My first sighting of the Acela Express occurred during a trip through
Vermont in August 2000. I found it on a siding in Bellows Falls,
Vermont waiting to be delivered to Amtrak for final assembly.
I would next see an Express trainset as it came through Milford
during its inagural service run on November 16, 2000. Today it is not
unusual to see many Acelas in course of one's normal business as they
pass through our downtown.
Cafe Atlantique, My
favorite train watching site.
Quite possibly the best spot to watch trains along the upper NEC is
just a 15 minute walk from my home at
Cafe Atlantique in Milford,
CT. One can see as many as 8 passenger trains per hour while sitting
sheltered from the elements with a coffee, espresso, beer, or wine.
Lunch and dinner is served too. Live jazz is heard most Wednesdays and
Saturdays. If you stop in, look for me in the front window!