The coach car on this train was
uncomfortably hot. To remedy the situation, since we were on this
train until 8 pm or later, I took the following steps (and added them
to the section of this report called, "Tips for Amtrak Travelers."
How to move from an uncomfortable coach car:
When traveling on in a Coach Car on an Amtrak train when the
temperature of your car is to hot (like the Carolinian trip for us), or
or there is a bad odor from a malfunctioning toilet in your car, you
can move to another car:
Step 1: Take a walk through the other cars to see if the
is better. While doing this, look for 2 seats together, or one if
you are a single traveler.
Step 2: Return to your seat and get some of your stuff and take
it to that open seat and lay it on the seat. Maybe a newspaper,
hat or jacket. Maybe even put down the tray table so it looks
Step 3: Return for the rest of your stuff and YOUR SET CHECK from
above your original seat with an abbreviation for the station where you
will detrain. Take your stuff and put it above your new seat if
Alternative: If there is no better seat in another car, check the
seat checks as you walk through to see if anyone is getting off at the
next stop. If so, be prepared to move
to a new seat, with your seat check and your
stuff, after the passengers detrain and before new passengers
Step 4: Enjoy your new, sweet smelling, cool/warm, environment.
Trackside is the Purina Grain Tower, Fredericksburg, VA
Co. originally occupied this spot – they built the warehouse in 1919
and added the grain elevator tower in 1920. The owner of the surveying
company, HGP Inc, bought the place in the early 2000’s and has worked
to restore the exterior which included putting a fresh coat of paint on
the Purina checkerboard. There aren’t stairs up to the top of the tower
– only a ladder.
Janney Marshall Co. is a company that makes Disposable Plates, Cups,
Napkins, and Eating Utensils
has 5 to 9 employees and has been in business 146
Lumber mill and drying cone in the flatlands of North Carolina.
Railroad spur off the mainline to Milford Terminal.
College is a private, co-educational liberal arts college located in
Ashland, Virginia, United States, near the capital city of Richmond.
Founded in 1830, the school has an enrollment of more than 1,400
students. The college offers bachelor's degrees in 38 major disciplines
in the liberal arts, including political science, business, psychology,
biology, international studies, and computer science, as well as 34
minors, including education. Randolph–Macon College is a member of the
Annapolis Group of colleges in the United States, as well as the
Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
down Railroad Avenue in Ashland, Virginia:
Photography from a train is very
interesting. After taking the photo above along Railroad Avenue
in Ashland, Virginia, I enlarged the sign on the front and found that
it was called "The Trackside Grill." With the horse seemingly
racing a steam locomotive, I was surprised to find the real
Trackside Grill, whose name was derived as an intended pun, has nothing
to do with the railroad it lies next to, but rather the pictures of
local and famous racehorses that line the walls inside. And, "if the
walls could talk...", one would learn of all the past businesses it has
housed including a bowling ally, a gym, a supply store, several other
restaurants, and most notably, the first real movie theater in Ashland,
built by Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Covington in 1927.
characters, and even our own staff, claim that the restaurant is still
Coming into Richmond, Virginia