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A Trip to Sacramento to see the UP 844 and to take that Long Walk to the Station 9/29/2012

by Chris Guenzler

I need a trip and this one day trip to Sacramento would do the trick. I would be there just 3.5 hours but I would get to see the UP 844 on display there and also cover the new long walk from the platforms to the Sacramento station building. I finished up my subbing job at Saddleback High School and received some very nice and touching farewell cards for the students in Mrs. Estrada's 5th period Class. They were a great bunch of kids. Up the next morning at 2:00 AM I prepared myself for the trip then had breakfast before I drove down to the Santa Ana Train Station getting there at 2:45 AM for the 3:00 AM bus to Bakersfield which left on time with me and one other passenger going to San Jose. The bus stopped at Fullerton then LAUPT before we went to Glendale, Burbank Airport and then Newhall before we went over Tejon Pass before arriving into Bakersfield. I took the rear left hand side seat and then got on line before hopping off for a picture.

San Joaquin 701 9/29/2012

San Joaquin 701 in Bakersfield prior to the on time departure. Our train consisted of Engine 152, Baggage/Coach 8201 San Francisco Bay, Coach 8013 Russian River {mine}, Cafe 8805 Yosemite River, Coach 8004 San Gabriel River and Cab Car 8303 Mount Diablo.

San Joaquin Railroad power in the west end of the Bakersfield BNSF yard.

Crossing the Kern River. I had my CD of Queen "Night of the Opera" as I enjoyed a Coca-Cola and wrote this story up to the point of arriving in Wasco.

Fields and vineyards north of Wasco.

Another view north of Wasco.

The San Joaquin Valley is really a desert unless you add water to it.

Allensworth State Park which was the first black township in California.

The train crossed the Tule River. I put on the second CD of Jethro Tull "Nightcap" and got on the Lets Talk Trains Chat Room with AC Adam. The train rolled into Corcoran. I meet a Railfan who had stopped doing what I am doing and he shared his pictures as we stopped in Hanford.

The California corn is looking good in our state.

The train crossed the Kings River before we made the sprint through Calwa Yard and on into Fresno, a fresh air stop on this trip. We left Fresno on time.

On the way to Madera, the train crossed the San Joaquin River before we stopped there. I called Lets Talk Trains before we stopped at Merced. At Ballico we met a BNSF freight that blocked my view of the Castle Air Museum.

The train crossed the Merced River before we arrived into the Turlock/Denair Station. I changed to my CD of the "Keith Emerson Band" at this point.

The train crossed the Tuolumne River before Modesto.

The train crossed the Stanislaus River on the way to Stockton our next station stop. I relaxed until we got there.

The train left the rails of the BNSF for those of the Union Pacific at Stockton prior to our arrival at the Stockton ACE Station where they must use the grade crossing since there is no platform for the track we are on. Next stop Lodi. The next CD was the Spice Girls "Spiceworld" that should get me to near Sacramento.

The former Southern Pacific Lodi Station.

The Lodi Arch. Next stop is Sacramento but things still to see along the way.

The Mokelumne River.

The Cosumnes River.

Where the original mainline used to go thus I am on new mileage into the new Sacramento Station platforms. The train pulled into Sacramento ten minutes early and now I would take you on the walk to the station area.

Sacramento Station Walk 9/29/2012

The train pulled into the platform and you take either the stairs or the ramp. I took the ramp.

This is the ramp I took to the station tunnel and took a left towards the station area.

You go through this tunnel to reach a ramp that takes you to the surface. Train information boards are also located in the tunnel.

Next you take this ramp to the surface.

Next you take a paved walk across where all the former tracks had been.

Where the tracks once had been.

You would still have to walk into the station building but we are headed to Old Sacramento.

This path takes you to Old Sacramento.

A look back to where we had been. I made my way over to Old Sacramento the usual way from here.

Union Pacific Building America for 150 Years Sacramento Celebration 9/29/2012.

The Union Pacific 150 Year Tent.

The Union Pacific 150 Year Tractor and Trailer.

The Union Pacific Mini Train was out in front of the California State Railroad Museum which was free this weekend only.

Union Pacific 0-8-0 4466 built by Lima in 1920.

Union Pacific Low Emissions SD59MX 9900.

Union Pacific 4-8-4 844 on display built by Alco in 1944.

The nose herald on the Union Pacific 844.

Union Pacific Business Car 103.

The Union Pacific Exhibit Car and Union Pacific Souvenir Shop.

The rear emblem on the rear business car.

The rear of the 150th Year Train.

Union Pacific 4-8-4 844 built by Alco in 1944.

The nose of the Union Pacific 4-8-4 844.

The cab of the Union Pacific 4-8-4 844.

Union Pacific Low Emissions SD59MX 9900.

Union Pacific SD70ACe 8775.

Sacramento Southern switcher 2030.

Another view of the rear of the 150 years train.

The Sacramento Southern train was ready to start another run.

Virginia & Truckee 2-4-0 21 built by Baldwin 3689 in 1875 and named J.W. Bowker.

Denver & Rio Grande Combine 550.

A coach.

Union Pacific Bus.

Southern Pacific Baldwin DRS66-1500 5208.

One more view of the Southern Pacific Baldwin DRS66-1500 5208.

Sacramento Northern SW1 402 built by EMC in 1939.

Southern Pacific SD45T-2 6819 built by GM-EMD in 1972.

Western Pacific F&A 913 built by GM-EMD in 1950.

Southern Pacific E9A 6051 built by GM-EMD in 1954.

Union Pacific Caboose 25256. Now I will tour the inside of the California State Railroad Museum Main building

Fruit Express 35832

Nevada Short Line 2-6-0 1 (36" gauge) built by Baldwin in 1879.

Union Pacific SD70ACe 8715.

Santa Fe Diner Cochiti.

Canadian National Business Car St. Hyacinthe.

Southern Pacific 4-8-8-2 4294 built by Baldwin in 1944.

Southern Pacific 4-6-2 2467 built by Baldwin in 1921.

Southern Pacific C. P. Huntington 4-2-4RT 1 built by Cooke in 1863.

Virginia & Truckee 2-6-0 13 Empire built by Baldwin in 1873.

North Pacific Coast 4-4-0 12 Sonoma (36" gauge) built by Baldwin in 1876.

Virginia & Truckee 4-4-0 12 Genoa built by Baldwin in 1873.

The Gov. Stanford 4-4-0 1 originally built by Norris Locomotive Works in 1862. With that done, I went outside and got a ticket to go through the Union Pacific 150 Year Exhibit Car. After that I stopped by the Vagabound Inn for two cans of Coca-Cola then walked back to the Amtrak Station, found a table and wrote the story to this point. I uploaded it and waited for Winston to do his thing with it. I made that walk out to the track and boarded my train San Joaquin 704 for Bakersfield and then the bus to Santa Ana. I put on my DVD Miley Cyrus Live and was on the 4th song when we departed Sacramento on time for Bakersfield. Miley took me down through Lodi and Stockton then it was time for my DVD of Lady Gaga Live that should take me further down the valley. It took me through Modesto where we waited on our scheduled time of departure, Turlock, Merced where I took fresh air for ten minutes, Madera and onto Fresno where I took one last fresh air break. I napped to Bakersfield and then boarded the bus for Santa Ana and tried to get some more sleep and did not. I got off the bus at Santa Ana a few minutes early ending a good and quick trip to Sacramento and got to enjoy the Union Pacific 844 one more time.