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California Zephyr Trip report. 6 from emy to chi departing emy 8/21.


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#1 Steve4031

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 10:56 AM

Flew out from Chicago 8/20 On United. Booked this trip at the last minute. Was lucky to get a roomette for $487. It is roomette 20 in the 640 car. The flights out of Chicago were delayed because of thunderstorms. I arrived at the hgi Emeryville at 2 am. Got up at 7 am, ate breakfast and caught the 8:10 am shuttle to emy.

Waited outside by the tracks. Then at 8:35 an Amtrak employee lined up all of the sleeping car passengers. Since I happened to be the closest to him he made me the leader. He instructed me to lead all the sleeping car pax down the platform to stand next to a white sign. Once we reached the designated area the train pulled in. The conductor was at the door to the 640 car. He quickly scanned my ticket and sent me upstairs.

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 11:04 AM

Flew out from Chicago 8/20 On United. Booked this trip at the last minute. Was lucky to get a roomette for $487. It is roomette 20 in the 640 car. The flights out of Chicago were delayed because of thunderstorms. I arrived at the hgi Emeryville at 2 am. Got up at 7 am, ate breakfast and caught the 8:10 am shuttle to emy.

Waited outside by the tracks. Then at 8:35 an Amtrak employee lined up all of the sleeping car passengers. Since I happened to be the closest to him he made me the leader. He instructed me to lead all the sleeping car pax down the platform to stand next to a white sign. Once we reached the designated area the train pulled in. The conductor was at the door to the 640 car. He quickly scanned my ticket and sent me upstairs.

The sca sharlene makes a good first impression. attachicon.gifIMG_1534866954.918695.jpg

 

Well done Sharlene!

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 11:16 AM

On time departure from emy.

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 12:29 PM

Sharlene is definitely a winner. Came by and visited with each passenger. She saw I had put the seats down to nap and offered to make the bed. When I said I was ok she offered to put a sheet down. Classy. She explained everything in a personable way.

We sat at Martinez for a few minutes, pulled out of the station and then stopped for a while. I was half dozing so I think it was about 20 minutes.
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Posted 21 August 2018 - 04:17 PM

Lunch in the diner was a classic. Three great table companions with great conversation. We enjoyed the view out of Colfax. I enjoyed the macaroni and cheese. Dessert choices were crepe brûlée, chocolate cake, cheesecake. Did not ask about mussels. Nor did I hear anyone order them.
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Posted 21 August 2018 - 05:35 PM

Sharlene is definitely one of the top scas. Came through the 640 car to make sure we had our doors open for dinner reservations. Mine was open. I do not want to miss it like I did last fall.

Wondering if I am going to get questioned by Reno’s not so finest Dunkin Donut eating keystone cops. I fit there profile. Bought a one way ticket at last minute.

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 05:38 PM

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Classic.
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Posted 21 August 2018 - 06:13 PM

Interesting: I went downstairs to get off and stretch my legs. The door to the 640 car was closed so I decided to go to next car to get off. Then somebody from the outside opened the door. Two plainclothes police officers boarded and one had a manifest. I stepped aside and got off to walk on the platform. There were no Amtrak crew members by the door.

The next conductor arrived and I told him the police had opened the door. I didn’t want him thinking I had opened it. He said that was ok and went on his business.

I was never approached so I don’t know who they wanted. I wonder what they do if the passengers they are looking for are not in their rooms.
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Posted 21 August 2018 - 06:58 PM

Lunch in the diner was a classic. Three great table companions with great conversation. We enjoyed the view out of Colfax. I enjoyed the macaroni and cheese. Dessert choices were crepe brûlée, chocolate cake, cheesecake. Did not ask about mussels. Nor did I hear anyone order them.

Sounds like a new menu. Are we talking about the microwaved mac n' cheese on the kids menu, or actual decent mac n' cheese for adults?


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Posted 21 August 2018 - 07:16 PM

I make sure to never be in my room when stopping at Reno or Albuquerque. Once when returning to my room on the Chief, I heard the passengers in the Roomette across from me complaining to the attendant about the questioning.

Glad you're having a great time! I love the zephyr so much.

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 08:19 PM

Starting to sound like a thriller...



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Posted 21 August 2018 - 08:28 PM

Lunch in the diner was a classic. Three great table companions with great conversation. We enjoyed the view out of Colfax. I enjoyed the macaroni and cheese. Dessert choices were crepe brûlée, chocolate cake, cheesecake. Did not ask about mussels. Nor did I hear anyone order them.

Sounds like a new menu. Are we talking about the microwaved mac n' cheese on the kids menu, or actual decent mac n' cheese for adults?

It’s the same menu. No pecan pie. Attached File  IMG_1534901274.958077.jpg   1.58MB   12 downloads
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Posted 21 August 2018 - 08:36 PM

We are 30 plus minutes early into Winnemucca. Dinner was excellent. Good diner companions again. The other server is good too.
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 04:52 AM

A great night’s sleep. UP installed concrete ties several years ago and the ride is very smooth.

I showered in Salt Lake City. Much easier when train is not moving. We departed on time.

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 06:56 AM

Glad you are enjoying your trip!



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Posted 22 August 2018 - 08:23 AM

Diner opened a bit late. But crew is still friendly. Ate breakfast with a view.

There has been lots of rain. Flash flood alerts. Standing water At helper. So different views today.

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 09:02 AM

Great reporting, Steve! And so timely. I just booked the CZ (SAC-CHI) for travel in early December. Some of the great scenery will be missed because of shorter days at that time of year, but your posts are giving me a wonderful preview of what to expect.

Thanks!

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 10:41 AM

There is more to come! Lol.

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Just enjoying it. Nuff said.

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Posted 22 August 2018 - 12:48 PM

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Just enjoying it. Nuff said.

So jealous.


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