|SO MANY PEOPLE. We took the 11:15 short-turn trip from T.F. Green Airport to Quonset.|
|This is the start of the unique section - the train breaks off from the Northeast Corridor between T.F. Green and Wickford Junction.|
|Another view of this weird old freight yard.|
|Some construction vehicles.|
|A warehouse, I guess?|
|That's a huge...something!|
|Another spur line.|
|Some magnificent grass.|
|There was a lot of security for car traffic, too.|
|By this point we were running right alongside a road.|
|A railroad crossing.|
|That's a large building...|
|Some more buildings.|
|Some kind of scrapyard?|
|We're starting to see planes!|
|Some airport scenery.|
|The train rounding a curve.|
|Right along a fence.|
|People going down the ramp.|
|The train looking out toward the water.|
|People going around to the other side.|
|Gosh, that track is decrepit. It was a slow speed limit, that's for sure.|
|People coming down the steps.|
|That's a large crowd...|
|The "mezzanine"? There most certainly were not enough porta-potties. This area also had some drinking water.|
|The train again.|
|Heading towards the show.|
|Looking back towards the train.|
|There were a lot of Ocean State Job Lot trailers...|
|This sign is so bad!|
|SO MANY PEOPLE.|
|Took you long enough!|
|The crowd at Providence took another 20 minutes to feed out of the station.|
Ridership: HEAVY. There were a lot of people who used this train, but that was to be expected, since it was an event train, The eight bilevels seemed more than capable of handling the massive crowds. Apparently on Saturday, though, they used single-level cars, which must have been insane!
Pros: Offering free train service to the airshow was a great idea, and it seems like a bunch of people took advantage of it. The facilities at Quonset were better than expected, what with the steps and the makeshift mini-high. Also, the crowd control was generally pretty good on the way there, especially at Quonset. And of course, running on unique track was a blast.
Cons: The train being late was definitely an annoyance. I also wonder if they could run the service a bit more frequently to space out the crowds a bit, although that would require a second train. Signage at Quonset could have been a lot better, and generally the walk there could have been shortened by just cutting through the parking lot instead of going around.
Nearby and Noteworthy: The air show was pretty interesting! The crowds were huge, and it seemed to be catered more to little kids than to plane buffs, but it was still a fun experience. I can post pictures from the show if you guys are interested.
Final Verdict: 7/10
There were definitely a few hiccups here and there, but considering this was the first time they had run the service, they did a really good job. I really hope they run the train again next year, because it seemed to be a huge hit in terms of ridership. Hopefully signage and scheduling can be improved, but overall, the Quonset service was pretty good!
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