Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Plans for the Future

I am still planning for April or May, maybe, the overnight to Atlanta. I would take the Silver Star or Carolinian from Cary, NC to Washington, DC or Alexandria, VA. and than take the Crescent to Atlanta. If I were to use Amtrak.com and plug in Cary, NC and Atlanta, GA they would have me take the Carolinian to Charlotte, NC and take the Crescent to Atlanta, from there. You would save travel time by leaving Cary 8 to 10 hours later but arrive in Atlanta at the same time. Layover time is less in Washington than Cary but the boarding of Crescent, in Charlotte is middle of the night. (2:45am). It is cheaper to transfer in Charlotte. Also, the Amtrak station is not in a easy access to good sightseeing, nor is the transfer during daylight hours.

After deciding to go to Atlanta in April, I came across the Virginia Transportation Museum excursion schedule and NW 611 is the engine. I would love to see it again. Than is the question of chase or ride. Both are unique events. Chasing involves taking pics or video of the train as it passes than hopping the car and running to get ahead of the train, than setting up for another run by. This happens as often and you can, throughout the excursion. I have chases 611 two times. The first was its first revenue run after being taken from the Roanoke Museum (what is now the Virginia Transportation Museum). I chase it again, through West Virginia for a two day excursion. The second day, I rode the excursion, into Roanoke.

On addition to chasing, taking the excursion is a unique experience. I will discuss later.

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