During the week of May 4, 2020, I had planned to ride CT Rail’s Hartford Line north from our town to Springfield, Massachusetts. That ride would carry me across the Warehouse Point railroad bridge – an iron bridge originally built in 1866. I was planning to write about that ride for National Train Day on May 9, 2020. Instead, I walked under the bridge where it crosses the Windsor Locks Canal. I took pictures and a short video of the train as it rolled above me and I used that for my Train Day post.
This year, fully vaccinated, masked and able to buy tickets on the CT Rail app on my phone, I decided to try again. I was going to ride north to Springfield, then south to New Haven, CT and then back home. A train ride on Wednesday May 5th would have given me the chance to get some pictures of and from the train, as well as Union Station in Springfield in time for Train Day.
Before I left for the train station in our town, the train was running 5-10 minutes late – not too bad for a train in the US. While parked at the station, I received a text message saying that “due to mechanical problems” the train was running 20-25 minutes late and that the delay was expected to increase. I decided that it wasn’t worth rushing around trying to make connections. I had done enough of that before I retired.
That decision turned out to be fortuitous. Wednesday was the day we noticed that we had to replace our refrigerator. In addition to being able to shop for a new refrigerator, I was able to avoid another delay. Later in the day, I received a text message that “due to police activity” the train I would have been on was delayed in New Haven.
Last week, as I’ve mentioned in two previous posts, I took the train to Springfield. I have some pictures to share, and I had a wonderful day. I was a week late for Train Day, but Congress cancelled National Train Day years ago, I suppose I can skip one year.
Here’s a short video taken while crossing that bridge.