The Great Way West
"I’ve never seen such a weird bunch, I wonder how they on board?" asked Oswald rhetorically.
"Probably robbed a bank and they’re now escaping," said Wesley.
"Hush you, that’s disrespectful, and look, our appetizer and salads are coming," said Oliver. Peter came back with the appetizer. The salad was made fresh in the table side cart, and then scooped right into the salad bowl on the table.
"Nice presentation," said Wesley.
"I think that’s the first time today you’ve said anything nice," said Oliver
Now that she knew where Cross was sitting and that he had an eye on the gang, she focused her hearing on listening as much as she could. Unfortunately, the only voice that carried far enough was that of Wesley, which made Nice cringe with anger. I knew this was a bad idea.
The gang smiled politely as the waiter scooped the salad into the salad bowl at their table. The bomb expert stopped paying attention to the men on the other side of the cart, deciding not to make herself angrier and to enjoy the time here.
"You seem on edge, Boss," Nick pointed out.
She shook her head. “It’s nothing. I’m just a little peeved that Cross is here is all,” she explained with a small grin. Not entirely true, but they’ll buy it. Jacuzzi seemed to be enjoying himself, which was all Nice needed to remain calm for the time being.
The train continued going through the streets of Easton, then entered the city of Bethlehem. The smoke from the steel works could be seen from the left side of the train. After continuing through, they entered Allentown. Here the train stopped at the station. ”This street running really cuts into the schedule. We really should build a separate right of way, might seek a loan like the Pennsy, and extend electrification to Pittsburgh while we’re at it,” Oliver remarks, “Plus it holds up traffic, and we have to divert our freight trains over competitor lines. I think we do need to build a bypass.”
"How will you serve the towns then?" asks Oswald.
"That’s the problem, we don’t know. We thought of elevating the line, or putting it underground, but it won’t work with all of the foundations and utilities, and the fact it would be very expensive. We might have to build a brand new station outside of town, and use a shuttle." Oliver jots down some notes.