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Southwest Chief #3 CHI-LAX live trip report

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

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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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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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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?

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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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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?

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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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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.com/news/local/sandwich-woman-dead-after-being-hit-by-passenger-train/article_2753f51a-c8ea-11e8-b225-f3258c48e96a.html

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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.com/news/local/sandwich-woman-dead-after-being-hit-by-passenger-train/article_2753f51a-c8ea-11e8-b225-f3258c48e96a.html

 

Whoah. That really sucks. :(

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

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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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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.org/wiki/Alvarado_Transportation_Center

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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.org/wiki/Alvarado_Transportation_Center

 

 

As I suspected. It just seemed kinda weird seeing the Greyhound mark on what appears to be the track side of the budiling.... perhaps it isn't the track side, but.....

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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.org/wiki/Alvarado_Transportation_Center

 

As I suspected. It just seemed kinda weird seeing the Greyhound mark on what appears to be the track side of the budiling.... perhaps it isn't the track side, but.....

It is the trackside. Or at least the trackside has the Greyhound.

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Alvarado was first built for serving local transport. Greyhound, Amtrak and Rail Runner was added to it later.

 

I wonder if Greyhound paid some money to get their logo on the building. Maybe they did.

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The Alvarado was part of the Alvarado Harvey House Hotel complex built in 1902. The hotel itself was demolished in 1970...the original train station burned down in 1993. The completion of the current complex was in 2006.

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Thanks for this preview. The family and I are taking the SWC to flagstaff next year.

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