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Loved the first movie. Seen in TWICE, once in January 2015, when it first came out and ‘recently’ on Netflix (or similar).
Definitely want see this sequel — ASAP. Hoping that we might be able to do so this weekend. We will see.
I have been known Paddington all my life — the first ‘Paddington’ appearing in 1958, when I was 5 and a vociferous reader of English books. I also got to be very familiar with the eponymous railway station. So Paddington is special to I.
I will, of course, write a review as soon as get to see it.
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BOTTOM LINE: It is indeed a railway excursion, in historic carriages, pulled by a very well maintained and attractive EMD GP28 diesel engine (in our case, #2009). If you have never been on a train and are itching to do so, and this is your one big opportunity, by all means go ahead and do it — but unless you are ‘rich’ don’t bother paying the premium for the Dome. Yes, get the cheapest tickets. Notice that they never refer to this as a ‘Scenic’ ride — since the scenery is pick-a-boo. 70% of the time what you will see is this ⇓ (below) and they will tell you that that will be the case once you are on the train and it is moving. Yes, overgrown, dense foliage wreathed in thick vines (a feature of the Cape Cod landscape).
The station in Hyannis, the only one of the route, is NOT much of a station and as such there is NO railway station experience. Ditto when it comes to the engine. So, do not expect to see other engines, carriages etc. as you would do, say at the ‘Conway SCENIC Railway‘. This is NOT for the true railway enthusiast — as in my case.
The onboard staff, especially an OLD (like in his late 70s), grossly obese conductor we had, are downright HOSTILE! That was something new. It was like being in a prison. No you can’t stand, no you can’t walk, no you can’t look out of the window. It was NO, NO, NO. I did not enjoy the experience. It reminded me of the joke about the Italian, on honeymoon with his new wife ‘Virginia‘, on a sleeper train out of New York heading down to Florida — when the conductor, early on in the evening shouts out, over the speakers ‘Norfolk, Virginia‘! (Say that out loud and try to imagine what an Italian married to a ‘Virginia’ might hear if he is in bed.)
So, this is my recommendation: only do it if you must and if so keep your costs down.
1. Nice, well-maintained engine.
2. FREE (to $5) parking on the side of the station, which is great as parking in Hyannis is not easy and is expensive. You can see the parking, through the glass, to the side, behind Teischan.
3. Some decent scenery, including cranberry bogs (which I wanted to see) though interrupted views are not the norm:
4. Good view of the Bourne Bridge and the Cape Cod Canal:
1. Expensive! Overall, you have to question whether their prices are justifiable.
2. There is NO railway experience. I feel bad for the kids. A stark & bare station — badly maintained. It is like getting on a subway. The yard is 1/4-mile away and they don’t allow you to visit that! ‘Norfolk, Virginia‘!
1. Very badly maintained rolling stock, with peeling paint, cracked window in the dome and totally glazed over windows:
2. Downright HOSTILE onboard staff. ‘Norfolk, Virginia‘! It was NOT a good experience and that is a shame!
P.S., The parked engine in the yard, at top, with a single BIG light, is an EMD F7, one of my favorite U.S. locomotives.
by Anura Guruge
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This tragedy, Amtrak train 188 derailment with 7 fatalities, hit close to home. I was booked on an Amtrak train to Philadelphia on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Suffice to say I can’t get to Philadelphia by train at the moment. But that is small potatoes and I am not going to bitch about that (though I am put out by how poorly Amtrak is handling the aftermath). The accident, however, totally rattled Deanna. It was too ‘close’ for her comfort.
I had, hours ahead of the reports, suspected speed. But even I had not thought the train would have been going at TWICE the speed limit.
They say that they have ruled out terrorism but I think they might have to revisit that.
The engineer, Brandon Bostian, was up to SOMETHING. He had to accelerate that train from a dead stop, at Philadelphia’s station, to 106 mph in less than 10 minutes. That is going some.
Was he trying to a Germanwings?
Is he another Andreas Lubitz? Trial run that went wrong?
Yes, I know he hit the emergency brakes 2 seconds ahead of the crash. That doesn’t rule out attempted suicide. He just might have lost his nerve at the last minute.
Was he on antidepressants? Will they be even allowed to ask?
I am AMAZED that he was allowed to have a cell phone on him. There is a warrant out for it (and a claim that he has already handed it in). I thought engineers were no longer permitted electronics in the cab?
If he was on the phone ‘they’ should, before any other punishment, shove that phone down his throat. 7 people killed.
I have not been following what has happened to other ‘at fault’ engineers. This guy deserves all that awaits him.
..by Anura Guruge
I don’t really watch any of the local broadcast channels — occasionally suffering WMUR (Channel 9) for weather during the winter. I rely on CNN, MSNBC and CNBC for most of my news and then watch Discover, TLC, Science, Animal, BBC America, History, cricket (x3) etc. and the movie channels for entertainment (invariably all pre-recorded to avoid commercials). So, I don’t notice many changes in the local channels.
HD did not use to be available for NH’s WMUR and Boston’s (very good) PBS station WGBH (Channel 2).
I happened to be looking at the online TV schedule when I happened to notice that ALL of the local station on Dish, for NH, Channels 2, 4, 5, 7 & 9 (and possibly even 11) are now all in HD!
I was delighted.
WMUR comes in vividly, in full HD screen size. It was a joy to watch. Ditto Channel 2. Just wanted to make sure that you knew about this.
Dish is funny like that. It really does enhance it service, without much fuss, about once a year.
That we lose service when we have snow storms is frustrating — especially since I nearly drowned in snow on Monday trying to clear off the snow on our two (2) dishes. Yes, we need two dishes because of the ‘International’ cricket channels I get.