Jump to content




Photo

Washington, D.C


  • Please log in to reply
49 replies to this topic

#21 Ryan

Ryan

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 15,399 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:OTN
  • Interests:a fact checker combined with a ferret

Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:39 PM

I was only thinking about the Tidal Basin, are there cherry blossoms out on Hains Point?

(I've never actually been out there, obviously)
Posted Image

Disclaimer: Any images or links you see in my post may in fact be invasive advertising or even fraudulent phishing attacks silently injected into my post by our spam based hosting service. If anything looks suspicious or inappropriate or you have any doubt whatsoever then do not click any links (particularly those appearing in green and/or with a double underline) or interact with the spam in any way. You may also want to consider using ad-blocking plugins such as Adblock Plus and/or Ghostery)to help reduce the number and severity of advertising scams directed at you.

#22 Tracktwentynine

Tracktwentynine

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 588 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Greenbelt, MD

Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:43 PM

I was only thinking about the Tidal Basin, are there cherry blossoms out on Hains Point?

(I've never actually been out there, obviously)

Yes. The cherry trees line the river throughout the park . The main concentration, of course, is around the Tidal Basin, though.


Amtrak: 35,600 miles, 24 routes, 44 states, 2 provinces. First trip 5/2005. Miles in 2014: 10,154.

"My heart is warm with friends I make, And better friends I'll not be knowing; Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take, No matter where it's going."
--Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Travel"

Follow me: Twitter | Flickr | Tumblr | Blogspot | Greater Greater Washington


#23 NW cannonball

NW cannonball

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,504 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Minnesota
  • Interests:People and places
    Justice
    Transport economics
    Techie stuff
    Grandchildren

Posted 30 March 2014 - 01:42 AM

But that weird sculpture "The Awakening"  isn't out there on Hains Point any more.


Trains experienced:

AMTRAK - Empire Builder, SW Chief, Coast Starlight, Lake Shore Limited, Cardinal, Capital Limited, NER, Silver Star, Pacific Surfliner, Cascades.

Great Northern - Winnipegger, Red River, Empire Builder.

NYC - Pacemaker

Commuter lines - NM RailRunner, Metra, Northstar

outside USA - NS, DB, ÖBB, JR (Tokaido & Sanyo shinkansen, JRE (Tokyo area), JR Shikoku


#24 John Bredin

John Bredin

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 600 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:suburban Chicago (Des Plaines)

Posted 03 April 2014 - 02:31 PM

But that weird sculpture "The Awakening"  isn't out there on Hains Point any more.

Geez! Looks like John Brown's body is no longer a'moulderin' in the grave.  :help:



#25 dburden

dburden

    Train Attendant

  • Training
  • Pip
  • 29 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Unity, NH
  • Interests:Restoring, racing and hanging out around cars as well as travelling in general.

Posted 21 March 2015 - 09:23 PM

Just a plug for our favorite hotel in DC, the Hotel Harrington (https://www.hotel-harrington.com/)  It's about 1 mile from Union Station towards the White House.  You can walk there, but I'd suggest taking the long way up the Mall or take the subway. It's a cool old hotel so don't expect a gym or swimming pool.  It's also close to the FBI building, Ford's Theatre, the Old Post Office and the Mall.  There is also a connecting walkway between the lobby and the adjoining burger shop, Ollie's Trolliey (http://www.olliestrolleydc.com/).  

 

I found their ad in a 1922 version of an ALA Blue Book (early map book for motorists) and tried to get the advertised rate of $2.50/night, but they wouldn't bite.....

 

Dave


Riding the rails since 1985: Montrealer, Northeast Regional, Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited, Crescent, Sunset Limited, Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Pennsylvanian, Hiawatha.


#26 afigg

afigg

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,874 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia

Posted 05 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

Thought some prospective visitors to DC might be interested in this Washington Post article on how DC has become a hot tourist destination and how some locals get irritated by the visitors getting in the way, especially in the Metro: Tourists getting in your way? There’s a $7 billion reason to be patient. I have on several occasions helped tourists and visitors who have never taken or seen a Metro/subway system before, but this bit below was interesting. 

Aimless, distracted tourists who block the path of work-obsessed locals are particularly maddening, especially in Metro stations. The DCist blog calls tourists “escaleftors.”

 

“They don’t know how to use the Metro system,” said Caroline Miller, a senior business analyst for the Government National Mortgage Association. “People are trying to get to work. They’re like doorstops.”

 

James Gordon, who makes a living off tourists in his marketing job for the Smithsonian, was astonished last year when he encountered a family at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station that had never seen an escalator.

 

“They were marveling at it,” Gordon said. “Of course, they didn’t stand to the right.”

 

Never seen an escalator before? Probably a US family who drove to DC as one will encounter escalators on any almost trip through airports. 



#27 AmtrakBlue

AmtrakBlue

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,258 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 05 July 2015 - 04:51 PM

Thought some prospective visitors to DC might be interested in this Washington Post article on how DC has become a hot tourist destination and how some locals get irritated by the visitors getting in the way, especially in the Metro: Tourists getting in your way? There’s a $7 billion reason to be patient. I have on several occasions helped tourists and visitors who have never taken or seen a Metro/subway system before, but this bit below was interesting. 

Aimless, distracted tourists who block the path of work-obsessed locals are particularly maddening, especially in Metro stations. The DCist blog calls tourists “escaleftors.”

 

“They don’t know how to use the Metro system,” said Caroline Miller, a senior business analyst for the Government National Mortgage Association. “People are trying to get to work. They’re like doorstops.”

 

James Gordon, who makes a living off tourists in his marketing job for the Smithsonian, was astonished last year when he encountered a family at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station that had never seen an escalator.

 

“They were marveling at it,” Gordon said. “Of course, they didn’t stand to the right.”

 

Never seen an escalator before? Probably a US family who drove to DC as one will encounter escalators on any almost trip through airports. 

How long is the escalator at L'Enfant Plaza Metro?  I know I was fascinated on my first "subway" ride when I saw how long the escalator was.  

Also, as to the stand right, I "know" about that, but rarely go places where it's busy enough to for me to remember to do that.  


2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


#28 CHamilton

CHamilton

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,123 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Seattle

Posted 05 July 2015 - 04:53 PM

And some of us are unable to stand to the right due to physical disabilities. I was physically shoved aside by an uncaring individual on a Metro escalator last year. I almost wish that I had fallen. That jerk would have faced a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.


Amtrak can be better! Tell your local, state and national elected officials to support a more robust rail system. Join NARP and your local rail advocacy organization.
Where you'll find my posts: // All Aboard Washington (websiteFacebook) // Amtrak Unlimited Forum Group (Facebook) // Grow Trains (websiteFacebook, Twitter) // Restore the Pioneer Train (website, Facebook, Twitter) // Save the Seattle Waterfront Streetcar (Again) (websiteFacebook, Twitter) // Transit Riders of Puget Sound (Facebook) // Trains on FB (Facebook) // My Random Twitter Musings @HamiltonChas

#29 afigg

afigg

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,874 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Virginia

Posted 05 July 2015 - 05:14 PM

How long is the escalator at L'Enfant Plaza Metro?  I know I was fascinated on my first "subway" ride when I saw how long the escalator was.  
Also, as to the stand right, I "know" about that, but rarely go places where it's busy enough to for me to remember to do that.

There are many escalators in the L'Enfant Metro station as it is a transfer station between the Yellow/Green Lines and the Orange/Blue/Silver lines and has 3 entrances. I think the longest set of escalators would be the 3 leading to the L'Enfant Plaza Mall on west end at the 9th and G street entrance. Don't have a length for those escalators, maybe 150 feet (very roughly)?

FYI, the longest escalators in the Metro system and reportedly the longest single span ones in the western hemisphere, are in the Wheaton station on the Red Line and are 230' long. Just pointing that out in case anyone visiting DC wants to check off taking the longest escalators in the entire western hemisphere for the heck of it. It is a long slow ride on those escalators.  ;) Wikipedia entry on the Wheaton Metro station.

 

As for standing on the left on the escalators because sometimes you have to due to crowds, carrying luggage, escorting kids, whatever, yes, there are some locals who get overly pushy and downright rude charging up or down the escalators.



#30 CHamilton

CHamilton

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,123 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Seattle

Posted 05 July 2015 - 05:42 PM

As for standing on the left on the escalators because sometimes you have to due to crowds, carrying luggage, escorting kids, whatever, yes, there are some locals who get overly pushy and downright rude charging up or down the escalators.

 

And until WMATA posts "Walk on left/stand on right" signs like other systems have, it's ludicrous to expect everyone, especially the tourists (most of them taxpayers), to know that so-called rule. 


Amtrak can be better! Tell your local, state and national elected officials to support a more robust rail system. Join NARP and your local rail advocacy organization.
Where you'll find my posts: // All Aboard Washington (websiteFacebook) // Amtrak Unlimited Forum Group (Facebook) // Grow Trains (websiteFacebook, Twitter) // Restore the Pioneer Train (website, Facebook, Twitter) // Save the Seattle Waterfront Streetcar (Again) (websiteFacebook, Twitter) // Transit Riders of Puget Sound (Facebook) // Trains on FB (Facebook) // My Random Twitter Musings @HamiltonChas

#31 FrensicPic

FrensicPic

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,102 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:LAX
  • Interests:Trains, photography and radio communications...not necessarily in that order.

Posted 05 July 2015 - 05:51 PM

Headed there for an upcoming trip...we'll see how it goes. I encounter students on foot at the university near where I work...no clue about  walk on the right, pass on the left. Makes you wonder how they drive!


John...

29,076 miles on the Coast Starlight, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Southwest Chief, Empire Builder, California Zephyr and Capitol Limited.

More miles on the Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink, White Pass and Yukon Route, Grand Canyon Railway, Napa Valley Wine Train, Fillmore and Western and private railcars with LARail.com

 

Photos: http://www.flickr.co...rensicpic/sets/<p> 


#32 Manny T

Manny T

    OBS Chief

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 312 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Chicago IL

Posted 05 July 2015 - 11:01 PM

Best attractions within walking distance of Union Station imo are the Newseum (5-10 min. walk from station) and the National Gallery (10-15 min. walk from station).

I was very skeptical of visiting the Newseum but it won me over with 5 floors of diverse and interesting attractions--check website for what's on view during your layover. 

National Gallery needs no plug from me. Incomparable art. (East Building is closed for renovation.)

 

Georgetown is actually quite easy to reach from station via DC Circulator as stated above, but it's a longish ride, and I don't think it's a layover type attraction.

 

If you want a hotel that's so close to Union Station you could hop there on one foot, I would recommend the Phoenix Park Hotel, with a good Irish pub, the Dubliner, on the ground floor. Literally 1 1/2 blocks away (3-5 min. walk).



#33 flying_babyb

flying_babyb

    Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 65 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:wisconsin
  • Interests:travel, teaching, frugal living, pets

Posted 02 January 2016 - 04:58 PM

ok odd question: We took the metro in dc once, it was a longish ride and we ended up in some place with a 3 story shopping mall that had lots of stores, a burger king, subway. It also sold patches and stuff. Anyone know what one Im talking about? I also rode to a outlet mall that had a rue 21 like store... Anyone know this one? Making a trip with a shopaholic



#34 Ryan

Ryan

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 15,399 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:OTN
  • Interests:a fact checker combined with a ferret

Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:31 PM

On the Red Line (no transfers)? Long ride from Union Station?

My first instinct is Pentagon City, but that involves a transfer.
Posted Image

Disclaimer: Any images or links you see in my post may in fact be invasive advertising or even fraudulent phishing attacks silently injected into my post by our spam based hosting service. If anything looks suspicious or inappropriate or you have any doubt whatsoever then do not click any links (particularly those appearing in green and/or with a double underline) or interact with the spam in any way. You may also want to consider using ad-blocking plugins such as Adblock Plus and/or Ghostery)to help reduce the number and severity of advertising scams directed at you.

#35 pennyk

pennyk

    Engineer

  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,916 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Orlando, FL

Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:40 PM

On the Red Line (no transfers)? Long ride from Union Station?

My first instinct is Pentagon City, but that involves a transfer.

Is there a mall at Silver Spring, MD?


Amtrak miles: 215,971; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion (1973), Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Autumn Express 2015, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner; Lakeshore Limited (BOS-ALB), Autumn Express 2016, Palmetto.

VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian (westbound), Ocean; Alaska Railroad Denali Star: 356 miles


#36 AmtrakBlue

AmtrakBlue

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,258 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:44 PM

 

On the Red Line (no transfers)? Long ride from Union Station?

My first instinct is Pentagon City, but that involves a transfer.

Is there a mall at Silver Spring, MD?

 

Isn't that the one we went to (it came to my mind too)?  But that was on the new Silver Line.   flying_babyb may be talking about before the Silver Line opened.


2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


#37 pennyk

pennyk

    Engineer

  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,916 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Orlando, FL

Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:56 PM

 

 

On the Red Line (no transfers)? Long ride from Union Station?

My first instinct is Pentagon City, but that involves a transfer.

Is there a mall at Silver Spring, MD?

 

Isn't that the one we went to (it came to my mind too)?  But that was on the new Silver Line.   flying_babyb may be talking about before the Silver Line opened.

 

Tyson's Corner Center is on Silver Line


Amtrak miles: 215,971; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion (1973), Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Autumn Express 2015, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner; Lakeshore Limited (BOS-ALB), Autumn Express 2016, Palmetto.

VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian (westbound), Ocean; Alaska Railroad Denali Star: 356 miles


#38 AmtrakBlue

AmtrakBlue

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,258 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 02 January 2016 - 06:00 PM

 

 

 

On the Red Line (no transfers)? Long ride from Union Station?

My first instinct is Pentagon City, but that involves a transfer.

Is there a mall at Silver Spring, MD?

 

Isn't that the one we went to (it came to my mind too)?  But that was on the new Silver Line.   flying_babyb may be talking about before the Silver Line opened.

 

Tyson's Corner Center is on Silver Line

 

That's right.  Silver Springs was where we stopped on the way back.  Didn't stay there long, myself, but went with a couple of the guys back into DC to look for someplace for dinner.


2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


#39 flying_babyb

flying_babyb

    Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 65 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:wisconsin
  • Interests:travel, teaching, frugal living, pets

Posted 02 January 2016 - 11:57 PM

we got on at wolley park or the omni shoreham... I remember having to transfer.  Was there july 1st 2004, 2006 if that helps.



#40 Ryan

Ryan

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 15,399 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:OTN
  • Interests:a fact checker combined with a ferret

Posted 03 January 2016 - 07:59 AM

With the transfer (so not on the Red Line), you are almost certainly thinking of Pentagon City.
Posted Image

Disclaimer: Any images or links you see in my post may in fact be invasive advertising or even fraudulent phishing attacks silently injected into my post by our spam based hosting service. If anything looks suspicious or inappropriate or you have any doubt whatsoever then do not click any links (particularly those appearing in green and/or with a double underline) or interact with the spam in any way. You may also want to consider using ad-blocking plugins such as Adblock Plus and/or Ghostery)to help reduce the number and severity of advertising scams directed at you.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users