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#21 desertflyer

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 02:23 PM

Ah yes, it's number is 9. Thanks for pointing out that fun fact.

 

We're about to have lunch. It's definitely fall near Raton with the leaves changing colors.

 

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Between Trinidad and Raton.

 

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Nice views.

 

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The station building and beautiful sky in Raton.

 

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About halfway between Raton and Las Vegas, NM.


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Posted 06 October 2018 - 04:25 PM

Nice pics,thanks for sharing!😎

Hopefully the Raton scenery will still be viewable from the Train for years to come!🤔😊
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 05:58 PM

Great stuff !!! Keep it coming !!! Excellent photos !!! Love the KC shot with the "Western Auto Sign" ! Did you plan that or got lucky!?  :)

Thanks for sharing !!!  :)  :)  :)



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Posted 06 October 2018 - 07:14 PM

Great stuff !!! Keep it coming !!! Excellent photos !!! Love the KC shot with the "Western Auto Sign" ! Did you plan that or got lucky!?  :)

Thanks for sharing !!!  :)  :)  :)

That shot took a couple of tries! That sign is iconoc. Glad you're enjoying the pics.

 

We're now about to depart ABQ 2 hours late.

 

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We passed #4 just before Lamy.

 

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Red rocks in New Mexico.

 

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Lamy, NM

 

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Long stop in Albuquerque.

 

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The station in ABQ.

 

I really enjoyed the scenery across New Mexico. It wasn't as dramatic as a few other Amtrak routes, but it was still beautiful. I had been to New Mexico before, but only around Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and never via Amtrak.

 

I apologize that I didn't get a picture of my Chilaquiles because we had a great conversation with a couple visiting from Switzerland. They were ugly and had too much salsa, but were overall good. 


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 12:21 PM

On the way out of Albuquerque we took showers and got ready for dinner. It's always an experience taking a shower on a moving train.

 

At dinner we had yet another friendly conversation with a couple traveling to drive up California's Highway 1 from LA to Monterey. It made for great conversation. I had the salmon, which was pretty dry, and my girlfriend had the risotto which she found had cheese in it. Kind of odd, especially the amount of cheese they added.

 

They let us walk on the platform at Gallup, NM and Flagstaff, AZ. Flagstaff had a crazy thunderstorm. The rain was pouring so we barely walked on the platform, but it was quite the busy stop.

 

After Flagstaff we headed to bed. We ran about two hours late all night and so we slept until about Victorville. This meant we had time to have breakfast, and added bonus, but that we were running it close missing our Coast Starlight connection.

 

Luckily, as many of you probably know, there is quite a lot of schedule padding between San Bernardino and LA Union Station, so we made our Starlight connection with plenty of time to spare.

 

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Stunning sunset and rock formations after leaving Albaquerque.

 

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Walking the platform in Gallup.

 

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A very stormy Flagstaff.

 

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I take top bunk because I'm a gentleman.


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 01:06 PM

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The rising sun's rays on the mountains just after Victorville.

 

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There was very thick fog in the pass before San Bernardino.

 

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Our train at the platform in LA. It was a great ride with interesting passengers and a really caring crew. Tanisha kept our car looking new, including the bathrooms, from Chicago to LA. Amtrak is lucky to have her.

 

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Bonus gif of train 14 backing into LAUS.


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 02:52 PM

One of the most enjoyable trip reports I've seen! Thank you for the wonderful pictures!



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Posted 07 October 2018 - 05:45 PM

Great report...thanks for taking us along! :)


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:01 PM

Great stuff desertflyer! Did the SW Chief LAX to CHI 2 of last 3 summers. A nice ride.

 

Love flying too. Learned in TriPacer, 150, 172 and favorite was a Comanche. My uncle ran the airport and I was only 13-15 those years but what a joy for a kid!


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:17 PM

Thanks for the trip report. My family and I are looking forward to our winter trip on 3. Doing the entire route instead of the River Runner connection at KCY.

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:36 PM

Thanks for the trip report. My family and I are looking forward to our winter trip on 3. Doing the entire route instead of the River Runner connection at KCY.

So you doing LS to SWC?


Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
Wish List: Auto Train, Cardinal, CONO, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Crescent (overnight), Adirondack w/ Great Dome


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:09 PM

Thanks for the trip report. My family and I are looking forward to our winter trip on 3. Doing the entire route instead of the River Runner connection at KCY.

So you doing LS to SWC?
No... STL-CHI-LAX. A few days later, LAX-SAN. I have a very understanding family.

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:11 PM

 

 

Thanks for the trip report. My family and I are looking forward to our winter trip on 3. Doing the entire route instead of the River Runner connection at KCY.

So you doing LS to SWC?
No... STL-CHI-LAX. A few days later, LAX-SAN. I have a very understanding family.

LS = Lincoln Service. Are you taking the Lincoln Service to the SWC?


Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
Wish List: Auto Train, Cardinal, CONO, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Crescent (overnight), Adirondack w/ Great Dome


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 10:05 PM

 

 

Thanks for the trip report. My family and I are looking forward to our winter trip on 3. Doing the entire route instead of the River Runner connection at KCY.

So you doing LS to SWC?
No... STL-CHI-LAX. A few days later, LAX-SAN. I have a very understanding family.
LS = Lincoln Service. Are you taking the Lincoln Service to the SWC?
Yep. 302 in BC. Maybe we'll do the much more interesting northern crossing again. Missed the Arch tunnel and riverfront high line last CHI trip; didn't realize they still let Amtrak run that way until we hit the Musial bridge.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:15 PM

Thanks everyone for all the kind words. I enjoyed sharing the trip.

 

Just a follow up on the pedestrian our train hit, she was a 53 year old grandmother who for some reason went around the crossing gate. She had just been grocery shopping and appeared to be crossing back to her apartment complex. She died. A really sad situation and I feel for her family and the engineer. http://www.wspynews....258c48e96a.html


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 09:10 PM

Thanks everyone for all the kind words. I enjoyed sharing the trip.

 

Just a follow up on the pedestrian our train hit, she was a 53 year old grandmother who for some reason went around the crossing gate. She had just been grocery shopping and appeared to be crossing back to her apartment complex. She died. A really sad situation and I feel for her family and the engineer. http://www.wspynews....258c48e96a.html

 

Whoah. That really sucks.  :(


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Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
Wish List: Auto Train, Cardinal, CONO, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Crescent (overnight), Adirondack w/ Great Dome


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 04:13 PM

Loved this trip report with the fantastic photos!  Thank you!!



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:11 AM

Very nice trip report, and great photography! Love it.


Amtrak Routes Traveled: Lake Shore Limited, California Zephyr, San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Cardinal, Crescent, Sunset Limited, Southwest Chief, Hiawatha, City of New Orleans, Texas Eagle, Heartland Flyer, Missouri River Runner, Lincoln, Wolverine, Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Downeaster, Vermonter, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Capitol Limited, Pennsylvanian, Amtrak Cascades, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Ethan Allen Express, Keystone, Carolinian, Piedmont.
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:58 AM

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The station in ABQ.

 

 

Ya know.... Methinks the people who designed this station may have committed a serious trade mark "Faux pas..."    Not unless the station serves a dual transport purpose.... 

 

Are they thinking the new motto would be "Go.  Amtrak.... and leave the training to us...." ???   :P  :D

 

Very nice pictures and report, though!  hand10.gif
 



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:48 AM

The “station” is actually the Alvarado Transportation Center, which is a multi-modal facility serving multiple bus lines including Greyhound, the Rail Runner and one Amtrak train each way each day. Amtrak is possibly the smaller user of the facility in terms of footfalls.

https://en.wikipedia...ortation_Center




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