I really had the best intentions of being on the maiden
vogage of the new 5000 series rail cars.
At least one report noted that the first run with regular passengers
would be Run 806 out of Howard on the Red Line at 6:12 this morning.
So I woke up extra early today, wolfed down some breakfast headed out of
the house to my Morse stop at 6:10.
And at 6:14, I saw it rounding the bend, its chrome shining proudly and
front lights all bright and promising.
As the train got nearer, that promise fizzled.
The front destination sign read “Not in Service.” And the eight-car
beauty came whistling past, blaring its warning to stand away from the
As it passed, I saw car after car of empty, aisle-facing seats, begging
passengers to cram into them, warning “legs-wide-spread man” to close
’em up, mocking sleepers with much fewer places to rest their heads.
I suspect I’ll test that train one day soon. But it just won’t be the
same having missed the maiden voyage.