did not end on
flight on Jetblue was over three hours late getting into
plan was to leave
I got to Union station at ; 23 minutes before the Maple Leaf was scheduled to depart. I lined up to await boarding. Boarding began just before . I was seated in Amfleet 1 coach #82701. I played “Plants vs. Zombies” for a few minutes. The train left on time.
equipment that would be today's VIA train 56 and 54 passed. I filmed part of
the train. As we passed VIA's
A little while later, we stopped at St. Catherines. We departed a few minutes later. Throughout the trip, I was seated across from two older men. One of them kept making annoying noises. Now, this guy started meowing like a cat.
We passed a
CN freight just as we passed over the
VIA train 97 arrived on time, but it took a few minutes and a double stop before I could get off. When I was finally able to, I photographed the train.
I then filmed the train departing. While the Maple Leaf had its typical consist of a diesel, three Amfleet 2 coaches, an Amfleet 1 coach, and an Amfleet 1 cafe car with a business class section, the first two Amfleet 2 coaches were empty.
I then went back to the station and phoned my aunt. While I was waiting, I photographed a Niagara Falls Transit Orion 7 waiting to go into service on route 60.
My aunt arrived
a few minutes later. I put my suitcase in the trunk of her car and got in. We
stopped at a place a short drive from the train station so she could get me a
key to her house. We then stopped at her house briefly before she took me to
the intersection of
minutes later, we got to
took several minutes, but I eventually got to
#102 departed the terminal on route 1 Broadway. It passed through mostly residential areas. I was hoping there would be a fast food restaurant along the route so I could have lunch. Unfortunately, there weren't any. When we got back to the transit terminal I photographed #102 and some other buses in the terminal.
102 pulling away. I stuck around to the next pulse of buses and boarded a Blue
Bird on route 2 hoping to find somewhere to have lunch but was unsuccessful.
When I got back to the terminal, I ate at a place across the street. I then
boarded the route 60 back to
waiting for a bus, I photographed an old Niagara Transit bus stop sign because
it has a picture of a Classic and the Classic era in
I then caught a route 12 bus to the strip mall near my aunt's house. I then walked back to her house after stopping in two convenience stores. About 10 minutes after I got back, my aunt arrived home from work. I watched TV for awhile and then we went out for supper. After supper, I watched the latest episode of Survivor where I saw one of the four contestants I was rooting for get voted out. (Another player I was rooting for had been voted out the week prior.) I worked on this report some more and went online on my aunt's computer. I eventually called it a night.
I got up and had breakfast. I then got dressed and worked on this report some more. I then finished packing.
My aunt was
at work, but she got back around .
We then headed out after making a stop at a nearby Tim Horton's. We then hit
the highway. Going into the
The oversize load was not a subway car however, and my aunt soon dropped me off at the airport. I then checked in and checked my suitcase. I then cleared security without incident.
into the Wi Fi at the airport. I checked a few things before I had lunch. After
lunch, I returned to the gate to await boarding of my plane. When the plane
pulled up to the gate, I saw it was Embraer 190 N274JB. That plane was involved
in a, interesting incident back in 2010 involving Jetblue's most infamous
former flight attendant. In August of 2010, N274JB had arrived into
I photographed the plane while I waited to board.
Yes, this is the Steven Slater plane! He jumped out the front door of this side of the plane.
Boarding began just before . It was a full flight. Before we left, the plane was de-iced. The plane soon took off. I watched the satellite TV which took up the 61 minute flight. I filmed the landing. I figured I could make my connection. Once inside the terminal, I didn't have time to photograph N274JB.
had arrived at gate C30. My connecting flight was at gate C40. I followed the
signs leading to gate C40 and had to go through security again! Even though I
was connecting from a domestic flight! By the time I got through security, I
was barely able to make my connecting flight, but I made it. It was another
Embraer 190. I was obviously the last passenger to board. The plane soon
departed and I filmed the take off roll. When the plane reached its cruising
altitude, I managed to get myself organized for the rest of the flight. I again
watched the plane's satellite TV for the rest of the flight. As the plane came
into land at
I went to the baggage claim, but for the first time, the airline had lost my suitcase! That's just great. One thing about Amtrak is that they are way less likely to loose baggage!
I spoke to a Jetblue employee who said they would deliver the suitcase by . To make things interesting, the employee I spoke with had the same first and middle names as me! I phoned home and let my mom know I had barely made my connecting flight but not my suitcase.
I went the
Metro station and caught a yellow line train to L'Enfant Plaza and then transferred
to the blue line. I had to wait for three orange line trains before my train
arrived. While I was on the Yellow line, we passed the Amtrak's
I rode the
After dinner, I went back to my room and worked on this report some more until just before . At that point, I decided to go to the lobby to see if my suitcase had arrived yet. It hadn't. When I went back to my room, I found my room key wasn't working! I went to the lobby since I've had similar problems before, but it still didn't work after they scanned it. I returned to the lobby. A security guard tried to open the door with her own key and it STILL didn't work! They ended up putting me in another room for the night. I went to a nearby 7-11 and bought some milk. Shortly after I got back, Jetblue finally dropped off my suitcase. I took it to the other room. By now it was . I called it a night.
I got up at . The hotel manager told me that he was able to open the door to my other room. I quickly got dressed and packed my suitcase thinking the problem was solved. I went to the lobby and was eventually given a key to my original room. I went there and it still didn't work! I told the manager who was able to open the door, but he couldn't get my room key to work. I got the stuff from that room and packed it up and moved to the other room. I then dropped some stuff off and went to a nearby IHOP for breakfast.
While I was there, I unsuccessfully tried to log on. After breakfast, I caught a bus to the Largo Town Center Metro Station. When I got there, I boarded the front car of the train. Two people sat across from me. One wasn't sure which direction we'd depart. I told them that we'd go the direction we were facing. The other person said she rode Metro every day; I added “I'm not even from the area!”
I rode the train to Capitol South and walked to the U.S. Capitol. About a month earlier, I learned they had erected a statue of Rosa Parks in the Capitol and I wanted to see it. However, they didn't allow food in the Capitol and I didn't to throw it out, so I left. I photographed the Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court.
I caught a Van Hool A330 on the DC Circulator to Union Station. I photographed it when I got off.
around the shops for a few minutes before I caught a Red Line subway train six
stops North to
Metro Bus Orion 5 #4299 on route S2 and went for a short ride. I filmed the bus
pulling away and then caught a Metro train back to Union Station. I bought lunch
and ate it while I waited for train 95 to board. When it was time to board
train 95, I saw it was on the platform next to the Capitol Limited which had
I was seated in Amfleet 1 coach # 82672. I got a window seat on the right hand side of the train. Train 95 departed on time.
I then went inside the station for a few minutes. When I came out, I saw a southbound CSX coal train. I photographed it as it raced past.
I then went by a railway crossing and awaited the Auto train to pass by. While I was waiting, I filmed both the northbound and southbound Silver Stars. A little while later, I filmed the southbound Auto Train as it raced through. The Auto Train had two P40s and 43 cars.
Auto Train passed through
I made my way back to the Amtrak station. I learned that train 80, Amtrak's northbound Carolinian was running almost an hour late. I wondered if I could get on it instead of train 66 which was scheduled to arrive at . I photographed train 80 pulling in.
The train had stopped on the opposite track than what I was expecting. The crossing at the north end of the station was still going and I was uncertain if it was safe, but the engineer said I could cross so I did. I usually obey railway crossings, but since the engineer said it was okay, I crossed.
I asked the
conductor if I could ride the train to
We passed a
few passenger trains and by the Lorton terminal. A few Auto Train auto racks
were still in the yard. We stopped at
Train 80 arrived into Washington Union Station at . I got off and photographed the train as well as Amtrak's Corridor Clipper coach.
headed for the Metro and rode to
around the mall and had a 20 minute back rub. I had dinner in the food court. I
eventually bought some items at a CVS Pharmacy before I caught a Blue line
train back to
I then caught a bus on route C22 back to my hotel. I worked on this report some more. Around , I went to the 7-11 across the street and bought some milk. After I got back to the hotel, I worked on this report for a few more minutes before I called it a night.
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