Re: Willow has arrived .. and i have no idea what i am doing!
The only advice I've got is for your train-trip, since it seems your Mom knows how to do cat-intro's. For the trip, I would bring a scrap of lightweight sheet to toss over her carrier so she cannot see out and get all freaky. The sheet will still allow air-flow but it will block her vision of the scary-sights. It won't block sound, but that's the best idea I've got.