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Location DB > United States > New York > Glenville > Amtrak Turboliner
Amtrak Turboliner
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created by Agent Skelly on 3/25/2006 9:30 PM
last modified by Gremm_Paltakin on 7/7/2014 8:44 PM
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The trainset that has been abandoned has for the engine, 2131 and 2139, the cafe car is 2380, and the coach cars are 2279 & 2281.

 Basic Information
Type: Passenger Train
Status: Scrap Metal
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Glenville, New York
United States
Owner: National Passenger Rairoad Corporation
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    These trains are very rare design. They for one thing, had the business class section in the back half of the engine cab.

    They are also apart of the history of passenger rail in New York State also one of the many blunders of the New York State gov't.

    UPDATE: Its sealed up, the doors are locked now and undercarriage holes are sealed now.
     Security Measures
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • Trucks from Nearby Adirondack Beverage
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1976
    Closed: 2002
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Rohr Industries built 7 trainsets of its Rohr Turboliners for Amtrak in the 1970s at its California plant.

    What is unique about these trains is that they are powered by a gas turbine engine instead of a conventional diesel engine that most trains are powered by and are designed for high speed service.

    The trainsets were sent for operation between Albany, NY and New York City, which is a pretty busy corridor. They operated right up to 1995, when they were pulled out of service to be rebuilt. All 7 trainsets got many upgrades, including a brand new 1600 horsepower turbine engine. These refurbished Turboliners are refered to as RTL II.

    They remained in service untill 2002. New York State, in conjunction with Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Adminstration funded for a 3rd complete rebuild of the RTL II trainsets. This time, they were sent to SuperSteel in Glenville, NY for the task. The first RTL III trainset went into service in April 2003 with a second train going into service a few weeks later, again on the Albany-New York City route. A third trainset was delivered later on, but did not go into service.

    In the fall of 2004, Amtrak pulled the 2 RTL III trains from service after problems with the HVAC system among many others. SuperSteel was ordered to stop the entire refurbishment process complely. At this point in time, there was trainsets halfway through the refurbishment process with one sitting in the yard.

    The 3 trainsets that were completed were sent to Amtrak's storage facility in Bear, DE. The half completed trainsets were removed from the shop floor and were shrinkwrapped and prepared for transport.

    The only trainset that never made entered the refurbishment sits now at the rail line spur for SuperSteel, where it has been sitting since 2002.

    The history on this particular trainset is that in its last few days of operation, the turbine engine failed in one of the engine cars and was pulled by a GE Geneies diesel locomotive for a week.
     Media Coverage
    Sold for scrap metal in 2012
     Future Plans


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    First Trip EVER!
    Sat, Mar 25th, 2006
    posted by Agent Skelly
    14 pictures
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    All aboooaaaardt! Tickets please! Now let me take this thing up to about a buck and a quarter!
    Sun, Mar 26th, 2006
    posted by 'Dukes
    3 pictures
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    Its Turbo Time!
    Sun, Mar 26th, 2006
    posted by Agent Skelly
    44 pictures
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    Mon, Mar 27th, 2006
    posted by homestead
    30 pictures

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    Coolness 10 / 10
    Content Quality 10 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 7/8/2014 5:33 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jul 8 14 at 5:33, Steed validated this location
  • on Jul 7 14 at 20:44, Gremm_Paltakin changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Security Measures, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Aug 29 06 at 22:52, Agent Skelly validated this location
  • on Aug 29 06 at 22:52, Agent Skelly changed the following: Accessibility, Interesting Features, Security Measures
  • on Apr 1 06 at 4:18, Agent Skelly validated this location
  • on Apr 1 06 at 4:18, Agent Skelly made this location public
  • on Mar 30 06 at 17:10, Agent Skelly validated this location
  • on Mar 30 06 at 11:30, homestead updated gallery picture IMG_0287
  • on Mar 30 06 at 11:24, homestead updated gallery picture IMG_0321
  • on Mar 30 06 at 11:23, homestead deleted picture 171916 from gallery 032606
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Did they ever finish this? Supersteel is closed.JMorgan110001/22/2010 7:59 PM by Agent Skelly
    You must log in for this feature to work.A Little FactoidSamurai920623/1/2009 3:45 AM by 'Dukes
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