Cal,We set up the beds a bit before Winslow, and relaxed. I stepped off quickly at flagstaff, and went to sleep shortly after departing.
Had a decent nights sleep, my alarm was set for 5 am so I could get breakfast although I awoke a few times between 2 and 5 AM. At 4:40 I just got up, and got dressed. We pulled into Victorville shortly after. As we passed the Hesperia railcam I put my flashlight on, you can see it in the video.
at 5 AM I headed to the diner alone, as my traveling partner was still asleep. Had a great breakfast of French toast with potatoes and bacon. By the time I finished we were about to leave Cajon pass and the sky was becoming lighter. I went to the SSL where I stayed until Yoruba Linda, just savoring the last hour on the train.
A handful of people got off in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Fullerton respectively. I only saw scouts get off in Fullerton but I wasn’t really paying attention to the others.
Once I got back to my room, I found that our SCA was getting the bed sheets, and my traveling partner was across the hall chatting. Before I knew it, we were pulling into Fullerton just a minute or so late. Had to snap a few last pictures before heading to my ride. As we walked over the bridge with a handful of other passengers (including some Amish, which I was surprised to see they came out so far. I heard they transferred to a southbound Surfliner to SAN) the train pulled away.
We went to our ride, and am now home.
Thanks to everyone who followed along, this was a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to get back on board.
For those wondering, old bedding on the cardinal and Chief.
I followed the opposite path.Interesting.
Gotta say, it's so weird using AU on my computer now that I've been doing all this on my phone!
I find it much easier to type on the computer, and to handle things. Also I couldn't get the video AmtrakBlue got of my train on my phone working. I'll stick with the computer for now!When my PC died, I got a New Smart Phone with an Unlimited Plan, cancelled my Internet @ Home, and now do everything on my Phone, including AU.
Thank you. The SWC scenery isn't dramatic, but it is pleasant.Great write-up, loved your commentary, great pics. SWC is the only LD train I've not been on; while I loved your pics, I think I prefer the other routes, as far a scenery goes. Nice to see the menu items lived up to their promo billing. I think I see the CZ again in my near future....
Correct, which is why I called it a discount railfan window!Superliner is taller than the baggage car. He’s looking out the door on the last coach car. The baggage car, which normally is behind the engine, is at the end of the train.
Yeah. I'm not a fan of cooked carrots so I didn't really touch them. However I didn't love the green beans (weren't that much better than flex ones IMO)A question about the vegetables served: the carrots look like carrot "nuggets". Am I correct? I have never seen carrots like that. Were they good?
Thanks for posting such an interesting report with excellent photos. Most appreciated!
Your are indeed more tech savvy than I! I got an Iphone12 a year ago and it's got thousands of options for everything... not a day goes by when I don't want to slam it on the ground. As for my Macbook Air laptop its as smooth as silk. I can do anything on it... it's intuitive and I just use it.I followed the opposite path.
When my PC died, I got a New Smart Phone with an Unlimited Plan, cancelled my Internet @ Home, and now do everything on my Phone, including AU.
There are Amish communities in Mexico. A few years ago in the boarding line in Great Falls I met an Amish woman who only spoke German (Martin Luther's) and Spanish. She had been visiting from a ranch in Mexico. I told her uncle I'd help her with German on the bus to Denver and then she'd do fine on the bus with Spanish from there. In the bus, another Army veteran whose German was better than mine chimed in and then a young woman who turned out to be a German tourist introduced herself. As often is the case, the German woman found conversation challenging but interesting due to three centuries or so of language evolution.I think I've heard that the Amish go to Mexico for medical care.
Best thing is to do some research... just google... and check reviews on various sites. I've come across a few tech sites that I find hard to navigate so I didn't post them.Not a very encouraging post for me to read. I reluctantly need to buy a smartphone. But, I appreciate knowing your opinion.
Look @ Android phones, there's lots of really good ones, and not all are so expensive that they require a Second Mortgage to buy.( you don't really need all the latest Bells and Whistles on the NEW AND IMPROVED Models)Not a very encouraging post for me to read. I reluctantly need to buy a smartphone. But, I appreciate knowing your opinion.