friend Mark and I learned that several of the surviving actors from “The Dukes
of Hazzard” would be at an event in
had intended to fly to
plan was to fly to
When I began my job at Home Depot in late March, I was told that I was a temporary employee and my contract would end just before the trip. However, they ended up extending my contract. Fortunately, this trip would not be affected in the end.
The trip unfolded as follows:
dad gave us a ride to Pearson airport in his Maserati. We had checked in the
day before. We got our baggage tags and then went to clear security. We cleared
both security and U.S. Customs without any problems. We then found our gate. I
took the opportunity to photograph a few Air
Mark and I decided to get something from the Tim Horton's in the terminal while we waited. After, I photographed an Air Canada Boeing 777 as it prepared for take off.
I then worked on this report for a few minutes. I attempted to log into the airport's
Wi-Fi, but it was giving me problems. I did eventually manage to connect.
Our plane soon arrived. I photographed it.
While waiting for our plane to board, I photographed an Air Canada 777 landing.
the first time I rode behind
As we taxied, I photographed a KLM Boeing 787 Dreamliner and an El Al jet.
I filmed the take off roll. I watched the movie “Boss Baby” on the plane's entertainment system which took up the flight.
were soon approaching
We made our way to the baggage claim. When we got to the baggage claim, our flight wasn't listed. After several minutes, an employee brought our suitcases out. We thought it was unusual, but we then headed out.
boarded a southbound Yellow train to
of King Street-Old town, we went along a section of line I last rode back in
1995 when I first visited
We left the station. I saw a Metro bus on route 10A and we got on. We overshot the stop and got off. We had to wait for another 10A bus going the other way. We eventually made it to our hotel. We checked in and went to the room for a little while.
phoned my mom at the ice cream store and let her know I was in
boarded the front car and rode six stops to
We then caught a blue line subway to McPherson Square station. After our subway departed, a train came in on WMATA's new Silver line. I photographed it.
A train of the new 7000 series cars came in going the other way. I photographed it.
and I walked a few blocks south to the White House. This trip is the first time
I've been in the
As we walked, we saw an Orion 5. However we were unable to photograph it. When we made it to the White House, we photographed it.
We then walked along and came across another WMATA Orion 5. We photographed it.
I wanted to ride it but it wasn't at a bus stop. We then walked a few blocks south. I filmed an out of service WMATA Orion 5.
crossed the street and photographed the
We then started walking down the Mall. I saw the DC Circlator was now using XD40 buses. I photographed one.
We walked towards the U.S. Capitol. At one point, we heard a train whistle. Mark wondered where it came from, but I pointed out the line used by CSX, Amtrak, and Virginia Railway Express. A minute later, I saw a VRE train at L'Enfant Plaza station.
stopped and got something to drink as it was hot out. I photographed another
WMATA Orion 5. I mentioned it could be Orion 5s here as it was for fishbowls at
the West Edmonton Mall during our 2007
We soon got to the Capitol building. We photographed it and the reflecting pool.
We then caught a bus on the Circulator to Union Station. I photographed it after we got off.
Mark realized he lost his headphones. I thought he might be able to get some more at a store inside the station, but it wasn't the case.
awhile, we headed out. I wanted to ride the new DC Streetcar. We followed signs
to it. I saw they had moved the
We found the streetcar platform and waited. When the car arrived, I photographed it.
got on and rode to the end of the line. The new streetcar line opened last
year. If I had more time in
The line uses six cars apparently built by two different builders; #101-103 and #201-203. The line uses four cars at a time. We were on car #103. On this day, cars 101-103 and 201 were on the line.
When we got to the other end of the line which was near the car barn, we got off and took some photos.
This is the car barn. Cars 202 and 203 were in the yard.
The line ended near where the Blue and Silver Metro lines pass overhead. I filmed a train of 7000 series cars and photographed the last car and streetcar #103.
We then rode #103 back to Union station. Along the way I photographed car #201.
We got back to Union Station and I photographed the car again.
then had dinner in the food court. After, we headed back to
got up and got dressed. We went to the lobby for breakfast. After breakfast, we
returned to the room and headed out. Today, we were going to visit the
walked to the bus stop and caught a bus to
We rode to Glenmont station at the end of the line. This was our first time riding on a 7000 series train. There was another train at Glenmont that was out of service and pulled into the nearby yard. I was reminded of how on a previous trip I had seen two trains depart Glenmont station for the yard at the same time.
Mark and I decided to take a taxi to the museum. Once we got there I saw that former Toronto PCC #4602 was running! #4602 was the car they had bought from Trolleyville back in 2010. We went inside and paid admission. #4602 was leaving in a few minutes. We went for a ride. As we passed the maintenance barn, I saw PCC #4603.
When we returned to the visitors center, we photographed #4602.
There was a tour of the display barn. Mark and I decided to join the tour. We went inside and photographed the cars on display. I noticed Washington PCC #1101 was also in the barn.
tour group then got to sit inside
After the tour, we watched silent movies for a few minutes. I heard #4602 was going out again. I decided to go for another ride. When we passed the maintenance barn, I attempted to photograph PCC #4603.
You can see #4603 in the left most open door.
We rode to the other end of the line. There were two other transit fans on the car. They got out. I decided to join them. We filmed #4602 going around the loop and then photographed it before we got back on.
We rode to the passing siding and stopped. We again got to step off and photograph #4602.
We got back on and headed back to the visitors center. I met up with Mark and told him about the ride. Mark wished he could have gone if he had known.
went to the gift shop where I bought two postcards. We then left the museum. I
did stop to take one last photo of #4602 and some original track from
asked Mark what he thought of the
We stopped under the Interstate Connector highway and I pointed out a fire hydrant which may have been used the night of the 2003 car barn fire that destroyed eight of NCTM's streetcars. Mark also asked where the original location for the museum was. I pointed out the general area where it would have been.
We walked to the McDonald's near Layhill and Bonifant and had lunch. After lunch, we caught Ride On route #49 to the Rockhill station. We then took a Red Line subway south.
At one point, we passed a CSX freight train. At another stop, I saw what looked like a WMATA 4000 series car that had been cut into portions. I attempted to photograph it.
When we left the station, I saw there were more subway car body segments but I was unable to photograph them.
got off and
Mark and I decided to visit the American History building which I had visited in 2010. We went inside and ended up spending most of the time in the transportation exhibits. We photographed the exhibits.
At one point, Mark did an artsy shot of him holding his Smart Card from Metro out in front of #303 like the statues of men with their change.
I then photographed more exhibits.
Mark and I ended up getting separated but we met in another area of the building covering media technology including an Apple 2 computer. I took a few photos.
We then left the area. We headed in the direction of the subway. However, I suggested we ride an Orion 5. After a couple tries, one showed up right away. I photographed the Orion 5 before we got on.
Traffic was heavy. We rode the Orion 5 to a subway station before we got off and I photographed the bus before I filmed it pulling away.
then caught a Yellow line train to
Blue line train pulled in first. I suggested we ride to
Just then a second Amtrak train led by P42 #184 which is the Phase 4 heritage unit pulled it. I filmed the train and photographed it and the other regional until our Yellow line subway came.
rode back to
Back at the hotel, I worked on this report and at one point; I went to the 7-11 again.
I set the alarm on my phone for and called it a night.
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