And here we are in Napa!


A fine dinner aboard the Two Rivers! 

Sorry there haven’t been more posts since we arrived in Klamath Falls, but it has been quite the busy trip!

Sunday, September 29th we were up early and departed at 6:30 am. The dawn came as we headed south through Oregon into California. The high desert gave way to the pine forests as we headed down the Inside Gateway on the former Great Northern line. At Bieber, we crossed over onto the former Western Pacific. A stop at Keddie was made to pick up a new pilot crew for the trip down the Feather River Canyon.

The day was for the most part grey and overcast with occasional showers. The canyon did not disappoint as the scenery was spectacular and the river high in spots due to the hydroelectric dams. Departure from Oroville was with a new Amtrak crew and surprisingly on time.

Sacramento was our next stop for fueling and some passengers disembarking as well. Ahead was Fairfield-Susuin where the 28 car train and four locomotives was turned over to the pilots from the California Northern. By Midnight, we were safely parked here in Napa.

Our temporary home is a former Kaiser Steel facility that once made gas pipe. Along the Napa River, the weather has turned fine with temperatures topping out in the mid-Seventies.

Monday was a day to catch our collective breaths. Lots of little chores to catch up on all around. Fuel, water, ice and service of septic systems. It makes for a busy time.

Tuesday saw preparations for the first car party. 14 cars would see guests come to visit, including the Two Rivers. We we all ready, bright and shiny. This day also saw the first convention meetings of the Car Owners and Associate Members.

So… a busy time indeed! More to come tonight with the second car party for the other 14 cars. Today folks are out touring the wineries, riding the Napa Wine Train and exploring San Francisco. I’ll have more photos to share!

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