|Charlotte Skyline from Amtrak Station platform|
|Cary Amtrak Station|
Again, Greensboro gives a longer turnaround time for more watching of trains. There is a better location to watch from, not just from the platform. There is a crossing within 5 minute walk. Besides that, the part of town that the station is in is better for wondering around. There is the Civil Rights Museum in the Greensboro Woolworth, where the sit in took place, and contains the original lunch counter. OK. I am a liberal white American with guilt. I did not live during the sit in and no where near Greensboro, but just walking by that shrine of the Civil Right movement just gave me goose bumps to be on such sacred ground.
As I said in the last post, Tickets bought, now time to get the devises (cameras etc) ready, batteries charged, memory ready, and waiting for the "all aboard." It has been a while and I am not sure what to expect. The last time I was on a train it was nice and relaxed. A lot can changed. Here is the proposed itinerary with a note on the passenger trains I should see.
|Hamlet, NC to Cary, NC 6:29-8:15, Amtrak 92 Silver Star||1 hr. 46 min.|
|Cary NC |
|3 hr. 42 min.|
|Cary, NC to Greensboro, NC 11:57-1:18, NCDOT 73||1 hr. 19 min.|
|Greensboro, NC |
|5 hr. 31 min.|
|Greensboro, NC to Cary, NC 6:49-8:08, NCDOT 76||1 hr. 19 min.|
|Cary, NC to Hamlet, NC 9:27-11:21, Amtrak 91 Silver Star||1 hr. 54 min.|
The above was written before my previous post. It so happened that I may it by the Amtrak station in Florence. While there, I bought my tickets for this excursion. My next posts will encompass the trip itself. It has been too long since I have been on a train (except for the museum train). It should be fun or at least a good day apart.