01-08: Jack London Square Station, Oakland, California
09-14: Denver, Colorado
15-16: Los Angeles Union Station, California
The first time I had ever seen the American Orient Express was in Riverside,
California at the Orange Blossom Fair. I was near the Riverside Metrolink
station when this train came roaring through the station at high speed
being pulled by an Amtrak locomotive heading west for Los Angeles. I think
that was in the Spring of 1996.
The next time I saw the train was when I was in the station in Denver,
Colorado. That is when I took 6 of the above pictures. I saw the train
again later in the year in the Los Angeles Union Station when I was
taking a trip on the Flexliner during the Flexliner two-week tour of Southern
California. The last two photos were taken out the window of the Flexliner
as the Flexliner pulled out of Los Angeles Union Station.
I saw the American Orient Express again in a fenced siding
in the Los Angeles rail yard. There was a person in the fenced area with
the train which I took to either be a security guard or some staff member
of the American Orient Express company.
When I was in the Jack London Square Amtrak Station in Oakland, California
waiting for the southbound San Juaquin, I found the American Orient Express
again! This time it was blocking the way for me to get to my train and I
had to wait for it to pull out. It did give me the opportunity to take a
number of close-up photographs.