Since childhood I have always been a railfan. During high-school and
college I had other priorities but I would always stop to watch a train if
the situation presented itself rather than go hang out by the tracks like
in my early days of railfaning. I'm working full time and have the
finances to make my dream come true, so I did. From April 2-10, 1996, I
traveled over 6,700 rail miles from Santa Barbara to Washington DC and
back. This is a report of that trip which describes my impressions and
activities during that trip. Enjoy!
April 02, 1996
Depart Santa Barbara on San Diegan train #786 at 6:15pm.
Arrive LA at 8:30pm,
transfer to Sunset Limited (train #2) and depart at 10:30pm.
April 05, 1996
Arrive Jacksonville, FL 2:05pm.
Depart on Silver Star (train #92) at 10:35pm.
April 06, 1996
Arrive Raleigh, NC at 7:36am.
Depart Raleigh, NC at 11:55am on The Carolinian (train #80).
Arrive Washington DC at 1:30pm.
Spend night in Vienna, VA with sister-in-law & her family.
April 07, 1996
Depart Washington DC at 4:05pm on Amtrak's Capitol Limited (train #29).
April 08. 1996
Arrive Chicago, IL at 9am.
Depart Chicago on The Desert Wind at 3pm for Los Angeles (train #35).
April 10, 1996
Arrive Los Angeles at 3:10pm.
Depart on The San Diegan to Santa Barbara at 3:13pm. (train #779)
Note: If Desert wind is late, take 5:30pm San Diegan to Santa Barbara,
arriving at 8:40pm (train #781).
Due to the length of this trip report, I have divided it up into
four parts plus a photo gallery. All aboard!
Travel Map--Follow the pink highlighter line to view my route taken