The kid flew into Boston yesterday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, and she arrived with a real travel nightmare story. But it wasn’t about her flight. It was about an Amtrak trip the previous week in California.
She was on a train from San Diego to Santa Barbara and, about 8 miles from her destination, the train slowed down and stopped. It was out of fuel.
At least it wasn’t a plane.
Anyway, the passengers sat on the train for two hours, in the dark for the last 20 minutes, before they were allowed off — but only if they could arrange their own transportation. She called her boyfriend and got a ride.
She has no idea how long the other passengers had to wait. The plan, the crew had told them, was to have a freight train push the Amtrak train to an intersection, where a fuel truck could reach them.