All Aboard!

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My Wednesday begin rather early. Like 1 a.m. I couldn’t sleep so decided to come out to the living room and read on the book that has kept my interest all day. I am reading “Good In Bed” by Jennifer Weiner. It isn’t what you might think so don’t go there. Ms. Weiner wrote “In Her Shoes” which was a motion picture. I was almost done with the book and you know how towards the end the heroine encounters myriad problems and the action gets moving and you just can’t put that book down. That was me!

truckdaleminThat morning, we were up early and off to Truckee to catch the 9:37 a.m. Amtrak California Zephyr to Colfax. Why? you might ask. Well, we rode the train for the fun of it! We like trains. And truckeewe would probably never have the opportunity to take a real train ride so we decided to see what this one was all about. We had a great time but were disappointed because they went only 30 mph through the Serria-Nevada Mountains. The scenery was awesome and we went through many tunnels. We were treated to a running commentary the whole time of the history of the RR and the surrounding area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dale and Mindy watch the  Amtrak come into Truckee Station. 

horseshoeThe Amtrak is being pulled by two engines. We were totally surprised by the amount of people who were using this service. The Amtrak that comes through Reno to Truckee originates out of Chicago and goes to San Fransisco. The photo’s will be atunnel1 little murky because the windows were spotty and dirty.   

This shot is of what they call the Horseshoe Bend. We were going West and now we will be going East for a spell and then West again. They had to do this so they could climb into the Sierria-Nevada Mountains.  



 Here we are   going into a tunnel
– one of many.
The tunnels were given
numbers as to when they were built. 


Once inside a tunnel it gets very dark. Like when at the Oregon Caves
and you can’t see your hand in front of your face dark. donner-lake
The lights remain on inside the coach though. This photo was
taken as we were coming out of the tunnel. 


                                                                                                                                                                       This is Donner Lake. You can see I-80 across the lake.
It was fun to look down on sites that we would view at
eye level in a vehicle.It was foggy when we left Truckee
and when we got above the fog we could see how socked in Truckee was.
Donner Lake had a lot of fog on it in the morning when we passed by,
but it was free of fog in the afternoon, of course. 


colfaxThis is Colfax – as far as we went for our fun ride. The train was pretty much on time so we had about an hour to grab some lunch. Colfax is very small but cute. We found a coffee house open that served up some great lunch. We walked around town looking in windows. They had 3 hair salons and 3 antique shops in one block! Then we walked across the street (train tracks) to catch our ride back to Truckee. Dale has made a movie and I will post it as soon as he gets done doing all this nifty stuff to it. He purchased software off the internet to be able to upload a video to YouTube. 


 fallcolorsFall Colors  with Donner Lake in the background.                          





Ok, we all look dorky! We were squeezed into this really small space usand the conductor just had to take our picture!







theendOn the way from Colfax to Truckee we sat in the Sight-Seer Lounge.
Windows all around. The views were incredible.
But all good things come to an end.
We arrived back in Truckee on time.
It was an awesome day! Especially with family!


2 thoughts on “All Aboard!

    Ellie Willaman said:
    October 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Gwen, about 20 yrs ago I took the Amtrack Train from Indianapolis (by myself) and rode out to Kansas City, MO. to visit my son and his family. It was so much fun. Loved eating in the dining car with so many different people. Loved traveling across the Missouri River on the long bridge. I probalby rode that train a dozen times in all kinds of weather. Once when it was 20 below zero and the train had to stop and the engineeer had to blow torch the rails to enable the train to switch tracks. Very interesting trip !!


      Gwen said:
      October 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm

      Cool. You are the “experienced” Amtrak passenger! Thanks for sharing with me.

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