Amtrak Cross Country

Part 1 Observation car, Views from our roomette,
Sierras near Truckee, Train curves along Truckee River,
Winnemucca sunset, Dramatic rock in Utah badlands
Part 2 Continue Utah and dramatic rock formations,
Glenwood Hot Springs resort in Colorado Rockies,
Beginning of beautiful Colorado River and Valley.
Part 3 Scenic Colorado River Valley, Rafters,
Broad colorful valley into Fraser-Winter Park,
Farms and rolling hills in Iowa.

Sacramento to Chicago on Amtrak
The California Zephr, Part 3 of 3

Scenic Colorado River Valley, Rafters,
Broad colorful valley into Fraser-Winter Park,
Farms and rolling hills in Iowa.
April 9-11, 2012

Posted June 19, 2012,  2012 Herbert E. Lindberg

As observed near the bottom of the previous page, we are now past Glenwood Springs but not quite to Granby, CO, still in the Western Third map below.  Please open the large Western Third map in a separate tab to see where the pictures on this page were taken (click on its thumbnail below).  The times in the figure captions give a rough indication of distance traveled and approximate locations.
 

Western Third

Middle Third

Eastern Third

East Coast (full-size is right reading)


The front of our train as we round a bend, Tuesday, April 10, 2:52 pm MT.

 

Same picture, total view, 2:52 pm MT, approaching Granby and Fraser-Winter Park


Beautiful Colorado River valley, 2:54 pm MT.


More rafters resting, 2:55 pm MT.


Zoomed view, 2:55 pm MT.


Rugged river valley, 2:55 pm MT.


River now meanders through a wide valley, 2:58 pm MT


More beautiful as we approach the mountains, 3:00 pm MT.


Zoomed into the center of the above picture area, 3:00 pm MT.


Rapids as we get into the mountains, 3:15 pm MT.


Wednesday, April 11, 9:29 am CT (Central Time), approaching Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
We are now in the Middle Third map, which you can open to see our location.


Slightly different view seconds later, cropped to barnyard, Wednesday, April 11, 9:29 am CT.


I was surprised that Iowa was mostly rolling hills like this.  I had imagined it flat as Kansas.  9:47 am CT.


More farms dotted along the way as we crossed Iowa, 9:47 am CT, then Illinois as we approached Chicago to arrive at 2:50 pm.


Part 1 Observation car, Views from our roomette,
Sierras near Truckee, Train curves along Truckee River,
Winnemucca sunset, Dramatic rock in Utah badlands
Part 2 Continue Utah and dramatic rock formations,
Glenwood Hot Springs resort in Colorado Rockies,
Beginning of beautiful Colorado River and Valley.
Part 3 Scenic Colorado River Valley, Rafters,
Broad colorful valley into Fraser-Winter Park,
Farms and rolling hills in Iowa.

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