Glad yall are back on the Rails!Off to Worcester, MA and then a ride on the Downeaster to Brunswick, ME to check out the mileage from Portland. Bedrooms on the LSL to avoid as much contact as possible. Have had our second shots four weeks ago, but still wearing masks everywhere, avoiding large crowds, and only playing golf three times per week.
Well, my first post-vaccination Amtrak trip turned out to be a spur of the moment unplanned Amtrak day trip from Kissimmee to Tampa and back by the Silver Star in Roomette yesterday (4/10/21).
Outbound it was a little over an hour behind schedule, but still got lunch served in my room. The Creole Shrimp Andouille was pretty good. On the way back we were about half an hour behind schedule, and I had dinner in my room. This time it was the Red Wine Braised Beef with a glass of Red Wine, and that was pretty good too.
Also got to travel through one of those famous Florida Thunderstorms on the way back. Further North in the Panhandle the same line of storms spawned at least one Tornado (actually a Waterpsout that came onto land) near Panama City.
On the outbound, for no apparent reason I was upgraded to the H Room, something that I have never traveled in before on a Viewliner. So that was somewhat interesting.
The next trip will be to New York City in a couple of weeks, to visit the Moynihan Train Hall.
It will be a while. So far I think Amtrak has received only 16 or 18 of the 25. They have about 12 in circulation of which 8 are on the 4 Silver consists, and 4 for standby and shop. The last four received I don't think are in service yet, but soon to be. When that happens I suspect the Silver consists now and perhaps the Silver Meteor after June 7 could go all VII.
The H Room on the VIs was the best Room I've ever had on Amtrak!Looking forward to riding in a VII before they get "rode hard and put up wet!"
About three hours, with looming thunderstorms, with the sky all lit up with lightning, so no, I did not venture far from the station. It is no fun getting hit by a lightningHow long was the Layover at the Tampa Station and did you do any sightseeing?
The ferry ride is nice, but I've done that several times already. What I'm interested in is actually seeing some stuff on Staten Island. I think I might ride the train all the way to Tottenville and walk over to Conference House Park, which has the southernmost point of New York State. Not sure what else I might want to see, or whether I can fit it in, but there are beaches, a museum of Tibetan art, and a "Chinese Scholars's Garden." Not sure where I want to have dinner, either.Never been to Coney Island but do completely agree with the Staten Island Ferry, incomparable, would take it twice and three times.
Maybe that is what I will do during my several hours layover between the arrival and departure of the Silver Meteor.I took Amtrak from Harrisburg to New York two weeks ago. Round trip same day. Enough time to explore Moynihan hall and enjoy the first class lounge and walk to McSorleys for a few light beers and a turkey sandwich.
Assuming there IS a gathering (hoping & praying!) - I need to get going on planning transportation. I live in Indy - but I'd like to be a bit more creative than simply taking the Cardinal back and forth to Chicago. That being said - sleeper prices are at an all-time high, and I'm not sure the cancellation policies are as friendly now as they were before......before I set off for the Gathering trip in October.
Here's something to consider doing in Old Town Alexandria. Daylight outdoor concerts in The Secret Garden:so I am looking at Alexandria, Virginia, in mid-May.
Welcome HappyTheHobo! I'm going to be in Yuma before you. (May 3). I'm going into Los Algodones for some dental work. Get your passport if you don't already have one.Going round trip from Arkansaw to Yuma, AZ and back in a roomette in early June. Hoping and praying that traditional dining returns to the Texas Eagle before then. Other wise we plan to smile and enjoy ourselves no matter. Also, our first Amtrak trip.
As far as I am concerned, unless the country somehow manages to descend into a complete new outbreak chaos by October, I am planning to make the Gathering trip irrespective of whether there is a Gathering or not.Assuming there IS a gathering (hoping & praying!) - I need to get going on planning transportation. I live in Indy - but I'd like to be a bit more creative than simply taking the Cardinal back and forth to Chicago. That being said - sleeper prices are at an all-time high, and I'm not sure the cancellation policies are as friendly now as they were before...