Today we are headed to Sundsvall for a two day, one night visit with Lenaâ€™s two cousins, Ingela & Anneli. We are taking a 10:00 am train out of GĂ¤vle and should arrive in Sundsvall around 12:00 noon. We wanted to get to the train station around 9:00am, so we needed to leave the house at 8:00 am since we were walking. During our walk to the train station in GĂ¤vle, we took pictures of all these goat statues which we have been seeing scattered all about the town. Not sure if we found them all, but we found a lot. These statues are sponsored by local businesses and originations in town and are all painted differently. I think the sponsors themselves painted them, or at least came up with the theme they are painted in.
Once we arrived at the train station, we got our tickets and sat at the coffee shop and had a bite to eat while we waited for our train.
It was very quite in town this morning, the sun was shining and it was going to be a beautiful day for a ride north through the Swedish countryside!
The train arrived, we found our reserved seats, settled in for the two hour trip, and departed on time. During the trip, I took a few pictures and shot some video of the beautiful scenery while Lena read her book she brought along.
About 45 minutes from arriving in Sundsvall, the conductor made an announcement, one that gave me flashbacks of our trip from South Carolina (see Myrtle Beach BLOG).
We were told we would ALL be getting off the train at Hudiksvall, the next stop. This was also the last stop before reaching Sundsvall. There had just been a fatal accident on the tracks involving a car and a freight train carrying timber just beyond the Hudiksvall station and the tracks had been shut down. We were to get off the train at Hudiksvall and would be bussed to the next stop, Sundsvall. I immediately got visions of our "adventure" during our trip home from South Carolina last month, but everything went much smoother this time. I wish our country would bring people from Europe over to run our public transportation system!