The day arrives.
My alarm goes off about . I am too nervous to eat much. I just have a bagel before shave and showering. I check out my last minute emails, and pack up my laptop for the journey.
7:50, I head downstairs to meet my mother who helps see me off to Penn Station. I take the obligatory photo of my luggage and backpack. I am lucky I don’t fly, because my luggage is way too heavy for them. It’s hard enough to get them onto the elevated train station where I live. But compared to what I carry for work daily, this isn’t that much heavier.
My parents are meeting me down their, they are flying tomorrow morning.
No train problems for my first leg of my journey, I arrive at Penn Station at . I wait in the Acela Lounge since I am in a first class sleeper car and enjoy the amenities there.
They have the usual juice and soda available, but no snacks. I also take advantage of the free wi-fi internet while I wait the two hours for my train. I like to get there early, just feel better about it.
A little before 10 am, they
announce the 10 am Acela to
Another tradition of I seem to have, I watch the Warriors on DVD in the lounge. I can almost quote the movie line by line. It just makes the time go faster. I have about ½ hour to go before boarding. Train should leave Penn at . I only had a little delay once during my Jan 09 trip. Due to the cold weather the switches in the train yard by Sunnyside, Queens were frozen. Hopefully my luck continues.
At about a , still no announcement about boarding gate yet. I see the lounge worker is busy chatting with friends. I take a look at the departure schedule and find they assigned a track number to my train. I ask the lounge person about this, and she makes a disgusted gesture that someone should have called her to let her know. I can just imagine if I didn’t look, me and the others waiting could have missed the train. After I spoke to her, she makes the boarding gate announcement.
The locomotive is electric from Penn Station to
Let me take a step backwards at this point. All the trains I have been on till now are configured like this. Of course first comes the locomotive, then comes the baggage car, then the sleepers, dining car, and the Coach cars. Not sure of what is after, if anything, cause I only walk from my car to the dining car.
Well it seems that Amtrak was getting complaints from sleeper room first class passengers about the train whistle, so they switched the train setup to place the sleepers last, at the back of the train. Which people made comments saying this gives a little rougher ride, as there is no weight of the train behind the sleepers to keep it from bouncing. This was warned to me before leaving. Nothing I can really do.
Now back to my trip report.
I get on the escalator by the departure gate, which
takes me down to the train platform and I am directed to the back of the
train. I find the sleeper car with my
number and meet my sleeper car steward.
I am surprised when he calls me by name.
It seems I will be his only passenger for some of the trip down, the
only person boarding at
I feel the trains first movement right on our departure time. We are on our way J When the train leaves Penn, between 9th and 10th avenues, we are in a below ground cut with open air above us, so I see sunlight for the last time in Manhattan before hitting the trans-Hudson tunnel to New Jersey.
Before we hit
While we are stopped at Newark Station, a New Jersey Transit train, on the same track as us, while waiting for us to leave, enters the station and gets a little close, well not real close, but it also starts having passengers enter and exit their train while waiting for us to leave.
Less then an hour after first entering
Its , we are in 30th st station in Philly, some more people entered the sleeper car here.. I ate lunch, Angus cheeseburger, chips, diet Pepsi, and for dessert, Oreo cake :)
, just passed the Auto Train and the Juice train
I had a salad; I had light Italian dressing on it. On the table is a basket of different dressings, I couldn’t find any I really liked, so I took the light Italian. For my main entrée I had the flat iron steak. This seems to be different then when I had it in the past. This seems to be a cook potted meat. It was soft enough, you could cut it with a butter knife, It was ok, but I like my meat a little harder. My baked potato was opposite, it was cooked, but like mine softer :) haha I had the Oreo pie again for dessert.
One comment about my dining car. This was way
more comfortable then the older dining cars I have used in the past
Going to lay down for a bit now.
, Just noticed, According to my GPS, I am in
, stopped at
When going on any trip, you know how there is one thing you are assured you packed, but have a doubt in the back of your mind? Well this is my itch I couldnt scratch. A week before leaving, I bought blank video tapes, placed them on my luggage. But when I was checking my luggage before leaving. I didn’t remember seeing it, did I pack it or forget it? Well, I laid down my luggage to open it, and started to rummage through it, and my worst fear appeared to be true, I couldn’t find it.
What to do?? When I arrive at
I fell asleep for about an hour or so.
Sorry, slept through
We are approaching
I slept through most of
I asked about the difference in the dining car to the steward, and he told me this car was recently remodeled, which is a good thing. All my other previous dining onboard felt a certain awkwardness to how the bench chairs and table setups. I hope I get a similar car on my return trip.
I spoke to my parents, they are at the airport and through security already, about 3 hrs early. They were concerned with getting there and worries about holiday weekend making things backup at the airport.
going to laydown now again.
. This is where anticipation really takes off. We are leaving Deland. Next comes Winterpark, then Orlando.
, Winterpark, next comes….
You know what J We are
due to arrive at at
……. 8 minutes early……23 hours, 15 minutes after leaving Penn
hel-lo Or-lan-do J
I made it.