I feel compelled to write to tell you of how disappointed I was in the fall foliage scenic railroad tour leaving out of Utica Union Station. I took the tour on October 16. Firstly, when I sat down in my ripped seat and looked out of the window in anticipation of seeing the fall foliage I was met with a plexiglass window that was so worn, filmy and scratched up that it was like looking through a steamed up shower door. On top of that, the molding to the window was gunky with black stuff dangling off that crumbled in my hands when I touched it. Nasty.
As we went along, we found that we could open the half window by sliding the windows over. This worked fairly well and we were able to peek out to see what we had been missing. Along came one of the vigilante volunteers and gave us a harsh demand to close the windows because the air conditioner was running and it was being overworked because of the open window.
We stood for a while, looking out at the upper half of the window,but only to see the backyards of shanty town USA, swamp land, and not much else to look at along this tour......a river here and there maybe. One of the volunteers suggested we go to the "open air car" where we could take some scenic pictures. The open air car turned out to be a some kind of cattle car with open doors.... metal fences to keep us from falling out.
Lunch car---ick. It was dirty. Empty boxes lined the old luggage racks above us. Yucky sandwiches on squishy bread.
Bathrooms stunk of urine.
And then we sat there on the tracks, and sat there and sat there and sat there......
I couldn't wait for the day to end. I could only hope that whatever money this railway line is making goes into installing new windows that the paying patrons can at least see whatever scenic scenes they're paying to see, and then I hope they start improving on the rest of everything else.
Best of luck.