CelticWhisper Rides the Rails (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Choo-Choo)

Discussion in 'Railways, Highways, Waterways' started by CelticWhisper, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Just passed 3 people standing at a factory loading dock waving at the train.
     
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  2. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Deep in the guts of PA now. Sweet Jesus there are a lot of trees out here. Horseshoe Curve was pretty cool.

    Just had a nice Greek salad and am contemplating going back for something else to nibble. They say they have pizza but I'm A: a Chicagoan and thus spoiled, and B: wary of the effects of microwaveable pizza on my digestive tract. Perhaps a nice cinnamon roll would be in order instead...
     
  3. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I would steer clear of the Amtrak pizza...
     
  4. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Good to know. Not too late, so will consider something else leafy or something prepackaged.
     
  5. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Now stopped in Harrisburg. Some very slow going on the last few miles of tracks, dunno why. More people waving, filming the train as we went past.

    Parked next to an old Pennsylvania Railroad engine. Cool.
     
  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Just passed by Harrisburg Int'l Airport.

    Heh.

    Heh heh.

    Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe...
     
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  7. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Conductor asked pax to please clear seats of personal belongings for new pax to sit down. "Laptops, backpacks, books, pillows, body parts, and anything else you may have put on the seat next to you."

    I thought "do the body parts have to be attached to me?"

    Maybe I should cut back on the Dexter.
     
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  9. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    So other than the oh-dark-thirty transfer, how did things go?

    Just think what we could do with a REAL train network, and not once a day oh dark thirty service?
     
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  10. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    FILMING THE TRAIN!!!!!! OMG!!!!!! You did "say something", didn't you?
     
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  11. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Ah, Doober beat me to the punch!

    After all, only terrorists would be filming a train, wouldn't they?!?!?!?!!?
     
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  12. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Shouldn't you be working? :p
     
  13. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Office closed an hour ago.

    I should still be catching up on my paperwork, though... :oops:
     
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  14. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I am SO enjoying your travel updates. Never been on a long train ride but you're convincing me I want to.
     
  15. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Doober: I said NOTHING. Mwahahahahaaa. And I'm not sorry either. :)

    I'm now in my hotel room. PHL traffic sucks pus through a swirly-straw, but I made it with my rental car all the way out to Reading (Mohnton technically) and the journey out is done.

    Desperately needed a shower but a family sleeper would take care of that.

    Verdict so far: SO SO SO SO SO MUCH BETTER than flying. Relaxing from start to finish, train amenities worth taking advantage of, Amtrak staff respect their customers unlike a lot of airlines (WN being the major exception - Southwest staff are always pleasant - but I've heard really bad things about Delta and United), and NO TSA ANYWHERE.
     
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  16. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Monica47, you really should take a train ride. It is an amazing way to see the country!

    I won't "out" you, but if I remember correctly where you live, there are 2 excellent routes you can take for some amazing scenery!
     
  17. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Yes, I've been checking them out.
     
  18. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Im actually thinking about this as for a vacation (bucket list) as short of MARC and other east coast trains have never really ridden the rails and would like to to that for the fun of the journey and the photographs I could take. Sadly right now there are much more critical items ahead of this on the bucket and general to do list.
     
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  20. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    On the 43 Pennsylvanian back from Philly to Pittsburgh. Business Class car is whisper-quiet and I had a NYT waiting for me on the seat when I got onboard.

    This is so awesome.
     

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