Well, that was a revoltin’ development. Because of the storm that hit California the other day and is now around eastern Missouri and southern Illinois (at least that’s the reason I was given), Amtrak decided to just cancel today’s westbound Texas Eagle with no alternate transportation. The woman at the Amtrak ticket counter was very nice, but the best that she could offer me was the family room on tomorrow’s train. I decided to just cancel the whole trip.
So I won’t be attending the Southwestern Rail Conference after all. My next trip that includes some train rides will be to Varna, Bulgaria the second and third weeks in June.
It’s such a difficult time right now for trains; they’re derailing, weather’s making them unsafe. But to be fair, there were no airplanes flying out of those tornadoes, either.