6:33pm Departure. I finished the other entry, totally forgetting I had another leg of my day’s journey’s to complete still. As I sat waiting for departure, for the first time I heard it called via dispatch, “High ball!” One has to love that. 🙂
We headed out into the street running segment of the trip with barely any traffic in Beaverton now. The jams of the 4 and 5 o’clock hour where gone.
As we pulled through the crossroads and onto the mainline I noticed that some idiot had smashed into the east bound crossing gate. I tell ya, people in cars, they’re special kind of idiots. It really, honestly, sincerely doesn’t take that much more effort to pay attention. The inherent problem is a lack of wrote training and such. People just don’t watch what they’re doing when driving. I ponder, if people had a short little 20 hours worth of training what our fatality and accident rate with cars would drop to? It’s low already, but would probably be safer than air travel in a short period of time. But oh well, I don’t much care as I just try to stay off the road and away from the American Car Driving Louse.
With 18 people aboard we arrived at Hall/Nimbus. 2 left us and we gained none. The conductor did walk over to someone buying a ticket on a bike, but the cyclist was just getting a ticket for later or something. The conductor turned and stepped aboard as the doors began to shut. We were off again en route to Tigard now.
In Tigard we gave up 2 more riders. We now had… …7 people. ? 😐 Argh! I sure hope ridership picks up. It is about what TriMet expected though. We met the double train here and as always, the conductors exchanged their data bits about the trips and I’m sure a bit of friendly chat.
We rolled through the yard south of Tigard and I noticed the engine I saw previously in the day, dubbed Willamina by Portland & Western, sat there idly. I dig that they name their engines, it adds an element of the going theme this week of pride.
The other thing I noted was that in Tigard the north bound train had easily 30 people aboard, more than 2x what our single DMU had. I get the notion that most of the north bound trips are going to have more riders than the south bound trips. However that is working it appears to be true so far this week. Maybe people go north but then end up heading back south via some other means. Maybe it is just an oddity for this week? I’m not particularly sure but it is what I’ve observed.
As we pulled into Tualatin the skaters where at the skate part hard at work shredding away. Traffic here had died down to tolerable levels also. The town center next to the station opposite of the Haggen Grocery Store seemed not to stir at all. I’m tempted to go wonder around in the area sometime, but the draw just isn’t quit there.
We left Tualatin with about 4 people, including myself and excluding the conductor and engineer (I always exclude them).
At this point, that gives us a whopping 3.x MPG per passenger. Roughness. 😦
Ok, this is the last one of the day. I’m done with the ole’ blog for tonight.