Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:40 am
Related of sorts, I'm now thinking a year ahead to an April '22 journey down under to Sydney, NSW where my Niece resides. Since I no longer "houseguest" (that's college stuff to me), I'll be at a hotel (likely an extended stay varietal), and doing much on my own (my Niece, M2K, has her own life). To see what NSW Trainlink is all about (State owned "Amtrak"), maybe a down and back same day as far as I can get on the line that goes to Melbourne, which looks like a place named Cootamundra with a 2hr layover for the return train (no way an AU$8K Luxotrain junket), but no matter I'll live for the two weeks within my "if you can't carry it...." maxim.
Sounds interesting. Haven't been to Oz myself but from watching videos etc. I wonder if a trip out on the Illawara line to Kiama which looks very scenic running along the coast and through several tunnels in the hills around Helensburgh could be done in one day. That line is electrified as far as Kiama and runs fairly frequently.
https://railmaps.com.au/routedetails.ph ... Select=250
Or out the line that runs out west towards Broken Hill so you could see a bit of the outback (not sure how far you could get out and back in one day, certainly not all the way to Broken Hill).
As far as the baggage to Boston situation is concerned, I imagine the car was pulled due to a lack of much baggage to carry BOS-CHI. It's too bad that they couldn't build a small baggage compartment at the end of a coach as they used to do in the old days. I'm sure there are other routes that could use a coach - baggage combination. My wife and I are planning a possible Boston to "somewhere cool out West" trip for the fall, and the lack of baggage BOS-CHI is a drawback. Maybe I'll have to consider Mr. Norman's philosophy.
Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the determination that some things are more important than fear.