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A sad Winterail Trip 2013

by Chris Guenzler

3/7/2003 I worked my last day at Godeniz High School then drove home before my mother took me to Enterprise to get my rental car. I gassed it up before coming home. She left with my Brother Duane and his wife Lisa to go see my Sister Laura was closing in on death up in San Rafael. I packed up the rental car and headed to the Denny's across from LAUPT and waited for Chris to meet me there before we would pick up Bob and Elizabeth Alkire flying in from Seattle via Salt Lake City then taking the Flyway Bus to meet us at the drop off point.

The Rental Car a Chevy Blazer for this year's driving. Chris Parker showed up and dropped off his stuff before he parked in the lot below the MTA Building. Soon we saw the bus go by our location and waiting just a few minutes we drove over and picked up the Alkires. We headed up Interstate 5 to CA 99 where we got off at White Line in Bakersfield as I had an idea for Dinner.

We had Dinner at The Grill Hut in a former Santa Fe Passenger Car and I had Smoked Tri-Tip which was very good.

Our group at the table. We made our way over the CA 43 seeing several BNSF trains on the way to Wasco where we stopped at the Amtrak station.

The Wasco platform.

Amtrak 703 came into Wasco and then left. We went north on CA 43 hitting the rain just after Corcoran. The rain was the reason we left Thursday afternoon instead of Friday morning as a cold storm was coming in which we were now in and it would close the Grapevine which we had crossed earlier today. We went to the Super 8 motel in Hanford for the night.

3/8/2013 We woke up to a wet morning and would have rain most of the morning. The Grapevine was closed so I would say we made a great choice by leaving yesterday. We all met and headed over to the Santa Fe Hanford Station.

The Santa Fe Hanford Station.

BNSF 4946 West came through a rainy Hanford. From here we had breakfast at MacDonald's where I had Hot Cakes and sausage. After that we went Wig Wag hunting in Hanford.

We found this one on Redington Street on the San Joaquin Valley Railroad line. Then we went east to Brown Street.

The Brown Street Wig Wag. From here we went west to Lemoore where our next station to take pictures of it is located.

The station in Lemoore is the Southern Pacific Strathmore station that was moved here and restored. From here we went east to Visalia and made our next stop there.

The Southern Pacific Visalia Station is a restaurant that we have eaten at on two Winterail Trips in the past. From here we drove north to Orange Cove to our next station.

The Orange Cove Santa Fe Station is City Hall in Orange Cove. From here we headed west over to Reedley for our next stop of the trip.

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