This trip had a strange origin - it has a 52 year old history. Way back in
high school, I knew this fellow Italian named Augie. We started out
going to the same high school, Towson Senior High, in (guess what), Towson
MD (it's the same school that Michael Phelps attended, and John Waters
filmed SERIAL MOM at). We met when our families moved into the
Colony apartments in 1966. Then, in between the 10th and 11th grades, Augie's father
moved them up to Cockeysville, where he then attended Dulaney High School
(where my daughter went to school). After Augie and I graduated (same
year, I think it was 1969), we lost touch, because "they" moved away. I
thought they moved to Rochester NY, but it was actually Syracuse.
Several years later, I tried to find a phone number for them in Rochester,
and came up with nuttin. Remember, this was the early 70's, and we
didn't have access to the tech we have today. So, scratch that.
Maybe 10 years later, I tried again with the same result. Every 5
years or so, I would try to find him with no luck, again, and again, and
again, even in the early days of the internet. So, enter 2003 or so,
and I was finally to locate an address for him in St Paul MN, after all, how
many Augie's can there be with his last name? Now, to make this even
harder to get over, between 1998 and 2002, I was traveling to Minneapolis
for work 4 or 5 times year. I located this Minnesota address AFTER I
stopped going there. Dam. So I wrote a letter, and never got a
reply - guess he moved on again. Double Dam. I continued trying
to locate him, again, without success. Fast forward to the fall of
2021. I Googled his name again, and this time, I came up with an
address in the Bronx, and an email address. So I took a chance, and
emailed him, and a few days later, I received a reply from him! Even
more interesting, was, when he read my first email, he knew before he saw my
name, that it was me!!!
So, we connected, and set up a visit in New York a few weeks away. I
can't tell you how amazing it was to re-connect after 52 years, and details
aside, it was like we had never lost track of each other!! It was most
The visit with Augie was short - basically just lunch where he lived.
The trip to New York itself was a short one, a day trip, as another friend of mine from high
school were up in NYC for some serious railfanning - riding the subways, the LIRR,
a ferry ride over to NJ, NJT, and the NJT Light Rail. But we
promised to let this NOT be a -one day thing-. So we finally made
plans to go somewhere, and I let Augie decide. He picked Savannah
Georgia, and when I asked him "why Savannah", he said "I don't know".
Too funny :-) But we made the plans, and took off southward May 24th,
returning on May 26th after walking around Savannah for a day.
I decided to go to New York the day before we departed for Savannah, so we
could get on the train together, cause the conductors HATE you saving a
seat for someone when the trains get full.
The trip down was around 15-1/2 hours long, the trip back (for me) should
12 hours, but was stretched out by 90 minutes due to OUR train being "put in
the hole" for a total of 90 minutes. We left Savannah late, having to
wait for a (non-moving) CSX freight tying up Central Junction, maybe waiting
to get into Dillard Yard, then 40 minutes south of Richmond, and another 20
minutes north of Richmond.
Part 1 - Baltimore to New York Penn Station
car we rode up to New York that required truing
While in New York
Part 2 - New York Penn Station to Savannah
The trip from New York to Savannah was pretty uneventful, and came off
without any major issues. The car we rode in had a smooth ride in
comparison to the car I rode up to New York in.
While in Savannah
Part 3 - Savannah to Baltimore
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....
36 minutes late departing SAV due to CSX freight in the way
Northbound, Savannah GA to Baltimore MD:
Scheduled Dep/Arv Time
36 minute delay due to CSX freight blocking the crossovers
at Alabama Jct
Rocky Mount NC
Petersburg VA (Ettrick)
40 minute delay south of James River for 2 SB Amtrak's and
1 SB CSX freight
19 minute delay for 2 SB Amtrak's just north of RVA, one
was the Autotrain
New Carrolton MD
BWI Airport MD
95 minutes delay, 1:35
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