Ep.14 – US Railway Travelogue

Episode 14 is the fourth 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 kicking off as the shadows are lengthening, and the train travels through some of the most wide open expanses Tim has seen yet.

One of the first stops he comes to in this episode is Rock SpringsWyoming,  through Salt Lake CityUtah, while the last is RenoNevada, before heading off again towards California through more rugged country.

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 Steve, CC 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 Steve, CC BY 2.0.

These are a selection of images captured from the train en route, and of some of the stops along the way in this episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.

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Middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Wyoming, middle of nowhere. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Early evening Wyoming, middle of nowhere, as the shadows began to lengthen. Credit: Tim Davies.
14 07 Rock Springs DowntownSign by Google CC BY SA 3 0
Rock Springs. Credit: RSprings123CC BY 3.0.
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Downtown Green River. Credit: MilonicaCC BY-SA 3.0.
14 09 CitadelRockGreenRiverWyoming1868 by Andrew J Russell Public domain
Citadel Rock, Green River, Wyoming. Credit: Andrew J. Russell. Public Domain.
14 09 Evanston Wy by Milonica CC BY SA 3 0
Evanston. Credit: MilonicaCC BY-SA 3.0.
14 10 Feeding the Zephyr at Salt Lake City by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Feeding the Zephyr at Salt Lake City. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
14 11 Salt Lake City stop by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Salt Lake City stop. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
14 12 Salt Lake City stop by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
Salt Lake City stop. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 2.0.
14 13 Elko_Amtrak_Station By Visitor7 CC BY-SA 3 0
Elko Amtrak Station. Credit: Visitor7CC BY-SA 3.0.
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A new day, new desolation – from Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
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A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
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A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
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A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Somewhere small on the way to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Elko to Winnemucca – are we approaching a junction? Credit: Tim Davies.
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Elko to Winnemucca – parallel tracks continue. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Nearing Winnemucca – and a scrapyard. Credit: Tim Davies.
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A beautiful morning in Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Stopped! Credit: Tim Davies.
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Taking in the Winnemucca air. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The train doesn’t fit the station! Credit: Tim Davies.
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This is not a place to get stranded! Credit: Tim Davies.
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Not a place to get stranded. Credit: Tim Davies.
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And then there was a lake! Credit: Tim Davies.
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And then, an oasis and a trailer park… Credit: Tim Davies.
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More mountains, more heat, and more blue sky. Credit: Tim Davies.
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There must be water, as cattle can survive. Credit: Tim Davies.
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The river, and some green. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Almost a city. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Lovelock, Nevada. Credit, Tim Davies.
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Ever westwards. Credit: Tim Davies.
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Is the white in this photo dried salt, or minerals? Credit: Tim Davies.
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Where did that cloud come from? Credit: Tim Davies.
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Approaching Reno. Credit: Tim Davies.
14 46 California Zephyr changing crews at Reno by Loco Steve CC BY 2 0
California Zephyr, changing crews at Reno. Credit: Loco SteveCC BY 3.0.
14 47 reno Station by Davemeistermoab CC BY SA 3 0
Reno Station. Credit: DavemeistermoabCC BY-SA 3.0.
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The journey continues with more rugged country – come back next episode for more! Credit: Tim Davies.

The journey continues on the California Zephyr next episode into more rugged country. All aboard!

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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