The trains that had problems
10.05.2011 - 23.05.2011
We were so happy to visit with Tobias, his wife and 2 daughters for overnight and then got to see his parents the following day after walking to the lake. The girls, ages 4 and 1-1/2 finally started talking to us and even let me kiss them.
Tobias’ mom put us on the train to Salzburg and we would have a change in Pasing, then the train would go all the way to Salzburg. But Tobias also found that the train in Pasing was a little late so we should be fine. We got to Pasing and found the track as Tobias had said so settled in to wait.
As we waited the notice changed and the train was going to be even later, this should have been a sign of things to come but Dale and I were hopeful and didn’t let this bother us. Fortunately a German passenger came along to advise that the train coming, with the correct number, was in fact not the correct train and we were able to stop one further disaster.
Finally the train arrived and we hopped on finding a seat. As we did not have a reservation we didn’t get completely settled in and instead went to the food car to have some dinner and scenery.
We’d been traveling along, sipping beer and eating sausages until the sun went down. We thought that it would be good to maybe get into a more confortable seat and that I’d actually work on a claim that had come up just before leaving the U.S. We found some seats just outside the clear glass door from the food area but we could see inside thru the glass door.
We were somewhere in the middle of nowhere and it was pitch dark outside when the train stopped cold. During a long announcement we saw a man in the food area put his hand to his head so we got up to see what was going on now. It seems that the tracks were being worked on so the train would be stopped for awhile then would travel for 20 minutes to the next stop, then we would change to another train that would arrive maybe 50 minutes later for a 5 minute ride into Salzburg.
By the time we got into Salzburg it was 10:30 p.m. and we opted for a cab ride to the hotel instead of a walk. We were so happy to see our hotel but we had no idea of the continuation of adventures to come. Hotel stays will be a separate blog entry.