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To the El Dorado & Western Railroad Trip 11/11/2016

by Chris Guenzler

I had set up a trip to ride the El Dorado & Western Railroad on October 30, 2016 with Chris Parker coming along. I received an e-mail from them to call Saturday morning, the day before the trip because there was a 100% chance of rain scheduled for that Sunday. With us having to leave Saturday morning I called and was told that they would not run and were looking at a Saturday two weeks later. I checked their web site a week later then called and the rescheduled trip would be run on November 12, 2016. I was told to just bring our letter for the other trip. I called Chris and he would meet me at the Denny's parking lot across from LAUPT the Friday morning before the trip at 5:45 AM.

Heading North 11/11/2016

I woke up at 4:00 AM and was on the road by 4:45 AM up Interstate 5 north US 101 and pulled into the Denny's lot by 5:20 AM. Chris showed up at 5:45 AM and after we loaded the car we drove straight north to Tulare where we made a stop at an UPS Store so Chris could get his worker's checks to them by noon tomorrow. From here it was straight to Kingsburg and our first official stop of the morning at the restored Southern Pacific Kingsburg Station.

The newly restored Southern Pacific Kingsburg Station.

Union Pacific 3606 West came through Kingsburg and by the station. From here we drove to Fresno to Paralell Avenue for a pair of Amtrak trains.

Amtrak San Joaquin train 701 headed next for Fresno and later Oakland.

Amtrak San Joaquin train 702 headed next for Hanford and later Bakersfield. We returned to CA Highway 99 and went though Madera before I had to pull off for a minute.

Union Pacific 7869 north of Notarb siding. From here we took Road 22 over to the BNSF mainline.

San Joaquin train 710 for Bakersfield at White Rock Road.

BNSF 5216 East at Ipsen Road. From here we headed into Merced to pick up a new San Joaquin timetable. After that we crossed the tracks and saw a train coming our way.

BNSF 8255 East at Merced. We had lunch at Carl's Junior before heading north on highway J7. We crossed the Merced River and crossed the tracks at El Capitan Way and waited.

San Joaquin train 712 for Bakersfield at El Capitan Way. Back north on J7 to where we saw a headlight coming so we stopped and crossed the tracks.

BNSF 6630 East at the Highline Canal. We continued north to Denair where I gassed up the car. We then proceeded north.

BNSF 7395 West DPU's on the Tuolumne River Bridge just outside Empire.

BNSF 7395 West at Empire. We drove to Escalon where we found our last train of the day.

BNSF 5345 West at West Escalon. We made our way to CA 99 then went east on Grantline Road to Bradshaw Road then got on US 50 to Zinfandel Road to the Red Roof Inn where we stayed the night. We ate at the Hooters next door then watched television the rest of that evening.