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The Addironack left from Windsor Station in Montreal. Except for this one Amtrak train, Windsor was a commuter rail station. All was well as we slipped out of Montreal. But, then the train suddenly halted at a lift bridge. A ship was making its way down the St. Lawrence River and had the right-of-way over the train. So we waited for it to pass. This delay proved disasterous. It put the passenger train just enough behind schedule that it lost its right of way over northbound freight trains.
The US border is at Rouses Point, NY. US Customs was cleared, but the train was now constantly held for opposing freight trains on the line. As we traveled down the shore of Lake Champlain, we stopped abruptly. This time, the train backed up about two miles and pulled onto a siding.
Eventually, we reached Albany, the state capital. Travel from here to New York picked up as we traversed the Empire Corridor, We finally arrived at Grand Central Station in New York City, hours late. (I like train travel very much, but this has to have been the worst train trip I've been on.) Fortunately, our reservation was still good at the Hotel Empire. The following evening we had dinner at O'Neal's Balloon (very in and popular then) and saw the musical My One and Only with Twiggy and Tommy Tune.
Where are they now? Ben's deli closed in 2006. The Stewart Musuem at the Fort is currently closed for renovation, but is to reopen. La Ronde was purchased by the Six Flags theme park chain. The Hotel Empire has been renovated into a boutique hotel. O'Neal's moved to a new location. Amtrak's Addirondack continues to run on a daily schedule between Montreal and New York, but the Montrealer ceased operation in 1992. Montreal and Quebec are still there to enjoy!