Quick Trip Summary and Route History:
It’s mid afternoon at Chicago’s Union Station as Amtrak’s Hiawatha service departs Chicago for Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Airport station in Milwaukee, WI as Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service arrives on it’s way to Chicago from downtown Milwaukee. We will ride all the way to Chicago both ways on Tracks owned by the Canadian Pacific and also Metra traveling approximately 87 miles and a time of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Leading the trains are IDTX SC-44 Charger #4624 and Amtrak Dash 8-32BWH #504, NPCU #90221, a former EMD F40PH locomotive that was rebuilt into a cab-control unit by Amtrak back in the late 1990s. This unit is also currently painted into a special scheme to honor our nation’s Veteran’s. And Siemens SC-44 Charger IDTX #4615 built in 2016 and went into service in August of 2017. The consist also includes a mix of Horizon Fleet and Amfleet passenger cars.The Hiawatha began operations on October 29, 1972. It is a state funded train of the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The train uses a small portion of a route once used by the famous Milwaukee Road Hiawatha trains that ran between Chicago and Minneapolis/St Paul. Minnesota.Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service continues the Milwaukee Road’s tradition of high speed train service and is a reminder of the railroad’s once great, presence. It is currently Amtrak’s ninth-busiest route, and the railroad’s busiest line in the Midwest with 14 daily trains, 7 in each direction, and 12 on Sundays. As well as is second-shortest route on the Amtrak system, with the first one being the New Haven–Springfield Shuttle in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Hiawatha’s ridership is very well and popular. It is a great way to travel between Chicago and Milwaukee as an alternative to driving on the parallel I-94. Here is what it is like to travel on the Hiawatha minus a few issues along the way and aggravating ringtones and sounds from cell-phones is pretty much the only disadvantage, otherwise.
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