|Subject: Re: Memorable train trips|
My most memorable train trip was in the mid 60's - I was around 10 yrs old. My
family & I went on vacation from NYC to Los Angeles. In those days one took a
train from NYC to Chicago and changed trains to the El Capitan that went from
Chicago to LA. The train from NY to Chicago was an upgraded subway car. The
snack bar was lit with a light bulb hanging from a wire. The rest of the
journey on the El Capitan was like a luxury hotel on rails. White linen
tableclothes, seats upstairs, bathroom facilities downstairs. Imagine the
scene in the Wizard of Oz, where it goes from black & white to color. That was
how different the two trains were.
Time for an honorable mention? My wife & I were going from Birmingham to Stratford upon Avon in England. It was a relatively minor train route apparently. I think we were the only ones on the 2 car train, aside from the driver. We came to a red light and the driver waited for several minutes. Finally he picked up the phone and rang a dispatcher (presumably). Within a few seconds the light changed to green, and we were on our way.