Tower is a very busy location. There are typically several Amtrak
trains an hour. During the week there are also MARC commuter trains.
And once or twice most days there is a CSX freight coming onto
or going off of the Pope's Creek Branch. Norfok Southern also
runs freight on the line, but usually at night!
this section we will share with you photos taken of trains at
Bowie Tower as we accumulate them. If you have a photo you'd like
to share with us, please send
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Photo by Teresa Renner
December 2, 2006, the Liberty Limited, a special train
of eighteen private cars carried over 100 recovering military
personnel from Walter Reed Army Hospital and Bethesda National
Naval Medical Center, along with guests, to Philadelphia, PA for
the 106th Army-Navy football game. The train traveled over Amtrak
to Philadelphia and then took a short detour over CSX to a Conrail
inter modal yard near the Philadelphia Eagles’ Stadium, where
the game was played (busses carried guests to the game).
in 2005 the trip was organized by Philadelphia businessman Bennett
Levin and his wife Vivian to show a token of our nation’s appreciation
to these wounded warriors for their service and sacrifices in
the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Bennett also owns the restored
Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) E-8 diesel locomotives that pulled
the train and several of the cars that were in the train, including
former PRR Office Car Pennsylvania 120 which brought up the markers
on the trip.
trip was completely free for the military personnel, no press
were permitted on-board, and all politics were left 'at the station.'
The private car owners donated the use of their cars. Most of
the transportation costs, gourmet food, refreshments, and “giveaway”
bags were also donated by a variety of generous individuals, organizations,
few factoids on the trip (Source: Bennett Levin):
1780 feet • Max Speed: 89 MPH
Soldiers, Sailors and Marines: 102
of the wounded: 30
entering stadium to witness game: 124
owners on board: 15
Preparation and Wait staff: 38
support from Walter Reed and Bethesda: 24
time enjoyed: By Everyone
guests including crew: 20
fourteenth car in the train was Washington,
D.C. Chapter NRHS' 1923 Pullman DOVER