US Railway Travelogue – Episode 11: USRAIL011

Episode 11 is the first part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode sees him setting off from Chicago Union station, and ends up in Burlington, Iowa.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route (purple line) of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Public Area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
In a public area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Public Area in the Duke Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Drake Hotel shopping area, ready for Halloween. Credit: Tim Davies.
Entrance to Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Chicago Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
On the Platform at Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Dan Gaken, CC BY 2.0.
Exiting Union Station. Five minutes outside, by the yard. Credit: Tim Davies.
Exiting Union Station. Amtrak stock waiting outside the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The ‘stunning’ scenery, railside, as we leave Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cicero Station on a Metra commuter service route. The station is 7 miles from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Traffic having to wait for the train to pass…. in the suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Chicago Suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Tracks and platform at Aurora Station, Illinois. Credit: Adam Moss, CC BY-SA 2.0.
California Zephyr at Aurora Station in 1967. Credit: David Wilson, CC BY 2.0.
40 Miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Suburban golf course, Chicago style. Credit: Tim Davies.
Golf Course, Bankok Airport style. Credit: Unattributed, in Public Domain.
Semi-rural setting – almost in the country! Credit: Tim Davies.
Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Car Dealerships, Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Yet more big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Princeton, Illinois Railway Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Princeton Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Track maintenance work, west of Princeton. Credit: Tim Davies.
Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
The modern station at Kewanee – not a stop for the California Zephyr. Credit: image courtesy of Amtrak.
Galesburg, Illinois station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Historic stock forming part of the exhibition at Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
More from Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
Crossing the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
Nearing Burlington – large area of sidings. Credit: Tim Davies.
Another view of the Mississippi, across the railway sidings approaching Burlington Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Burlington Station. Credit: Adam Moss, CC BY-SA 2.0.
The picturesque vista of downtown Burlington. Credit: Tim Davies.
More picturesque vistas of downtown Burlington. Credit: Tm Davies.

Part two of the California Zephyr leg of the trip to come in the next episode of US Railway Travelogue.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);