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Part 2: Adirondack, Vermonter, Downeaster in 5 days


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#1 margo

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:50 AM

9-21  Since we were staying near BOS, we took a taxi to BON to catch the Downeaster to Portland.  It was another pretty ride, arriving about noon. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn on the Waterfront. It was very nice and had a shuttle and coin laundry and was within walking distance of everything we wanted to see on the waterfront. We strolled along the beautiful waterfront until 2:00 pm. Then we caught the Lucky Catch, a working lobster boat! What fun!  How many times do 2 seniors from Louisiana get to go lobstering ! We and our about 10 shipmates helped bait and launch the traps.  Capitalism at it's best!  We paid $35.00 each to work! We learned so much and saw 6 lighthouses and 2 forts and other sights in the Casco Bay, including a harbor seal. After 1 1/2 hours, we were back at the harbor where we had a wonderful Lobster roll.  We checked out the shops and sights going back to our hotel.  

9-22  After breakfast at the Hilton (not included in the hotel price), we took their shuttle back to the station. Our Downeaster left on time. We sat in the Dome car for beautiful views. We arrived at BON and took a taxi to BOS. We took the Northeast Regional to Baltimore. After about 8 hours, we arrived at BAL and took a taxi to The Inn at Henderson Wharf, a beautiful location , right on the water.

9-23  After breakfast (included) we walked along the harbor and caught the Water Taxi.  It was a great way to see the bay and get to Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner.  A beautiful place and great learning experience. Then we caught the Water Taxi again to see the rest of the Harbor, including some tallships, a submarine, a pirate ship and 2 Coast Guard ships and the shortest (7 feet) lighthouse we have ever seen. We retrieved our luggage from our hotel and taxied to the station.  The Baltimore station is a bit dismal.  Wifi is available only at 2 charging stations, where you take turns standing .  The Crescent coming from NYP was 2 hours late. We were then on our way home to Louisiana.  

9-24  We arrived in NOL 2 hours late and headed to our hotel, which was an experience in itself!. The Ace Hotel is a clean hotel in the Warehouse District. But let me just say, I don't think it is meant for families or conservative seniors, no matter how many Rocketmiles points you get. LOL  Of course, it is New Orleans.  

9-25  We took the SL back to LCH. It was another wonderful Amtrak trip (our only kind of travel now).  The only way it could have been better, is if the foliage had been better.  I'm sure October is a prettier time.  But we needed to catch the Port Kent Ferry, that closes 9-24 and we had a grandbaby due at home.  But in our opinion, any train trip is a good trip.  Happy rails! :) 


Trains ridden: Downeaster, Adirondack, Vermonter, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Crescent, Cardinal, Capitol Limited, Lake shore Limited, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Texas eagle, Sunset limited, Coast Starlight, Empire Service, City of New Orleans. Scenic excursion trains-Combres & Toltec from Chama NM, Georgetown Loop in CO, White Pass & Yukon in Alaska.  I also rode the KCS passenger train from Shreveport, LA to Dequincy, LA many times, and Lake Charles to Kansas City,  before Amtrak.  This shows my age . My father and brother worked for the KCS, so I guess trains are in my blood!


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:16 AM

Most enjoyable, thanks for sharing!😎

And hopefully soon ( in we Seniors Lifetime!) there will be Daily service on the Eagle/Sunset Route and to Florida from NOL.
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 03:07 PM

;) Wouldn't that be great!!


Trains ridden: Downeaster, Adirondack, Vermonter, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Crescent, Cardinal, Capitol Limited, Lake shore Limited, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Texas eagle, Sunset limited, Coast Starlight, Empire Service, City of New Orleans. Scenic excursion trains-Combres & Toltec from Chama NM, Georgetown Loop in CO, White Pass & Yukon in Alaska.  I also rode the KCS passenger train from Shreveport, LA to Dequincy, LA many times, and Lake Charles to Kansas City,  before Amtrak.  This shows my age . My father and brother worked for the KCS, so I guess trains are in my blood!


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 04:17 PM

Enjoyed your two trip reports. We have done the Port Kent ferry and Adirondack in the opposite direction a few years ago. And Portland, ME is so nice to walk around in.  We took the mail boat in POR and enjoyed a long day delivering goods to the islands around Casko Bay. Glad you had a good time on Crescent, another favorite train and that you enjoy Amtrak.


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Lake Shore Ltd, Capitol Ltd, Pennsylvanian, NE Corridors, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Hoosier, SW Chief, Surfliners, California Capitol Corridors, Coast Starlight, Cascades. Texas Eagle, San Joaquins, Missouri River Runner,Cardinal, Downeaster, Silver Meteor, Keystones, Auto Train, Adirondack, Lincoln Service, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Texas Eagle Detour Rt, 2013 Autumn Express Tour PHL, Silver Star, Sunset Limited -Acela Express-  2015 Autumn Express ALB - Empire Service Via Rail Corridor Trains Cobourg-Ottawa-Montreal,(round trip)  The Ocean (round trip)--   2,250 miles


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:43 AM

Great review.

 

What was the charge for a taxi from BON to BOS?  Are they thinking of a shuttle?


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:57 PM

Lovely report--thank you! :)






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