East Coast Train Ride
Trains are a REAL mode of transportation all along the East Coast.
For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to take a trip by train. I finally had the perfect opportunity when my sister, Betty, came to visit in Baltimore. She and I decided to leave Bob to his work and visit places we've longed to see: Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod. The train was almost the perfect choice. The only drawback was that it didn't go to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, or Cape Cod. We improvised a little and took it to Providence, RI where we rented a car.
The train was a great disappointment, especially considering that the tickets were more expensive than airline tickets. I had envisioned beautiful sights from the windows since the fall colors were supposed to be at their peak in Rhode Island. The train moved so fast that all we saw was a massive blur of color. Rarely did we pass areas where the tracks weren't bordered by trees that completely blocked the view; although we did have a nice view of the New York City skyline.
I had also envisioned fine dining complete with linens and waiters in tuxes. I knew we would have plenty of time for a lovely lunch during our seven hour train ride (25+ stops between Baltimore and Providence). What a surprise to find only a snack bar with no seating at all. Our upgraded tickets got us free drinks but they closed the snack bar before each of those 25+ stop. Then half way through the trip, the "dining" car lost power and couldn't serve anything except cold drinks and/or cold hot dogs. For our sixty dollar upgrade we received two cups of coffee and a coke.
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