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Several pieces of the C&O Heritage Railroad Museum in
Clifton Forge,VA which we will be visiting again this Friday.
The train continued east to Staunton, our station stop on our
route.there. The train arrived in Staunton and during my fresh
air break, because we arrived 12 minutes early, it started to
pour down rain. This was the first good rain of this trip and
we could expect more to come.
The Cardinal at rest at Charlottesville.
The train ran down the Buckingham Branch to Orange then onto
the old Southern Railway mainline north to Culpepper,
Manasssas and then on to Alexandria. It rained most of the way
north towards DC. After that it crossed the Potomac River and
through the Potomac Tunnel and the final stop of the Cardinal
at Washington DC Union
We walked into Club Acela and checked to see if we could take an earlier train to New York City. They said to call Guest Rewards which Chris did and used his points for Business Class on Train 186. The hostesses in Club Acela then printed our tickets and soon we were on our way out to the train on a rainy night.
We got on the train and Chris called to
see if we could get into the Hotel Pennsylvania and their
answer was no! We got on Booking.com and he came up with an
idea why not Newark, New Jersey and we got a room at the Hotel
Rivera. The train left on time and made it through the night
and all too soon we arrived into Newark. We then taxied out to
the Hotel Rivera for the night. I think we got one of the last
rooms here. All the hotels in the area were heavily booked but
we save some dollars by staying in New Jersey instead of
Manhattan. The room had two bedrooms so we each had our own
room. A quick shower and then it was time to hit the sack.