Train Trip Part 6: The Southwest Chief

It was time to leave California and make my way back to Denver’s Union Station.  But first I had to get back to LA’s Union Station.

If you’re like me, you’re wondering why many of the train stations on this trip are named Union Station.  They were referred to as union stations because they served, and were owned by, more than one railway.  They have maintained those names for historical reasons.  This wikipedia article lists all the cities with a union station.

I hopped on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner at Oceanside.


A para-glider lands in the water near San Juan Capistrano.


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Train Trip Part 2: Califorina Zephyr

I didn’t take many photos on the second day of the Zephyr ride.

We stopped early in Reno, Nevada, where I got off the train and walked a little bit. There wasn’t a lot of time.  There was one health conscious family that jogged up and down the length of the train to get exercise.   There wasn’t much to see at the Reno station.

From Reno we headed up into the Sierra’s of California.  It’s similar to Colorado, but it seemed like the main view out of either side of the train was trees.  There were some exceptions.

Truckee, California from the Dining Car. Did I mention that all meals are included with a sleeper car?


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