Evening of 2/28/13
As we passed though Olympia, WA there was still evidence of rain...
|Still raining in Olympia|
We seemed to be making up a bit of the time we had lost from our delayed Seattle departure. The normal half hour stop in Portland was shortened which allowed me to get in only five quick walking minutes. Then another shortened stop in Eugene -- the hippy-ville of Oregon -- for another quick five minute walk.
|Inside the small Eugene depot|
|Let not a store front be unadorned|
|More of Eugene storefront art|
Our gain has been eaten up as we have stopped for what seems like a very long time due to "switching problems". I am not totally sure of what that means, but I do know that when a passenger train gets behind in the schedule, it must give right of way to freight trains that are using the tracks. Freight trains always have the right of way. Interestingly the passengers simply take these delays in stride. One must not be in any hurry if one travels by train ;'-).
My trip involves a connecter train from L.A. to San Diego. That connecter is scheduled to leave about an hour after this train arrives. Last year we arrived late due to an accident on the tracks (remember that delay?) so we were too late for the connecter train. Amtrak got their buses running to transport us to SD. So at least I know they will get us there one way or another, even if late.