Using Amtrak in Drive-Away.

Public transportation.  Something to be dreaded or, possibly, something to get excited about.

In my lifetime, I have used almost every form of public transportation there is available.  The Greyhound bus, various taxi services, the airlines, and the train.  I have not ridden on a subway system through a large city so I am unable to comment about that.

Traveling by train for long distances is, in my opinion, more comfortable and spacious than a bus.  There is more leg room on a train.  Both Joe and Jim are over 6 feet tall and they are large men.  Their joints are not as pliable as they once were.  The extra leg room allowed on a train is a good thing for them.  As is the spacious seats that don’t cramp them into tiny spaces.

Jim on the train

Jim on the train

Joe on the train

Joe on the train

The seats recline by pressing a button on the arm rest.  The trains have WiFi for those needing to check emails or surf the internet on their laptops or tablets.  Passengers can get up and move about the train car to work out kinks or stretch weary muscles.  There are bathroom facilities near.  For long trips there is a dining car available for meals and there is a deli car for sandwiches and drinks as well.

The first leg of my guys journey was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois.  The train cuts through the country side, sometimes intersecting with an interstate highway.  Snow covered fields are seen through the large viewing windows of each train car.

Snow covered fields

Snow covered fields

Winter bare trees

Winter bare trees

Nearing Chicago the open fields give way to the houses and buildings of a teeming city near the railroad tracks.

The outskirts of Chicago, Illinois

The outskirts of Chicago, Illinois

Approaching the large city

Approaching the large city

The grand lady of Chicago’s Union Station was completed in 1881.  Marble floors reflect the lights from brass lamps that surround the internal structure.  The lighting has been replaced in recent years and updated to energy efficient light bulbs with motion sensors.  Walls are made from Bedford limestone and fashioned into the Beaux-Arts facades.  Corinthian columns stand as giants along the stone walls and doorways.

Arrivals and departures

Arrivals and departures

Bedford limestone walls

Bedford limestone walls

Corinthian columns

Corinthian columns

Marble floors

Marble floors

Joe and Jim had a layover at Chicago’s Union Station for several  hours last night.  Joe walked the halls taking photos for me.  The two of them ordered a sandwich from a grill in the station.  The photo is a bit out of focus.

Grill at the train station

Grill at the train station

Joe and Jim boarded the train headed for Buffalo, New York last night around 9 p.m.  They both were hoping to get some rest in the seats and be fresh for the new day.  Seems the night was long and not very restful.

Sleeping in the seats

Sleeping in the seats

Daylight has dawned, snow is falling and it is cold.  The forecast for today in Buffalo will be for more snow and icy winds.  Joe has told me the trucks they are going for are not ready.  He doesn’t know when they will be ready to move.

His world outside the train’s window is waking up and going about the business of life on this cold winter day.

Train tracks in the snow

Train tracks in the snow

A bustling city ready for another day

A bustling city ready for another day

Houses framed by the train window

Houses framed by the train window

Another normal day is at hand in Drive-Away.  Uncertainty is normal.  The hoped for 500 mile driving day has just been hampered before the day even has a good start.

Hope you have enjoyed this peek into doing Singles in Drive-Away and the many adventures one can have.  I, for one, am happily ensconced at home and am getting ready to head to my craft room and take another stab at being creative.

Leslie

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About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

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