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Final Winterail Trip to Stockton Part 4 The Loose Caboose Boat Trip 3/15/2015



by Chris Guenzler

We parked at the Glen Cove Marina and were met by Harry Ladd, a friend and member of the Orange County Railway Historical Society and he pointed us in the right direction towards the Loose Caboose Boat. Here I met friend Bob Riske who took us towards the boat.





On the way to the boat I got my first look at the Loose Caboose Boat and I was already impressed by it. We walked down to the boat.





The Loose Caboose Boat. As we boarded the Loose Caboose Boat we were met by Capitan Larry who said sit any place you want. We chose chairs out on the front deck of the boat.





Me on the Loose Caboose Boat.





Robin on the Loose Caboose Boat.





Chris and Robin on the Loose Caboose Boat.





A westbound Union Pacific freight went west towards Oakland as we waited for the rest of the passengers to arrive for our cruise today. We were joined by a former Southern Pacific conductor John Kuehl and his wife and Kit Courter of Winterail presenter fame. John Kuehl worked for the Southern Pacific for 50 years.





We left the dock by backing out.





We headed west down the marina channel.





Then went south to exit the Marina to get out into the Carquinez Strait. That is C&H Sugar across the strait.





C&H Sugar across the strait.





Looking west towards the Interstate 80 bridges.





Looking east up the Carquinez Strait.





The C&H Sugar Factory at Crockett.





The Interstate 80 dual bridges over the Carquinez Strait.





A sailboat out on a great day on the water.





Two views of the Golden Bear.





Captain Larry Fredeen also known as Conductor Larry on Lets Talk Trains.





Mare Island ahead of the boat.





Sailboat with Vallejo behind it on the shore.





The CAL P mainline runs along the southern shore of the Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay.





The Interstate 80 duel bridges over the Carquinez Strait.





An oil tanker out in San Pablo Bay.





Sailboat out on the water today.





We turned north to head up the Napa River.





The south end of Mare Island.





A look back up the Carquinez Strait.





Homes along the Napa River.





Views looking up the Napa River.





The old General Mills Plant in Vallejo.







Views along the Mare Island Navy Base.





View of Vallejo.









Views along the Mare Island Navy Base.







The Montford Point, a boat I have seen from the train on my Metrolink and Pacific Surfliner trips across Camp Pendleton back home.





Views along the Mare Island Navy Base.





We started seeing the Mare Island Lift Bridge, a highway and railroad affair.





Views along the Mare Island Navy Base. Now we will watch the Mare Island Lift Bridge open for our passage through it.







The lift bridge opens for our passage through it.





Railroad tracks are in the middle of the Mare Island Lift Bridge.





The CA Highway 37 Bridge.





Views on the Napa River before we turned around to head back south down the river back to the Carquinez Strait.





We went back through the Mare Island Lift Bridge.





Mare Island Navy Base.





Vallejo to San Francisco Ferries wait for Monday morning.





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Views along the Mare Island Navy Base.





Vallejo across the channel.





San Francisco Ferry The Vallejo which is one of the fleet of San Francisco to Vallejo Ferries.







Soon we returned to the Carquinez Strait.



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