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Train Travel Group Trip to Santa Barbara 11/11/2013

by Chris Guenzler

Since our group that meets once a month at Knowlwood Restaurant in Fullerton had not taken a train trip in months, I decided to host one and bought my Amtrak roundtrip on line. I picked Veterans Day since it was a holiday and we always take a trip on that date. The morning of the trip Winston and Christy Walker picked me up and after a quick trip to the post office, we drove down to the Santa Ana train station and parked the car. I walked to the Track One platform and didn't have much time to wait for my first train of the morning.

A late running Pacific Surfliner 562 was the first train of the morning. Winston and Christy soon joined me and we waited to see who else might appear for our trip today.

Metrolink 807 was the next train into Santa Ana.

Metrolink 683 came into Santa Ana next.

Metrolink 607 for Los Angeles with Conductor Bert came through next.

Metrolink 682 came into Santa Ana next.

He was followed by the Union Pacific Costa Mesa Local.

Metrolink 815 was next into Santa Ana.

Pacific Surfliner 763 pulled into Santa Ana and we boarded the cab car taking a seat at the table in the middle of the car. The train left Santa Ana with us wondering who else might be joining us down line. At Anaheim we had a no show like Santa Ana but at Fullerton we were joined by Cheryl P. who boarded and soon joined us at the table. We had a quick trip to LAUPT and once there I pulled out my computer to show Cheryl my "Year of Trains in the Life of Chris Guenzler" which she enjoyed. We left LAUPT a few minutes late and soon we were in the San Fernando Valley. At the Bob Hope Airport we got to see the construction for their new transportation center they are building there. At Van Nuys we were joined by Diann of Culver City.

Two passenger cars were west of the Van Nuys Station. Good conversations were had as the train made its way north. We went through the tunnels that took the train into the Simi Valley. The train rolled along as far as the west switch of Camarillo where we paused to let Pacific Surfliner 774 go into the siding to clear for us. We did Oxnard and Ventura and it was picture time.

The train crossed the Ventura River.

The mountain to the northwest of the Ventura River.

Moments later we reached the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Cheryl P. was enjoying the views of the Pacific Ocean.

The train came to La Conchita.

The cross in the picture is for the loss of life from the mud slides that destroyed homes here in La Conchita years ago.

Besides our small group was a group of Los Angeles Mandaran Chinese language immersion children on a field trip. They were to be speaking only Mandaran Chinese but spoke English at all times except for one child who spoke it to his parents. They were a very nice group. We arrived early into Santa Barbara and detrained for the usual group picture.

Our group in Santa Barbara. From the station we took the electric bus for 50 cents to The Habit where we had lunch. After lunch we returned to the Amtrak station the same way and then our two ladies took the walk to Stearn's Wharf while we relaxed at the station. With a large crowd to take the train south this afternoon we all met up again and then waited trackside for our train. A female AC Conductor scanned tickets and gave us hat checks for the train ride home. Pacific Surfliner 784 came in and we all boarded. The ladies went into the cab car while Winston, Christy and myself settled for the Superliner long distance coach on this train set. Winston and I shared a set of seats and I showed him some of my programs plus I got on line to check things. West of Seacliff siding at MP 386.9, I passed my 1,380,000.0 rail mile. We met Pacific Surfliner 769 at Ventura and at Chatsworth met Surfliner 774. Diann left us at Van Nuys then Cheryl joined Christy at her seat. The train filled up as we got nearer to LAUPT. At LAUPT we left standing room only and stayed that way to Fullerton where Cheryl got off and Santa Ana where the three of us detrained. It had been another great Trainriders Amtrak trip and our next one will be to San Luis Obispo on Martin Luther King Day in January 2014. Winston drove me over to Absolute Auto to get the car and I drove home a tired Chris.