Want to Hear Some Amazing Stories? Just Ask Your Car Attendant.
Knowing that many people traveling on the long-distance trains are senior citizens, I asked her if it was unusual for people to die en route. “It happens,” she said with a shrug, “and you deal with it the best you can.”
Then a mischievous look came over her and she said that the attendant in the next sleeper had an interesting story on that subject. “Ask him to tell you about the guy who died in La Crosse,” she said.
I found her co-worker collecting linens as we neared Seattle and he grinned when I asked about the dead man in La Crosse.
“He was 80 years old,” he said, “and was traveling with a woman who was probably 45. She came to get me when we were just about to La Crosse. She said the old man had just died, but she didn’t seem particularly upset. When the paramedics removed the old man’s body from the train, I assumed she was getting off, too. But she said she was just his ‘companion’ and would stay on the train. Then she very nonchalantly gave me the name and phone number of the guy’s wife. “
We were approaching Seattle and I never had a chance got find out who had to call the wife, but it must have been an interesting conversation.
All Amtrak car attendants have stories: some heart-warming, some funny, and more than a few quite bizarre. Next time you take a long-distance train, just ask. Trust me: you will be amazed!