California Zephyr Ride-along!

Mark Watson Jan 16, 2011

  1. Mark Watson

    Mark Watson TrainBoard Member

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    And now we've sped to a crawl, still following the slow freight that cut us off.

    Now only 6 from SAC but not expected until 1:50.


    .... And we stopped again. :tb-hissyfit: :p
     
  2. Mark Watson

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    I must say that I am very impressed with my cell phone coverage this trip. I've had about 95% coverage from Reno to Sacramento so far.

    Coverage through Colorado was spotty still, but even then it was stil improved from my last trip. :)

    1:44 and we finally started moving again. Probably wont reach Sacramento Station until 2pm now. I think we're still ahead of schedule though. :)
     
  3. Mark Watson

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    Now pulling into SAC. We went from over one hour early to about five minutes late.
     
  4. Mark Watson

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    Just dparted Davis. Three more stops and then a short bus ride! :D
     
  5. Mark Watson

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    More picture updates.

    This was the station "platform" at Colefax

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  6. Mark Watson

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    Eastbound track takes a route on the right side of the westbound track. Moments later is when I catch Train #6 on this very track.

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    Benicia-Martinez bridge over the Carquinez Strait. The longest steel rail bridge west of the Mississippi River.

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  8. Mark Watson

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    And now entering a stretch of track made famous by OC Engineer JD's almost exact N Scale remake! The water side run along Pinole! :)
     
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    The very tips of the tall Golden Gate Bridge towers are seen off in the distance.

    Richmond in 4 minutes. Exactly on time.
     
  10. Mark Watson

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    Now arriving in Emeryville. 10 minutes ahead of schedule. :D :D
     
  11. Mark Watson

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    The last 5 miles takes the longest.

    The bus has departed Emeryville. Next time I see you will be from the comfort of home. :)

    Hope you have enjoyed riding the California Zephyr with me!! :D :D
     
  12. RBrodzinsky

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    Welcome back to the SF Bay Area (home to the World Champion GIANTS)
     
  13. Hytec

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    Mark, Thank You Very Much!!!! This has been lots of fun....:tb-cool:
     
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    Thanks for sharing the ride with us!

    How did the real Pinole stand up to OC Engineer JD's version?
     
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    Whew! I'm finally home!

    :D :D :D :D
     
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    Great Ride-A-Long

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  17. Mark Watson

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    Picture time!

    Here are my favorite photos taken with my Canon camera.

    We start off at Denver Union Station where we see the new construction springing up.
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    As we depart, the sun reflects from the yard
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    And of course, there's that burned out locomotive that has been sitting their for years! (I dont believe it has moved an inch since I saw it on my very first train ride!)
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    Here's some engines in better shape though.
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    After the relatively uneventful trip through Denver, we come to the big ten curves! Here we are exiting them.
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    And here is the tunnel we'll go through in a few minutes.
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    Around the corner, I saw some weird fires being burned. Anyone have any idea why?
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    Not long after that, we reached Gore Canyon.
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    Coming out of upper Gore
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    And into Gore Valley
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    Here's our power
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    And here's our tail
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    Gore Valley from the far side (I want to say looking to the Northeast?)
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