Our Journey Begins
Our starting point for the day
Off in the distance, another Transit Town gives Tysons something to aspire to.
The start of our 14 minute layover at Greensboro.
An inbound train arrives at Greensboro from Spring Hill. One of the shorter inter-station gaps in the system, just before the longest gap in the system out to Reston.
End of the Line
The end of the line, at least for now.
Two trains getting turned to make the trip back to Largo. The barriers stacked at the end of the line, ready to be deployed when construction gets into full swing.
Possibly the first delay on the Silver Line, we sat for a minute or two in the perfect spot for a photo op. I'm sure this skyline will change greatly in the coming years.
Street level entrance to McLean
The "Train" was a lie. Yes, there was a 14 minute gap in service. This would come to haunt us when we got to Greensboro.
My trusty assistant demonstrates that the strip map (now pretty pathetic looking) will extend "all the way out there!" once Phase II is open.
First Beltway crossing on the way back to Largo.
Second train to McLean
The second revenue train reaches the McLean station
This picture and the next capture the spirit of the day. Smiles, pictures and flag waving. For a day, at least, everyone loved WMATA.
Second Beltway crossing on the way back to Largo.
Transit nerds, in their natural habitat.
PUBLIC RESTROOMS! Of course, us transit nerds had to inspect and tweet about them.
Our train operator played tour guide and told everyone that this was the best car dealer on the strip.
Only one place to go from here, at least for the next few years.
Back where we started
After a 1h9m trip, and 4 hours total, we're back right where we started. Among the first to ace the Silver Line in both directions.
My Trusty Assistant, posing for the camera
The shopping mecca of Tysons Corner, now accessible by rail!
An inbound train leaves Spring Hill for Greensboro. One of the shorter inter-station gaps in the system, just before the longest gap in the system out to Reston.
Two trains getting turned to make the trip back to Largo (the second one is hiding). The barriers stacked at the end of the line, ready to be deployed when construction gets into full swing.