Episode 3 of US Railway Travelogue finds Tim Davies taking the first part of the San Francisco to Portland leg of his trip on the first of the iconic Amtrak trains he is taking – ‘The Coast Starlight‘.
The episode begins with Tim at the bus stop in San Francisco’s financial district, where he waits to take the bus out to Emeryville Station where the train journey begins. It gives Tim a chance to set the scene on the journeys ahead, and in particular, ‘The Coast Starlight‘.
Some of the interior aspects of the train as described by Tim during the Travelogue:
Tim documents passing through Martinez, Davis Street, Sacremento, Chico, Redding and Dunsmuir stations during the night. While not awake, he takes care not to miss out marking of passing through them.
The following morning, a beautiful sunrise, and a sensational view of wooded hills was awaiting Tim when he awoke.
The train departed Klamath Falls around 8.15am. The town was established in 1867, the station built in 1916.
Soon after, Tim strikes up a conversation with a fellow traveller, hoping it might be someone local who can tell him something about the USA today, only to discover it is a fellow rail enthusiast doing a ten day tour – from Basingstoke in Hampshire in the UK – not far down the road from Tim’s hometown of Wrecclesham.
Part two of this leg of the trip will follow next week in Episode 4 of the US Railway Travelogue.
Tim Davies would like to thank Amtrak with their assistance in making this podcast series possible.
Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);