We had some snow yesterday and today, so I stayed home and drank cocoa and gaslighted the dog. But other people had places to go and tried to get to them on Metro North, which turned out to be a big mistake.
Here's the story: The 8:49 train from Port Jervis to Hoboken departed at 11:48, so right away you know there was a problem. Nevertheless, there were 8 passengers and 3 crew on board. The train was trundling along through the snow and sleet, and then a tree fell across the tracks. So the crew decided to back the train all the way back to Port Jervis, but then another tree had fallen on the tracks behind them, so they couldn't go backwards, either. Instead, they just sat there—FOR 11 HOURS—until some firemen from a nearby town came along and dug them all out the next afternoon.
I mean, wtf, okay? All the reports I've been able to find on this say that everybody was stuck on the train "with no communications." Does that mean not one passenger had a cell phone? What about the crew? Don't they have radios or walkie-talkies or something? Plus, excuse me, but doesn't anyone at Metro North notice when one of their trains just doesn't show up? How come none of the reporters on this story think this is odd? What about the passengers' families? Didn't anyone try to find any of these missing people?
A train can just disappear, and there's no way for the crew to contact anyone—Is this common knowledge? Am I the only one who wasn't aware of this? Or does this sort of thing only happen on the New Jersey lines? At least that's an explanation I could accept.
Thanks for reading my blogpost this time, and thanks to B. Sansverie for the nice photo of Metro North tracks.
UPDATE: I think some Listener-Readers may be missing the point just a little bit. So how 'bout this: A Greyhound Bus was stolen from Manhattan last Sunday and sat at a bus stop in Queens for three days before it was "found." Queens=the New Jersey of the Boroughs?