Sacramento Train Tour
January 2018

You missed a good one if you didn’t attend. Fun experience from start to finish. Nine different car clubs participated, with so many people that as we departed the Martinez station there was standing room only for awhile , so if you boarded in Martinez that was probably the worst part your trip. We had about 170 people and advised Amtrak in advance so that they could be prepared……NOT! Other than that it was great, relaxing and a chance to meet and talk cars with a vast variety of car collectors . Weather was excellent, boarding was easy, with most of us boarding at 7:55 AM in San Jose, a few in Hayward some in Oakland, a few more in Berkeley and the final large group boarded in Martinez. Return trip was less crowded as 40 or 50 people opted to take the later train for their return trip. So upon arriving in Sacramento a short walk from the depot later you’re in Old Town Sacramento, plenty of attractions, and places to eat. A bunch of us ended up at Joes Crab shack right near the Delta King riverboat, on the Sacramento river. Some went directly to the CA. State Railroad Museum first, then lunch. Beyond that we were all over the place, everywhere you looked. Normally the CA. Auto museum which is about 3/4mile away depends on people walking or finding their own transportation to that great car collection. We were treated to a shuttle service thanks to the museum director and a couple of the museum volunteer docents willing to transport us in their own personal vehicles. Time flew by as Karen and I wandered through the shops in Old Town and the next thing we knew it was 3:25, time to head to the station and board the train for the trip home. Boarding again went smooth as there was so many of us scattered throughout the train, the conductor never even asked some of us for our tickets. On the trip home with some encouragement I finally drug out the ukulele and we had a little sing along. Nice way to top off a fun day. We arrived in San Jose, end of the line, a little after 7 PM, a few minutes early, where everyone said their goodbyes and scattered. Those that came from the south as far as Salinas had a long drive to get home. My thanks to the event chairmen from the various clubs for their work and cooperation for without which the train trip would not have been so successful, so much fun.

Ed Archer


Photos provided by Tony Maciejowski, Mark Garcia & Ed Archer