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Tue, Dec. 21st, 2004 11:17 am
Religion Arriving on Track 1

So last night I was standing on the platform at the Branford Station waiting to pick up ultimatepsi. It was 12F outside, and the temperature was dropping all the time. As it was, I had driven past the "station" three times, because its little more than a dock with a bus-stop style covered area. I was supposed to meet the 1750 Shore Line East, but I walked up the steps to the platform at 1752. I looked around, but didn't see my charge there. A few moments later, the automated voice of the schedule board blaired out "Train Approaching, please stay behind the yellow line". It repeated its statement four or five times, then fell silent as the wash of a headlight became visible around the bend in the track. I stood just behind the yellow line, staring down the approaching train. I immediately noticed a number of things wrong. First, the train had three headlights, even though I know the Shore Line East uses old New Haven freight locomotives, which have two centered lights. The second, more obvious issue, was that the train was coming in hot. It also seemed that the train also had far too many cars. I stood there, blinking at the oncoming locomotive until it brushed through one of the lights lining the track, and I saw on its nose the familiar blue flower bloom logo and neat Arial letters, "Acela". Two seconds later, 500 tons of screaming metal rushed past me at 70-100 miles per hour, not four feet from where I was standing, and without the benefit of a raised platform. From then on, I hung out towards the rear of the platform.

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