First i must say that this part of the trip was so far the worst. We started off by having to sit with other people, Strangers, the kid i was stuck with was not very pleasant and said about 3 words the entire time. He was clearly not impressed with having to sit with someone. No one was, but it was a full train. No other options.
There was a very nice older lady traveling with two very young kids. I would say between 2 and 6. And then another woman who sounded like she was the grandmother to the kids. When boarding she asked if they could be in seats across from each other so everyone was together. Reasonable enough. Well the assistant conductor was clearly not listening because he gave her two seats together then the 3rd and 4th seat were spread apart. And of course no one was happy and would not move to let them be together. I would have but i was not near them. Luckily the mother and kids were across from each other.
Back to the travel part. We sat in Albany for over an hour. No clue why. The attendants and conductor did not inform us of anything. It was a disaster. They did not even inform us of stops coming up they waited until we stopped and had to be asked what the stop was. Needless to say Amtrak employees on this route were not even in the same bracket as all others i have come in contact with thus far. Disappointing to say the least. After a few other delays we ended up in Chicago about an hour and a half late. That was okay by me because i still had like 3 hours to wait for the next train. I had time to grab some lunch (ate to fast) clean up in the restroom. And explore the interior and exterior of the train station area.
This is Chicago union station i was at. And it was beautiful. The inside of the waiting area is all redone and looks amazing. Again a strong show of law enforcement to keep everyone feeling safe. Of course i thanked them as i saw them. I did not wonder far outside but i got some great pictures of the surrounding area. It was much more pleasant feeling then the craziness of new York city(that i saw on other travels) even the people walking around were nice and helped point out things. So even though the travel to the station was terrible. The ending was great. Now i am on segment 3. And will be on this train for 2 almost 3 days. But maybe i will give you some sneak peaks as i go. Nothing but time and relaxation for me. And bugging those around me lol i like to hear peoples stories. Here are a few pictures for you to see.