A shiny metal suit…

For years, Microsoft has been compared to the Borg from Star Trek. However, with all the bruhaha regarding how they are coercing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10, I feel that a comparison to the Cybermen from Doctor Who was more apt.

I upgraded my two computers early, but left the other PCs in my household alone. I don’t think that Windows 10 in and of itself is a bad Operating System. However, I do know many who are hesitant to upgrade.

Also, speaking of cybermen, my cousin Sam dressed up as one for Halloween.

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His older brother, Carl, was the 11th Doctor (complete with Fez and bowtie)

Not the usual station

On a normal day, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief stops at the station in Lawrence.

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However, it is not this station.

The November 13th edition of the Chief was detoured over the Union Pacific line between Hutchinson and Kansas City due to a derailment. Although the UP line goes through Topeka and Lawrence, the station stops at these locations were cancelled.

Amtrak Heritage Sweep

In 2011, Amtrak painted a group of locomotives in special 40th Anniversary paint schemes resembling the different paint schemes on its locomotives. As a Depot Redux volunteer, I usually greet the Amtrak train on Saturday mornings. I’ve kept a lookout for the heritage units as well.

Within a year’s time, I had seen every one of the Amtrak units, and had also photographed all but one, most of them leading the train. Two weeks ago, I got the last of the Heritage Units, which has been based out of Kansas City on the River Runner. Today, I re-shot the only unit I had not photographed *leading* an Amtrak train. With that in mind, here are my photos of all of Amtrak’s heritage units

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Phase I: Amtrak 156, 12 July 2014, Lawrence, leading the Southwest Chief
(I have also caught 156 leading 2 Amtrak specials, as well as twice trailing on the Chief)

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Phase II: Amtrak 66, 4 October 2014, KC Union Station, leading the Missouri River Runner
(I previously saw 66 trailing on a Chief, but it was on a nightime train, and I did not have my camera)

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Phase III (1st): Amtrak 145, 7 September 2013, Camden, Missouri, leading the Chief
(I did catch this train at Lawrence; however, it got there before sunrise)

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Phase III (2nd): Amtrak 822, 15 March 2014, Lawrence, leading the Chief (156 is also in the consist)

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Both Phase III units together: 145 + 822, 11 July 2014, Lawrence, on an Amtrak special.

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Phase III (3rd): Amtrak 406, 12 April 2014, Topeka, with the Amtrak Exhibit Train (along with the Veteran’s Unit, see below)

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Phase IV: Amtrak 184, 19 October 2014, Lawrence, leading the Chief

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Veteran’s Unit: Amtrak 42, 11 November 2013, Lawrence, leading the Chief