I’m thinking about trains this week. There have been several articles in our local papers about how the relatively new Connecticut Railroad’s Hartford Line has exceeded expectations and reached the One Million Passenger mark well ahead of schedule. I like this train, and I’m thinking about taking a ride just for the fun of it.
Our options for rail travel now include, taking the Hartford Line to New Haven and transferring to Metro North (commuter railway) into New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. We can also transfer to AMTRAK in New Haven with service into New York’s Penn Station. Of course, I can take AMTRAK right from our town to New York or anywhere along the Northeast Corridor. I have taken AMTRAK, numerous times, to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Note: I could take AMTRAK to Boston from New Haven, but the trip would be over an hour longer each way than driving.
I found an AMTRAK one-liner in my drafts folder, and I just had to laugh. This is an announcement the conductor makes at every major station.
“This is AMTRAK 141. This is NOT the Acela”
Check out the gallery to see why it should be unlikely for anyone who paid more to ride the Acela, to be stepping onto a Metroliner. Also, once inside, the Acela resembles a modern single-aisle passenger jet while the Metroliner looks like a 50-year-old train. Still, I have seen people scurry to the doors when the conductor makes that announcement.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. And, given the time of the year, it’s also part of Just-Jot-January. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.