††††††††††† Back in
September when I went back to
††††††††††† I also
decided that because on both my Arizona Trip back in 2006 AND my trip last
September, the Sunset Limited was so late into San Antonio that I had to be
bussed to Dallas! On my way down to
††††††††††† As a result
of these facts, I decided to fly down to
††††††††††† I got to
††††††††††† I logged
into the airportís Wi-Fi and went online. At one point I saw a Delta Boeing 757
taxiing to the airport. I wondered if it was my plane. I was to be on an MD-80
like I flew to
††††††††††† I then worked on this report for a few minutes. I saw a Delta MD80 off in the distance and figured it was really my plane. As it pulled up to the gate, I photographed it and a Skywest commuter jet.
††††††††††† I briefly spoke to another passenger before I worked on this report some more. I decided to try to get lunch. I bought a burger near my gate. After lunch it was time to board the plane. I had heard it was a full flight. I had a middle seat. From the plane, I attempted to photograph a Westjet Boeing 737-600.
††††††††††† The plane left a few minutes early. As we taxied out to the runway I attempted to photograph some planes as we went past. One of the planes was an Airbus A380.
††††††††††† As the
plane took off, I filmed the takeoff roll. We took off to the North and soon turned
around. Shortly getting over
††††††††††† The flight
was uneventful. As we begun our decent into
††††††††††† We had arrived a few minutes early. I got off the plane and photographed it.
††††††††††† I then went to see about which gate my connecting flight to San Antonio was departing from. Like when I flew to Tucson last August, I had to take a shuttle train to reach my connecting flight. Unlike last time, I had plenty of time as I had a 4 Ĺ hour layover in Atlanta.
The view from the front of the terminal shuttle train in Atlanta.
††††††††††† I saw there
was an earlier Delta flight leaving at
††††††††††† During the time in Atlanta I explored the giant airport. I photographed various planes.
photographed Southwestís heritage jet which I had seen back in 2013 when I was
flying Jetblue from
††††††††††† I took a train to Terminal A. I photographed the plane I would have been on had I taken the 4:03 flight.
††††††††††† I had a 15-minute massage at one point. I then took the shuttle train to Terminal E so I could get dinner at an Arbyís. I photographed a Jetblue plane and a Delta Boeing 767-400.
††††††††††† I then bought dinner. I caught a shuttle train back to the gate. At my gate I went online. I also worked on this report some more. My plane arrived at the gate. It was an Airbus A321. I went to a nearby gate and photographed it.
††††††††††† I then returned to my gate to wait. Boarding began shortly before 7:00 pm. I had a window seat about 2/3 back. The plane departed on time. As we took off, I filmed the take off.
††††††††††† This plane did have on board entertainment. I watched it throughout the flight. At one point, we flew above Jackson, Mississippi. We later flew to the north of Houston, Texas.
††††††††††† We soon
began our approach into
††††††††††† We were soon parked at the gate. I got off and found it impossible to photograph the plane due to the windows being reflective. I then went to get my suitcase. I didnít have to wait long. I got my suitcase and then went and took a taxi to my hotel. I checked in and asked for a wake-up call at 5:30 am. I then phoned home and let my mom know I had arrived in San Antonio.
††††††††††† I then walked around the area looking for a convenience store but didnít find anything. I did find the Amtrak station and former Southern Pacific steam locomotive #794. I photographed two Superliners that looked like they were going to be coupled to the rear of the Westbound Sunset Limited.
††††††††††† I photographed steam locomotive #794 and the Texas Eagle which I would be on tomorrow.
††††††††††† I then took a couple more pics of the Superliner coach and sleeper on the siding.
††††††††††† I then made
my way back to the hotel. On the way I passed by a couple buses from VIA;
January 30, 2020:
††††††††††† I got a call at 5:18 am on my cell phone from the cab company checking to see what Days Inn I was staying at. I told them and went back to sleep. The wake-up call at 5:30 didnít happen and I was woken up by my phone. I got up and got dressed I finished packing and went to check out. I saw the taxi pulling into the parking lot 15 minutes early. It reminded me of when I was in Sarnia back in 2016.
††††††††††† I then checked out and went to the taxi. We drove to the Amtrak station. I paid the driver and went in. It had only been 20 minutes since my cell phone woke me up.
††††††††††† I went inside the station and bought a bottle of Pepsi from a vending machine. I went outside and photographed the Texas Eagle and steam locomotive #794.
††††††††††† I saw the
two Superliners that were on a siding were no longer there. They must have been
coupled to the rear of the Sunset and departed west for
††††††††††† Boarding began shortly after . I was seated in Superliner 2 coach #34107. I had seen that all but one of the coaches on the train were Superliner 2s. The diner-lounge that was on the Texas Eagle back in 2009 has been replaced by a full diner. The train departed on time. We actually reversed out of the station. For more than 10 minutes, we reversed. We then stopped and then went forwards.
††††††††††† The person sitting behind me was snoring loudly. I went to the dining car for breakfast. After breakfast I returned to my coach seat. At one point, we passed passenger car painted in Missouri Pacific colours. I photographed it.
later, the train stopped at
††††††††††† Coming into
The train stopped in
††††††††††† The train soon departed. Shortly after we departed, we passed what looked like a bus yard and I photographed some D35LFs/D40LFs .
††††††††††† The train
passed several old military aircraft on display. The train was running in the median
of the highway. This must have been the line we were running beside on the bus
back on my way to
††††††††††† North of
Austin, we passed a Union Pacific freight train with four locomotives. We were
soon on the outskirts of
††††††††††† I went to
the lounge car and was surprised to learn that Amtrak now sells Coke instead of
Pepsi. This must be recent because I believe they still served Pepsi back in
September. I then went back to my seat. The train stopped at
††††††††††† I stepped
off the train at
††††††††††† I then took some pictures of the railway equipment on display.
††††††††††† I also photographed the Texas Eagle as well as one more photo of a caboose on display at the station.
††††††††††† I got back on and went to the sightseer lounge. I filmed the railway equipment as we departed.
††††††††††† We were near
a BNSF yard. I photographed various locomotives including a Ferromex
locomotive.† I also photographed a
caboose from the
††††††††††† I went to
the dining car for lunch. I was sat with a couple travelling to
††††††††††† At one
point, I could make out the Buc-eeís where the bus Amtrak chartered for us from
††††††††††† The train
stopped at McGregor. I returned to my coach seat and worked on this report some
more. At one point, I called Julie to check the status of the train and found
we were expected to arrive into
††††††††††† We passed a southbound BNSF freight.† We passed a BNSF coal train a little while later.
††††††††††† The train
††††††††††† I saw a
BNSF yard as we left
††††††††††† I then attempted to photograph a Trinity Railway Express train at Fort Worth T&P station; the western end of the TRE line.
††††††††††† The train
slowed to a crawl as we got closer to
††††††††††† As we
pulled in, I saw train #21; the southbound Texas Eagle and the Heartland Flyer.
I filmed the Southbound Texas Eagle. I saw the Heartland Flyer had NCPU #90229,
two Superliner coaches, and P42 #156 which is painted in Amtrakís Phase 1
livery. The train stopped at
††††††††††† I then walked to the end of the platform and photographed my trainís locomotive and interurban #25 which is on display at the station.
††††††††††† I then walked back to my coach. I saw train #21 had departed. I photographed the Heartland Flyer and the freight with the CP AC4400.
††††††††††† The Union Pacific freight departed. There was a CP Gevo on the tail end as well. I photographed it.
††††††††††† I got back
on the train and waited for us to leave. I filmed an eastbound TRE commuter
train pushed by F59PH #121.† I went to
the Sightseer Lounge car. When the train departed, instead of backing out of
the station like it did in 2009, the Texas Eagle now follows the line TRE
commuter trains take. The TRE line is more direct to
††††††††††† The train slowed to a crawl. We then stopped. We waited for a westbound TRE commuter train to pass. When it passed, I filmed it. We were soon underway again.
††††††††††† When we passed the TRE yard, I filmed it. I saw TRE RDC #2001; their sole remaining RDC was in a different position than it was back in September. I saw two TRE trains led by two ex AMT (originally Amtrak) F40PHs.
††††††††††† We were
††††††††††† We passed
by a freight yard and soon arrived into
††††††††††† I then bought a DART day pass and rode three stops. I then walked a few blocks to where I was staying; a place called the Stay Alfred. Itís like a combination hotel room and apartment. The check in process was a little complicated but I was able to get up to my room.
††††††††††† Once I got to my room I went online and dropped my stuff off. I looked on the McKinney Avenue Transit Authorityís website and checked the tracker to see if #4614 was running. It was! It was at the far end of the line.
††††††††††† I quickly
got my stuff and left the hotel. I walked to the St. Paul DART station and a
block further to where I had boarded #186 on the day that I arrived in
††††††††††† I knew that
if #4614 didnít come next, it would be the car after. However, after a few
minutes I looked down
††††††††††† I sat in
the back of the car on the left-hand side; where I sat when the PCCs were still
in service in
††††††††††† A few
minutes later I phoned John Landrum. I told him I was riding PCC 4614. He told
me how some
††††††††††† I rode to Cityplace. I got off and photographed #4614.
††††††††††† I filmed the car being turned on the turntable and took some more photos.
††††††††††† I then filmed #4614 departing and took one more photo.
††††††††††† In addition
to installing a door on the left hand side of the car,
††††††††††† Ironically if this trip and this ride on #4614 had occurred exactly a week earlier, it would have been 11 years to the day I first visited the car and its sister #4613 and completed my quest to see all 19 of the PCCs that were retired in 1995. I had plans to see #4613 like I did on my trip back in September.
††††††††††† I then
headed to the Target nearby. I bought some cereal to eat at the apartment. I
paid and then walked to the DART station. I took the second incline elevator
down to the ticket area of the station. This incline elevator was working when
††††††††††† I rode one
stop north and had dinner at a nearby Taco Bell. I then took a train back to
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