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Friday, August 19, 2005

Amtrak problem

I dropped my oldest daughter off at the train station this morning for a trip to Chicago. She had a reservation at about 10:30 on the northbound Texas Eagle. Right after I got back to work, she called me to say the train never left Texas last night, and Amtrak was putting the travelers on a bus. The Amtrak web site says the train is scheduled to arrive on time.

This is the second time in her short train traveling career she has been put on on a bus by Amtrak. The first time, it was the middle of the night, in Michigan, and the bus driver got lost. She was 14.

She just sent me this e-mail from her cell phone:

Dude next 2 me strong cologne what do i do making me sick

I don't know. All I can think of is:

Take me to the station
Put me on the train
I've got no expectation
To pass
Through here
Again - MJ/KR

UPDATE at 11:47 a.m.: I just talked to her and the bus driver can't figure out how to get off I-55 and into Bloomington.

UPDATE at 2:29 p.m.: She just called. The bus is about a half hour from the station. Timewise, that's not too bad. Especially when you consider, even when it's on time getting into Springfield (very rarely), that train is usually at least a couple hours late getting into Chicago. Also, the bus didn't make the stops in Lincoln, Pontiac and Joliet, that the train would have. And, she sounded much happier than the first couple times I talked to her.

Posted by Marie at August 19, 2005 11:18 AM


I once took the train from Springfield to Chicago, but it was the Ann Rutledge. It got me home about 90 minutes later than it was supposed to. Am I to presume that Amtrak is unreliable?

Posted by: tim at August 23, 2005 11:03 PM