We were supposed to depart Portland at 2:15PM. We didn't
get going until 3:35PM. This was due to the UP lining up
the freight first and Amtrak last. It was explained to us
the track is owned by UP and Amtrak is powerless. Our
engines are the same we had coming up, 112 and 120 in the
We are on the sleeper car Tennessee room number 13 at the
bottom of the car. Coming up we were in room 6 on the top.
It is nice to get two different rooms. I like the fact that
we will not have as much traffic going back and forth. There
are not very many rooms in the bottom part of the sleeper
On the southbound train # 11 our attendant is Shirley. She
is really nice and talkative. What a contrast compared to
our northbound journey. She explains where everything is
located and services provided. I didn't receive that on the
way up. The defect detector calls out 56 axles on this
The southbound trip is peaceful and nice. I walked through
the train and noticed there are a lot of people on board.
This makes me happy to know that Amtrak is still being used
by a lot of passengers.
10:20 PM the conductor is called to the lounge car. I can
hear radio chatter about a naked passenger. I asked if they
needed assistance but the conductor told me it is under
control. Seems a drunk woman took her top off in one of the
coach cars. The rest of the night is uneventful.
For dinner I had the prime rib dinner. I am a hearty eater
but could barely finish mine. What a great dinner. I mean
to tell you it was wonderful. I am impressed with this.
I couldn't sleep the whole night. I was thinking about when
I would make my next Amtrak trip. I am hooked and I am
planning to take my wife Karen with me in July for our
vacation. I am going to treat her to a wonderful vacation.
Amtrak is the way to go. Especially with a sleeper.
We arrived into Oakland and the trip was over. Next trip
July. I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I did