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More Adventures with Amtrak

Monday, June 17, 2019

Yesterday I boarded the Texas Eagle (Fort Worth to San Antonio) Amtrak for my return home after several days with my daughter’s family. Having had an almost seven hour delay in my trip north on Tuesday, I was suspicious when the Amtrak app showed Saturday’s southbound train to be on time, but sure enough, it had actually arrived at the Fort Worth station EARLY!

Of course, it still had to wait the full allotment of time before leaving Fort Worth (and then some, since Amtrak has to yield to all the freight trains on the rails)... Eventually, we pulled out about 35 minutes late, and ultimately arrived at my stop some 220 miles later about an hour and 15 minutes late....

But Oh! What a pleasant way to travel! Perched high above the ground in a typical passenger car, I have a bird’s eye view of all the land we cross... and since I don’t have to watch the road like I do when driving, I can enjoy the scenery.... and even take photos of whatever catches my imagination...

Like this old Pullman troop car parked on a side rail right outside the Temple, Texas train station


Or the beautiful Temple train station itself


One thing I didn’t notice on my northward journey was this installation of acres and acres of solar power cells as far as the eye could see


And of course, the sun was setting just as we crossed the trestle over Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin


My daughter had packed me some healthy snacks for the 5+ hours expected to finish the trip, including a baggie of fresh cherries, and a couple of ears of fresh corn cooked to perfection (corn was on sale at Sprouts for 8 ears for $1), and a quart of water that had been frozen and melted perfectly for cool drinking the whole trip... she even tucked in some very tasty homemade shortbread!

It was a great, fun trip, though I left behind the sweet munchkin who met me when I arrived in Fort Worth back home with his mom and siblings... i’ll Be looking forward to going back soon!
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