Amtrak photography journey

Started Nov 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
pixseal Veteran Member • Posts: 3,196
Re: Amtrak photography journey

onechobeach wrote:

The criteria is small town America . Towns with easy access, Amtrak stations close to downtown, possible hiking trails, walking, photography and blogging.

Not all the stops have to be small but a few of interest so far are Winnemucca or Elko...

Plan on:

Elko and Winnemucca, Nevada.  Skip 'em.  These are small towns, but "boom towns" with some active mines nearby (but you can't get near the mines).  There is *nothing* else outside of town.

Reno, Nevada - the train stops downtown.  Reno is modern, but still has a "western" feel to it.  Plenty of casinos to stay at.

Truckee, California - Just east of the Sierra Nevada, the train station is downtown.  Truckee retains its "old west" feel and has many historic buildings.  It's only a 30 minute drive to Lake Tahoe.  Near downtown is the Union Pacific yard - you can see various snow plows that they store there for the Sierra winter (flangers, spreaders and rotaries).

Sacramento, California - The Amtrak station is within walking distance to to "Old Sacramento".  Old Sac is home to the California State Railroad Museum.  There are 10 daily "Amtrak California" trains between Sac and Oakland.

San Francisco for sure.  Did you know that SF has *never* had direct, long-distance train service?  Oakland (Emeryville) is the terminal for the Zepher and Starlight and connects to SF by bus over the Bay Bridge.  The only direct rail service to SF is CalTrain (formerly the Southern Pacific) from San Jose.

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