Seeing the Sunrise in Ohio

Your train didn’t get out of Chicago Union Station until 12:33 a.m., making it just over three hours late when its wheels finally began to turn.

So maybe you wanted to sleep in a little the next morning.

By the time you pulled back the curtains from the windows in your Viewliner sleeping accommodations on Train No. 48 it was just after 8 a.m.

The skies were mostly cloudy, but a bit of sunlight was peaking through as the Lake Shore Limited roared through Olmsted Falls in suburban Cleveland.

No. 48 has made some of the time lost leaving Chicago, but not much.

By the time it halted at the Amtrak station next to Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland No. 48 was 2 hours and 51 minutes late.

It would not get much better the rest of the way, reaching New York City at 8:09 p.m. The scheduled arrival time at Penn Station is 6:23 p.m.

Around Utica, New York, No. 48 had dropped down to 3 hours, 15 minutes off the published time card.

As it the practice these days, a continental breakfast is available in the dining car just ahead of the two New York sleepers.

Today’s train has one of those new Viewliner dining cars that are named for state capital cities.

This one is named after the capital of Ohio, Columbus, a city that has not seen a scheduled Amtrak train since the last National Limited snuck out of town on May 1, 1979, on its last day of operation.

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