Amfleet Meets Metroliner Across the Susquehanna
1980 Amtrak Calendar
Caption reads: A northbound Amfleet train, powered by a new
AEM-7 locomotive, meets an upgraded Metroliner-consist on the
Susquehanna River bridge between Havre de Grace and Perryville,
Full calendar photo below
Bill Schweers shared this great story!
My Grandfather worked for the
Pennsylvania Railroad as an Engineer. After his retirement,
he still received items from Amtrak such as calendars. I can
remember as a teenager, visiting my Grandparents and one such
calendar was hanging on the wall. I have always loved trains
and took an immediate interest in the calendar. It was Gil Reid´s
calendar from 1980 showing the Susquehanna River Bridge. I grew
up in Havre de Grace, Maryland and was absolutely fascinated
by the picture. I could tell that the view was from behind the
American Legion in Havre de Grace and started to look closely
at the details of the painting.
Now, whether anyone believes this
or not, it is up to you but my best friend and I were on our
way to go fishing behind the Legion and I remember seeing a
man sitting there painting a picture. I didn´t want to
bother him so my friend and I walked out on the wharf and started
to fish. Whenever a train passed over the bridge, we would wave
to them and they would blow their horns back at us. Because
of my above mentioned interest in trains, that was always a
treat. I never did see what the man that was sitting on the
riverbank was painting.
As I was staring at the calendar
at my Grandparents house, I noticed the 2 boys out on the wharf.
I was thinking, Boy they were lucky to be at the right
time and the right place to be a part of......wait a minute.....that´s
me and Steve!" I couldn´t believe it! So that´s
what the guy was painting! The boy standing with the red hair
is my friend Steve and the one sitting cross-legged is me! Of
course I was able to get a copy of it which I still have today.
I wish I could have thanked Mr. Reid for letting us be part
of one of his paintings. Even today, it really means a lot to
both my (still) best friend and I.