Ep.11 – US Railway Travelogue

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 Amtraktrains.  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.

16 1 Amtrak Western Routes
Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
16 2 California Zephyr Poster by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
14 3 CZ Detour Route by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Map showing diversion route (purple line) of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
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Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Public Area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
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In a public area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Public Area in the Duke Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The Drake Hotel shopping area, ready for Halloween. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Entrance to Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Inside Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Inside Chicago Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
11 14 Amtrak_NPCU_and_heritage_unit_at_Chicago_Union_Station,_September_2014 by Dan Gaken CC BY 2 0
On the Platform at Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Dan GakenCC BY 2.0.
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Exiting Union Station. Five minutes outside, by the yard. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Exiting Union Station. Amtrak stock waiting outside the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The ‘stunning’ scenery, railside, as we leave Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Cicero Station on a Metra commuter service route. The station is 7 miles from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Traffic having to wait for the train to pass…. in the suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The Chicago Suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
11 24 Aurora_Station_-_September_2016 by Adam Moss CC BY-SA 2 0
Tracks and platform at Aurora Station, Illinois. Credit: Adam MossCC BY-SA 2.0.
11 25 California_Zephyr_at_Aurora,_1967 David Wilson CC BY 2 0
California Zephyr at Aurora Station in 1967. Credit: David WilsonCC BY 2.0.
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40 Miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Suburban golf course, Chicago style. Credit: Tim Davies.
11 30 Golf at BKK Kantaratba
Golf Course, Bankok Airport style. Credit: Unattributed, in Public Domain.
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Semi-rural setting – almost in the country! Credit: Tim Davies.
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Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Car Dealerships, Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
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More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Yet more big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
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More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Princeton, Illinois Railway Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
11 40 Princeton Station by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Princeton Station. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
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Track maintenance work, west of Princeton. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
11 44 Kewanee Station by Amtrak
The modern station at Kewanee – not a stop for the California Zephyr. Credit: image courtesy of Amtrak.
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Galesburg, Illinois station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Historic stock forming part of the exhibition at Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
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More from Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Crossing the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Nearing Burlington – large area of sidings. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Another view of the Mississippi, across the railway sidings approaching Burlington Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
11 52 Burlington_Station_2014 by Adam Moss CC BY SA 2 0
Burlington Station. Credit: Adam MossCC BY-SA 2.0.
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The picturesque vista of downtown Burlington. Credit: Tim Davies.
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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);

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