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The train slows down
Ah ha… our first real slow-down. The Conductor just informed us that a freight train just ahead of us is “having trouble with a switch” and therefore we’re going maybe 20-30 MPH (it’s hard to estimate, but at these low speeds it’s like we’re gliding… really cool) as we’re stuck behind the freight train.
We’re between Deerfield Iowa and Ottumwa Iowa. This is why it can be a problem that Amtrak doesn’t own most of the track it uses and is often a low priority for the freight-heavy railroad owners. Well, might as well get dressed for dinner. Now, where’s that cummerbund that matches my dinner tuxedo…