Day 42

Wednesday 30th March

Overnight we crossed North Dakota and in the early hours arrived in Montana.

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This morning at around 7:30 we arrived at St.Paul-Minneapolis which is a service point for fuel and water for the train. The station is called ‘Midway’ as it is not only midway between the two cities but also midway between the Equator and the North Pole. This twin city is also known for a great number of flour mills on the Mississippi River which we follow for 140 miles. There are dams and locks to control the flow of water in order for the river to be navigable and floodwaters to be controlled. We have seen at least 12 bald eagles so far flying around the river area. They are too far away and quick to capture on the camera! Overall this has been the dullest day in 6 weeks!!! The photograph of Milwaukee railway station sums up the whole day.

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Can you see the station here? It is a dark underground tunnel!
We are currently in the Amtrak Lounge for first class passengers at Chicago’s Union Station awaiting this evening’s departure of the named train Lake Shore Limited to the city of New York.

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Entering Union Station – another tunnel but not quite as dark!

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