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Old 08-20-2008, 08:53 AM   #41
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Fascinating journey Enuf, thanks very much for sharing. I've often wondered about train travel and it is good to hear a first hand report from the field.
Thanks for sharing!
What's the next adventure?
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Sarah, glad you enjoyed. It was whirlwind.

I wish I knew what was next. Part of the trip was to see if one of the places called out to me. They did not.

So on we go.
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Keep us posted. Some of us live vicariously through others' adventures, in lieu of FIRE...
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HFWR, thanks, I will keep in touch.
I'm sitting here looking out at the TransAmerica Pyramid from atop Knob Hill. Cheap old hotel (Grosevenor Suites) like those that Bogart stayed in as Sam Spade. Sky dark blue, water shimmering coal gray, lights twinkling from Oakland and the ships and islands. Wow.
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HFWR, thanks, I will keep in touch.
I'm sitting here looking out at the TransAmerica Pyramid from atop Knob Hill. Cheap old hotel (Grosevenor Suites) like those that Bogart stayed in as Sam Spade. Sky dark blue, water shimmering coal gray, lights twinkling from Oakland and the ships and islands. Wow.
Sounds like you're home. Hey, it's Nob Hill.
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Cuppa, too funny. Hey, I been away. Cover story needed also. I keep looking for Knob Creek.

Dude, I had to climb Mason from Market up to Pine. Oxygen. The fog. Adds up. Going over to Harry's place for a while tonight.
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Just an update on today. At Lewisburg, PA, clickety-clack, and suddenly a couple of Homeland Security guys got on and escorted off a well dressed man with a heavy Persian accent as opposed to an Arabic accent. He seemed totally resigned to being caught.

Also went thru Horseshoe Curve and wow that was pretty neat. Like entering Yankee Stadium from left-center field and exiting right-center.

Five college kids talked non-stop for 6 hours. Any surprise They were actually pretty respectful and seemed like typical young person with lots of promise. Hope they learn that the lungs can only vacuum 1 billion cubic feet of air before clogging. They did half that today.

The station in Pittsburgh looks like it cost the city nothing. Looks like an old public toilet.
Yes, the horseshoe curve is great to see. Summer is the time because during the winter it is dark when you arrive there. There is a web cam of the curve at http://64.84.107.59/view/index.shtml Also, here is a decent web site with history: http://www.railroadcity.com/hc/index.php Regarding Pittsburgh, yeah what is left of the station looks like a bus terminal. The old station (same location, but upstairs), has been converted into condos (or something like that) but was quite nice.
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thanks for the links, I just watched a freight round the Horseshoe. That portion of the trip was quite memorable. Loved the Allegheny Mountains.

Too bad about the Pittsburgh train station, the exterior looked really neat so the original station must have been nice and I really liked the city and a nice old time train station would have been a great addition. And spot on, it looks like a Greyhound waiting area.

My favorite station was Denver, kinda looked like there should be some penny farthings out front and lots of cattle cars on adjacent tracks. Also the restored Union Station in St. Louis shows just how grand that old station was.
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My favorite station was Denver, kinda looked like there should be some penny farthings out front and lots of cattle cars on adjacent tracks....
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Say it ain't so, 'Nuf, say Joe misunderstands. I am shocked, shocked! You went to the Denver train station and didn't hop on to go through the Moffitt tunnel and travel into the mountains for 400 miles along the green green Colorado River? You didn't take another train from the West and see the same glorious river by afternoon light and approach Denver by night from above?

Ok, I get it, I've met 100s of people who hate train travel. Like ER, leave it to those of us who know pearls when we see them and don't appreciate frequent flyer miles.

I'm sorry I read this thread! This is so dangerous for me as I will be free to hop the rails in Sept. Last time I had some open-ended time, it took me three days to plan a train trip that would go continuously for as many days as possible, 4-1/2 days and nights.
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oh, I feel your rage, it's an egregious thing but I experienced a huge honkin train Bogarting. You can't always get what you want.

I wanted a seat next to Annie Oakley but she was not traveling that day.

Hope Sept has a better offering.
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oh, I feel your rage, it's an egregious thing but I experienced a huge honkin train Bogarting. You can't always get what you want.
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Oh, a tragedy, I was misinformed, you went for the waters and the agent was dry. I'll buy that. I once switched the option of going from Denver thru the Moffitt and on to Oakland for a newly re-opened segment that went thru Wyoming and met the Zephyr at Salt Lake City; have to admit I don't regret it, enjoyed the cattle county.

Maybe we could work up some controversy over your description in post #42 of this train trip as whirlwind. To my mind those two expressions are mutually exclusive.
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Hope this Keb Mo lyric is my saving grace, "my train is out there, but it can't come in (no avail), flat broke and busted, crapped out again."

I hope, controversially, that you'll concede that whirlwinds are not always Santa Ana's but can be "plummic" and and even

And other than Tu Lan being the best food in SF, I challenge you to have a pizza at Powell and Bush. Uncle ......

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Maybe we could work up some controversy over your description in post #42 of this train trip as whirlwind. To my mind those two expressions are mutually exclusive.
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Have it delivered from Marina Pizza on Lombard; but don't go there to eat in, it's a hole-in-the-wall with no beer license. Isn't it time to go down the hill and clear out those arteries at Millennium?

This thread's been running a month and 7,000+ members have yet to put it in the soapbox. I know of no greater polarity than between the rail fans and plane folks. Shameful.
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