Category Archives: Amtrak

The CDC’s mask-Nazis

This will mainly create little mask-Nazis that grow up to be adult Nazis. Like the 30ish female attendant on Amtrak who recently, repeatedly over a P.A. system, threatened all of us in coach that if we were caught without a mask on we’d be thrown off the train at the next stop, however remote. A threat they used to reserve for smokers.

Via Instapundit

Mask Nazis

That’s what the attendants and conductors were on our train trip to Oklahoma City and back again. They kept threatening to put us off in nowhere if they caught us without masks and they frequently walked the aisles in coach to see if they could catch anyone. But that’s government railroad for you. Doesn’t matter that we are vaccinated. The rules are the rules. Stupid.

Off to Higgins

Via Amtrak this morning.

Hilton here we come

The Hilton Garden Inn in Oklahoma City, to be exact. All booked for the 25th, 26th, and 27th. Amtrak all the way. All to get to Higgins in the northernmost panhandle of Texas to see Russ’s grave. Hopefully no tornadoes. Certainly won’t be any ice storms. Yay!

Train tickets

Bought our end of April tickets to Oklahoma City. Trying again to get within range of Higgins in the Texas Panhandle and OCS comrade Russ Wheat’s grave. At least we can expect no ice storms this time.

Austin to Oklahoma City

Another fun Amtrak trek, made on Oct 25, returning on the 28th. We’d intended to rent a car/truck and drive to Higgins in far north Texas, to see the grave of an old Army friend. We ran into an ice storm instead which kept us in the hotel in OKC. But we had fun anyway.

The most fun were the train rides, the third and fourth after our jaunts to Colorado and back in 2019. We had a bedroom enroute to Fort Worth, as usual, but with room service of a meal this time, and thence a coach seat to OKCity. And the reverse on the 28th, but this time had a small roomette from Fort Worth to Austin. Which also got us room service from a friendly staff person.

The only bad part is the four-hour layover in Fort Worth. Those wooden benches in the old station are very uncomfortable for so long. But we enjoyed the ride of even the coach seats. Rocking along from side to side.

As for the train cars, they were clean, so far as we could tell, if a bit shabby. All that deferred maintenance imposed by the crooks of Congress who only maintain Amtrak’s northeast corridor, which they use, of course. Flyover country gets the schnitz. Schmucks.

Ice Storm

Nailed us in Oklahoma City, ice everywhere with a little snow and temps in the 20s. Farther west, where we were planning to go, the worse it got. Worst of all at our destination: Higgins in the Texas panhandle, and OCS buddy Russ Wheat’s grave, where the snow was more than a little and the temps in the teens.

So we stayed in the hotel, where three nights and two days in bed was quite fun. And Amtrak was enjoyable, as usual. Had a roomette where the conductors brought our meals. Got back to find that ice on the local lines caused a power outage which killed the furnace. So was a mite chilly until we got it going again. We’ll try again in April.