Wait ... isn't it boats that go on a maiden voyage? If so, what do trains go on? Oh, I know, a train-ing run!
At any rate, it was a fun ride. Smooth, and not at all herky-jerky like my first train ride of yesteryear in New York City.
Oh, all right. Picky, picky. That train ride in NYC was more like yester-century. There was probably a steam engine on that one.
But, back to the RideUTA FrontRunner. Here's an interesting fact: the train can only go up to 79 mph. We were told it has a device -- a governator -- to prevent it from going any faster.
I'm not quite sure what a governator does, except maybe retire from California politics and drive a train. And yet, I never actually saw Arnold Swarzeneggar sitting there, running the locomotive.
So, maybe I'll just say it had a thinga-ma-jiggy that prevented it from going faster than a speeding bullet.
All of which brings me down to this. The other day I was thinking about the experience and a joke came to mind:
A slightly tipsy hobo and his teetotaling friend are sitting at the station in Salt Lake City, hoping to hitch a ride unnoticed. The first one staggers, catches his balance, and says, "The world is changing, old buddy. Did you notice that none of these trains have a caboose?"
The second one says, "Yup, you're right. No cabooses. Probably because we're at the bus station."
How about you? Have you ever ridden on a train? And was it as sleek and sassy as the RideUTA FrontRunner?
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"RideUTA FrontRunner" © C.L. (Cindy Lynn) Beck
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