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Getting from here to there: In the Mountains

Getting from here to there: To Chicago and beyond

(This is the third post in a series about a cross- country train trip we recently completed)

(Click here to go to my Galleries for full-sized images, the ones below are thumbnails)

 

Second leg: overnight from Washington, DC to Chicago

Third leg: 52 hours scheduled, that turned into 54 hours, from Chicago through Denver, Salt Lake City and Reno to Emeryville, CA just outside of San Francisco

Side note: once we passed through Denver the scenery changed from tedious to everything it was advertised as: awesome. Mountains, snow storms, amazing views, the feeling of being in a middle-of-nowhere's wilderness. All from the <relative> comfort of a sleeper car with a dining car and observation car to hang out in. Despite the inefficiencies of Amtrak and the feeling of traveling in a less- than- first- world, modern conveyance, the views outside the windows were spectacular and more than made up for any minor inconveniences. 

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Trains pass through lots of small towns, often stopping for five to ten minutes.

 

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Not a lot to get excited about between DC through Chicago and to Denver.  A lot of it was at night.


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Yes, it's a cell phone image. We were happy to be in the train and not down in the traffic. Chicago in the background.

 

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Denver way in the hazy background as we start to climb.

 

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Same place, different perspective, with a bit of blur and window reflection to prove we were actually where we said we were... on the train!

 

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Into the mountains


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Train climbing into the mountains. It takes two engines, later three, to pull through the mountains.



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Snowstorm approaching, that we would go through

 

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Snowy Road and partially frozen creek, shrouded by the snow storm.


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Coming to a tunnel (center right). Most of the tunnels had dates back in the 50's at their entrances.


More to follow...

 

December 5-7, 2017

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