QUOTE(KevinKorell @ Feb 15 2011, 01:26 AM)
91 caused the Auto Train, 53, to be ate again.
Wow that's quite a filling meal!
Who ate it?
the CSX dispatcher that stuck us behind 91......:-(
It always helps to have a full keyboard. Here goes.
After an uneventful trip to the Comfort Inn at Lorton and no false turns to get there we spent a restful night. Check out and four turns to the welcome booth at a bit after 11:AM. 4th car in line.
New, at least to me, the lady walked the line with car numbers. No ticket yet, no problem. Back to the booth and the booklet with NAME and Reservation # plus wheel chair sign are brought to the car. Then on down the line until 11:30 when the auto train drivers entered the check-in area. All cars with numbers go in and lined up to get carts and to the ticket/check-in counter. A time saver for the start and soon the lines at the counter are gone.
Lines later got as long as to the THIRD column back from the counter for coach. Sleepers never beyond the second column. The exits are between the first and second coumns as are the handicap seats, to give an idea as to length.
We were in 5345, the last sleeper from the locos. Layout, from speaker's message, is 2 locos, 2 diners, lounge, 3 coaches to the south of the waiting room door. Then coach, sleeper, 2 Delux sleepers, diner, lounge, 3 sleepers, crew sleeper and then the car carriers.
On the main line at a quarter to Four and heading south to sunshine. Then Quantico and a slow order to let 91 go by. Now speed is controlled by 91 and when it stops at Richmond, we stop. Then comes th word on the radio - 91 has hit someone/something just down the line and the CASH COW is held up again by a Silver Service train. But a welcome change in Amtrak operations. The Conductor came on the intercom and said 91 had an accident and we would have to wait for them to to move before we could continue. And so while we wait, Ill go to another page.