Ep.12 – US Railway Travelogue

Episode 12 is the second 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 finds hims continuing from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Denver Union Station, Colorado, before the train continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.

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 of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.

We follow the journey taken by Tim through this episode with images of some of the points on the route, and some photos taken by Tim himself below on the Sound Vault website.

12 01 Mount Pleasant Station by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
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Members of the local Amish community at Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The setting sun….. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Ottumwa – home to the company clerk from M*A*S*H, Radar O’Reilly. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 05 Ottumwa by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Ottumwa. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
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Ottumwa Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 07 Osceola Station 2 by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 08 Osceola Station by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 09 Osceola Water Tower by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0.jpg
Osceola Water Tower. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
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The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 12 Amtrak_Creston by Augiejv CC BY-SA 3 0
Creston Station. Credit: AugiejvCC-BY-SA-3.0.
12 13 Creston Station by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Creston Station. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 14 Trains at Creston by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Trains at Creston Station. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 15 Stanton_Coffee_Pot by Jared Winkler CC BY-SA 4 0
Stanton Coffee Pot. Credit: Jared WinklerCC-BY-SA-4.0.
12 16 Fishermen_on_the_Missouri_River_in_Council_Bluffs Decumanus CC-BY-SA-3 0
Fishermen on the Missouri River in Council Bluffs. Credit: DecumanusCC-BY-SA-3.0.
12 17 Omaha by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Omaha. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 18 Amtrak_Omaha_Station by Augiejv CC BY-SA 3 0
Omaha Station. Credit: AugiejvCC-BY-SA-3.0.
12 19 Lincoln,_Nebraska_Amtrak_station_from_NE_1 by Ammodramus CC0
Lincoln, Nebraska Station. Credit: AmmodramusCC0.
12 20 Hastings_Amtrak_station by samswitzer CC BY 2 0
Hastings Station. Credit: samswitzerCC-BY-2.0.
12 21 Holdredge Ironhorse_Station_center by Ammodramus Public domain
Holderedge Ironhorse Station. Credit: Ammodramus, Public Domain.
12 22 McCook,_Nebraska_RR_station_from_SE by Ammodramus CC0
McCook Station, Nebraska. Credit: AmmodramusCC0.
12 23Fort Morgan Station by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Fort Morgan Station. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 24 Cattle at Fort Morgan by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Cattle at Fort Morgan. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 25 CZ at Keenesburg by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
California Zephyr at Keenesburg. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
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Nearing Commerce City in the morning. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 27 Commerce City by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Commerce City. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 28 Commerce City near Denver by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Commerce City, near Denver. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
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Denver outskirts. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 30 Denver by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Denver. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
12 31 Run in to Denver station.jpg
Run in to Denver Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 32 Denver_union_station by Darkshark0159 at English Wikipedia Public domain
Denver Union Station. Credit: Darkshark0159, Public Domain.
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Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Without whom we would not be here….. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 39 Overland route from timetables org and copyright Amtrak
Overland route from timetable. Copyright. Amtrak.
12 40 The_Overland_Route_1908_Map in the Public Domain
The Overland Route in 1908. Public Domain.
12 41 Denver Stockyards by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Denver Stockyards. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.
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Sleepers everywhere. Credit: Tim Davies.
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More sleepers, all wood. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
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More picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
12 52 Suncor, Denver on the diversion by Loco Steve CC B 2 0
Suncor, Denver. On the diversion. Credit: Loco SteveCC-BY-2.0.

We leave these outskirts of Denver behind, as we head for Salt Lake City, and the next instalment of US Railway Travelogue in Episode 13 – coming soon.

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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