Amtrak #14 was late about 45 minutes arriving in Dunsmuir Friday morning. Bruce and I waited in the parking lot in the dark Dunsmuir Train Yard. The Railroad played a big part in the development of the region. Even today Union Pacific RR operates the last operational turntable in the old Southern Pacific system. I arrived nearly on time in Eugene at 1pm, 7 hours later. 263 miles/424km. The seats are roomy and comfortable with a plug for computer or phone adapter/charger at each seat in the 2-story coach car. Downstairs are bathrooms, luggage and seats for disabled or special needs travelers. The Dunsmuir car is always right behind the lounge car with swivel seating and dome ceiling windows downstairs is the snack bar and tables for playing cards, eating.
In front of that are 2 dining cars with 4 to a table on top and kitchens below. In front of that is first class parlour car and sleeper cars. There were 4 sleeper cars on our train and many cars behind.
Eugene has many interesting parks. Everyday James my son and I would visit some with Madelaine my granddaughter. We saw some big dogs at one park. Saturday morning we went to toddler gymnastics and met one of James' coworkers and her Dad. Brittany is pregnant with second child coming soon!
Musicians and face painting entertained us at the Saturday Market in Downtown Eugene. Sunday we visited a Wildflower Festival at the Mt Pisgah Arboretum in the morning and a Kite Festival at Roosevelt Middle School in the afternoon. Surprise! It was also an Asian Festival. We saw a banner for a Chinese school in Eugene there. Maddie had a blast.
Sunday evening the train was about 45 minutes late arriving in Eugene. It was pleasant waiting in the new plaza next to the refurbished historic Eugene train station with other families and travelers. At last I arrive back in dunsmuir at around 1pm in the morning. Bruce and I are fortunate to have a lovely and loving family.
See you later