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Sunrise…

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 by calixton

…in the lounge car. I was running late this (Wednesday) morning. Consequently, I was treated to the sun rising over the marsh between Suisun and the Carquinez Strait (about midway through my commute). To celebrate, I ordered a sumptuous Capitol Corridor breakfast—coffee and a breakfast croissant—to accompany my discounted BART ticket. The plate in the […]

Early in the morning…

Monday, October 20th, 2008 by calixton

…stuck on the tracks. Such was the case last week when the track switches broke down outside of Suisun. Train traffic stacked up for about 40 minutes before our Capitol Corridor train arrived and our conductors got out to flip the switches by hand. As the congestion started to sort itself out, it took another […]

Here…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 by calixton

…versus there. I took a little longer to get out of the house this morning and reached the station after the sun had come up. Another bright, sunny, Central Valley morning. The train came, I boarded, we headed off for the Bay Area. About 40 minutes later, the train reached the Carquinez Strait—the edge of […]

Work…

Monday, October 6th, 2008 by calixton

…on Saturday. Once a year I have to work on a Saturday. That Saturday was this past weekend. Usually I drive from the Central Valley to the Bay Area, but this year I decided, “Why treat it differently from any other work day?” I took the Capitol Corridor and BART, same as usual. Slight hitch […]

Earlier morning…

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 by calixton

…off to work we go. I actually got out the front door on time this morning (prodded slightly by Miss T) and headed to the Davis station, in the dark, to board the Bay Area-bound Train 525, in the dark. Fortunately, at this time of year I arrived in the Bay Area after the sun […]

Early morning…

Monday, September 29th, 2008 by calixton

…running late. Had a leisurely start this morning. The sky was already turning light by the time I got to the station. Still, I’m barely awake. *yawn* It’s going to be a long day.

Under 680…

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 by calixton

…stopped at a bridge. The Capitol Corridor crosses the Carquinez Strait at a Union Pacific railroad drawbridge between Benicia and Martinez. Occasionally—say 1-in-10 trips—the bridge is raised to allow cargo ships (car carriers to and from Benicia and oil tankers for Pittsburg) to pass through. When the bridge is up, train traffic is held up […]

More dirty train windows…

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 by calixton

…on Amtrak Capitol Corridor 525. Every now and again in the morning I snap out of my Capitol Corridor-induced stupor and manage to look out one of our spotty train windows. And, in some of those few times that I’m squinting out at the landscape-cityscape-industrialfacilityscape, an interesting view flashes by. Interesting to me, anyway. The […]

BART called it…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 by calixton

…a “medical emergency.” The Mercury News called it a “body found on tracks.” Those of us trying to get to Richmond via BART to catch our Capitol Corridor connection called it “missing our train and catching the next one.” Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of cramming into an AC Transit bus with maybe 60 […]

Dirty train windows…

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 by calixton

…are the bane of train-based photography (like mine). I took this picture yesterday as my train was crossing the Carquinez Strait. There are a few challenges you run into when you’re trying to shoot photos on the train: reflections, glare, and dirt on train windows; constant rocking and vibration while the train is in motion; […]