I woke up around as we approached
We soon left
Once I gained a seatmate, I tried sleeping again, but I found it to be quick difficult. I eventually would give up.
Train 48 stopped at
By now, I finally gave up trying to
sleep and headed into the café car for breakfast because I wasn’t sure how long
it would be until we arrived in
Soon, the sun was fully up. We passed a stopped westbound freight train. I saw the freight had a fair amount of snow on it, despite it being mid October! This was foreshadowing the experience I was going to face.
We soon were in a winter wonderland where a lot of snow had fallen. I saw several broken trees and snow buried the rails on the track next to the track my train was on. Train 48 began to slow down to restricted speed because the signals had lost power. When we were 16 miles from Buffalo-Depew station, the train crew made an announcement that it would still be awhile before we got there.
When we finally arrived into
Once I got off, I took a few photos.
Note all the snow in the parking lot. You’d almost think it was January instead of October!
I filmed the Lakeshore pulling out
from the parking lot instead of the east end of the station where I had filmed
it on my February 2005 and
Now it was a waiting game. I would
keep phoning home. Around , I asked if there were any restaurants
nearby. I was told that nothing was open because it was a state of emergency.
The only food available was from the vending machines in the station. I also
Many passengers who were snowbound
I ventured out onto the platform and photographed a CSX freight. As the freight approached, I saw another passenger throwing snow at a parked freight train three tracks over. They stopped just before the freight entered the station
The freight train stopped nowhere clear of the platform for several minutes. It eventually started to move, but it stopped again with the last car still in the station. Shortly after, two CSX diesels ran light on the adjacent track.
After the engines passed, I went back into the station. A few minute later, the station crew announced that train 64 was delayed because of a downed wire on the tracks. A few minutes later, they made another announcement that the wire was actually a telephone cable and the train crew would move it themselves. The freight was still sitting in the station though. I also kept calling Julie to find out when train 63 would arrive.
Buffalo-Depew station only has one platform track. With freights tying up the line, one wishes that the old Buffalo Central terminal was still open!
I kept phoning home from time to time. I was starting to loose
patience. At one point a taxi offered to take me to
Despite the platform track being partially obstructed by the rear of the CSX freight, I saw train 64 inch into the station 3 hours and 15 minutes late. Yet the train couldn’t go anywhere. I noticed the train had a full business class coach instead of a 48000 series business class/café car.
I checked on train 63 and found out it was being held at
The hours dragged by as I became hungrier and hungrier, (the vending machines aren’t good for several meals)! Eventually, the freight and train 64 departed.
I kept phoning home. Eventually, my dad said he’d come get me. I then refunded the ticket I bought for train 63. While waiting for my dad, I kept checking in. I was becoming more and more anxious to leave. I was so frustrated I called Amtrak and asked for a travel voucher for next time.
At , train 63 finally arrived departed a few minutes later. I photographed it.
After train 63 departed, I continued waiting for my dad. He eventually
showed up after . I
was relieved to have finally left
We looked for a place to eat Stateside, but found nothing. We crossed
I was very tired though and slept most of the way home. I ended up getting home around where I quickly went to bed after one of the worst days of my life. I can owe it to being a Friday the 13th because I am superstitious.
The freak snowstorm in
As for the time spent in
The ending won’t result in me taking an “