Monday, November 23, 2009

My World Tuesday - All Aboard

Back in August, I blogged about the new Amtrak station being built in Stanwood. It opened later than originally planned, but this past Saturday the first train finally made it's stop here.

The train was scheduled to pull into the station at 9:03 a.m. It was a cold and somewhat damp morning but at least it wasn't raining.

The New Amtrak Station

While waiting for the Amtrak to arrive, a freight train blew past the platform. I was amazed by the wind it generated. Since I was cold to start with, this made me even more so.

Watch out!

I was pleased by the turnout for the opening ceremonies. Many townspeople came down to watch the happenings. The middle school band provided musical entertainment, a local Boy Scout troop presented the colors, and at 9:28 a.m. the train arrived with passengers including Washington state Senator Mary Margaret Haugen whose efforts helped bring the station to Stanwood.

Here she comes!

The First Stop at the New Station

Check out the snow plow

Bye Bye!

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20 comments:

Martha Z said...

Hubby and I have enjoyed several trips on Amtrak. I hope the will expand service in the future rather than cut it as has been past practice.

Stephany said...

I couldn't tell you why but trains and tracks have always fascinated me. This is a great series of photos!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hi sweet friend,
Adorable set of pictures. I special liked that shot with all lights!
Well done!
God bless you
Léia

Riet said...

What a lovely set of photo's. Thank you for sharing.

Sistertex said...

You did a great job of documenting... photos were really wonderful. And off we go! :)

Happily Retired Gal said...

Fun photo series reminding me of fun Amtrak trips I've taken too. Love all the YELLOW ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Sylvia K said...

I love to travel by train and Amtrak is the one I travel on the most these days! Terrific shots of the new station and the trains! I can feel the nibble of the travel bug!!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Small City Scenes said...

Pretty neat, huh Sally. Now I might jump on and go to Vancouver. It is 9dollars to Mount Vernon---17 miles from me (to much) But only 31 dollars to Portland,. I might do that.
Someting to excite us locals.
Neat pictures. MB

Snap said...

I love trains and how exciting to get a new stop. I'd love to take the train from Portland to Seattle and Vancouver -- its on my list!

Gaelyn said...

That's very cool that even the Senator arrived on the first stop in Stanwood. The snow plow looks formidable.
So, I'll ask you the same as I asked MB, do you have a ticket to ride?

Carver said...

That's great the new station has opened and I enjoyed the photographs and narrative.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sally: What a cool show that train puts on. It is good that you got a stop on the line.

Ebie said...

Nice photos for a well-attended celebration! The huge train stands tall amidst the crowd! I have not been on the Amtrak but I support our subway system.

All aboard!

Japa said...

A great and efficient transport system, always a welcome addition. Beautiful pictures here.

Lew said...

Nice and clean! SIL takes the train when she comes to visit. We meet her at the Amtrak Baltimore Airport station. It is older and not as nice, though I think there are plans to spruce it up.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Greetings from Australia.
A good set of pictures. I like the length of the tracks in the first one, but my favourite one would have to be the fourth and fifth ones - the lights are fantastic. It looks very dark for 9.30 in the morning though.
Melbourne Daily Photo

:: flyingstars :: said...

simply beautifully captured shot...lovely!

JOE TODD said...

Has been a long time since I was on a train. Looks exciting

koala said...

New train station - that's something you don't hear often nowadays. And does it mean "a local Boy Scout troop presented the colors"? I'm wandering about the presenting colors part.

chrome3d said...

Excellent! I just love trainspotting. Nice trains and the lamps were cute too. Very lovable post.