For your diarist one of the high lights of the weekend was sure to be the train ride. It's been dog years since I've ridden a train any great distance and the ride from DC to the Greenbrier is over 250 miles. Would there be a security pat down?--another possible high light! And what to do once arriving at the resort? Do they give tours of the bunker? Do they still use the hot spring? Your diarist didn't know but figured that he could sit in a hot tub with a glass of wine and exaggerate his importance with the best of them if the opportunity presented itself. So join us as we listen for the conductor's plaintive cry: The Cardinal, now departing Uuuun-ion Station for Alexandria, Culpepper, Clifton Forge, White Sulphur Springs, Charleston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago; All Aboard!
|It was snowing lightly when we arrived at Union Station|
|While there was a heavy police presence both in and outdoors your diarist was not "patted down".|
|The interior of Union Station is quite elaborate.|
|Like most large train stations, Union Station is a city unto itself complete with liquor stores, barber shops, eateries, book shops, &c.|
|You could probably live here, under this escalator, and sneak over to the French baker (left side of the photo) for coffee and fresh pain au chocolat. Just keep an eye out for the station watchman and his German shepherd....|
|Train nr 51, the Cardinal, leaves on track 23 at a civilized 11:10 am. This train originates in NYC and changes engines at Union Station. The ride out to White Sulphur Springs should take about six hours. Will the train run on time? We shall see.|