2010 Santa Barbara Vino Train

Departing Los Angeles Page Three

We Be Moving And Heading North To Santa Barbara (Page Three)

Bill Hatrick (and his wonderful bride Debbie) are our hosts today!

Did You Know? - The conductor is the railway employee charged with the management of a freight, passenger, or various other types of train, and is also the direct supervisor of the train's "Train Crew" (brakeman, flagman, ticket collector, assistant conductor, on board service personnel). All train crew members on board the train work under his or her direction. The Conductor and Engineer, who is in charge of the locomotive(s) and any additional members of the "Engine Crew" (fireman, pilot engineer) share responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the train and for the proper application of the railways' rules and procedures. On some railroads, Conductors are required to progress to the position of Engineer as part of union contractual agreements.

Conductors usually have the following responsibilities:

  • Jointly coordinating with the engineer and dispatcher the train's movement authority, and verifying this authority is not exceeded.
  • Communicating and coordinating with other parties concerned with the operation of the train: yardmasters, trainmasters, dispatchers, on board service personnel, etc.
  • Being alert to wayside signals, position of switches, and other conditions affecting the safe movement of the train.
  • Mechanical inspection of the rolling stock.
  • Assisting the Engineer in testing the air brakes on the train.
  • Signalling the Engineer when to start moving and when and where to stop.
  • Keeping a record or log of the journey.
  • Checking the tickets and collecting fares on passenger trains.
  • Attending to the needs of passengers.
  • On a freight train, keeping the record of the consignment notes and waybills.
  • Directing, coordinating, and usually manually performing, the shunting or switching the train needs to perform.

Zooming down the tracks!

Life is a blur... outside

Vicky is practicing to be good..... Won't last long!

Bunny and Monica have studied the maps!

Breakfast Is Served!

The train car was segmented into about five groups... Made the line manageable!

Quite a spread

Over the teeth and through the gums, lookout tonsils here it comes

They are trying to figure out what it is!
Partee time

Sue and Paul!

What diet???

Here's to ya!

Guy is checking for light leaks!  Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z

Meanshile Everybody Has Eaten In The First Class Lunge

In the Lounge Car

Greg and Laurie studying the maps

Wait... What are you two doig up here or...... are there two sets.... OMG!

Did You Know? - An omelette or omelet is a dish made from beaten eggs quickly cooked with butter or oil in a frying pan, sometimes folded around a filling such as cheese, vegetables, meat (often ham), or some combination of the above. To obtain a fluffy texture, whole eggs or sometimes egg whites only are beaten with a small amount of milk or cream, or even water, the idea being to have "bubbles" of water vapor trapped within the rapidly cooked egg. The bubbles are what make the omelette light and fluffy.


Conductor Bill made it all over the car visiting his guests

The "Lap Of Luxury!"

Mike and Margie DeLara are drawing straws to see who gets the next mamosa

Van Nuys... A 2 minute stop!

Did You Know? - Lot sales began at the new town of Van Nuys on February 22, 1911. The area is named after Isaac Van Nuys, who was of Dutch descent and participant in a ranching enterprise called the San Fernando Homestead Association, a group that purchased most of the southern San Fernando Valley (south of present-day Roscoe Blvd) in 1869 to grow grain and run sheep. Van Nuys split this huge acreage with his senior partner, Issac Lankershim, getting the east area (present-day Lankershim Blvd. crossed his section). Van Nuys also built the first wood frame house in the San Fernando Valley in 1872.

No Bob... Do NOT do that!


Did You Know? - Henry Oxnard, who operated a successful sugar beet factory with his three brothers (Benjamin, James, and Robert) in Chino, California, was enticed to build a $2 million factory on the plain inland from Port Hueneme. Shortly after the 1897 beet campaign, a new town emerged, now commemorated on the National Register of Historic Places as the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District.

Oxnard  is the 121st largest city in the United States, 21st largest city in California and largest city in Ventura County, California by way of population. It is located at the western edge of the fertile Oxnard Plain, and is an important agricultural center, with its distinction as the strawberry and lima bean capital of California. Founded in 1903, it is home to nearly 200,000 citizens (192,997) and is the largest city in the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura metropolitan area.

The city is home to two large U.S. Navy bases (Port Hueneme and NAS Point Mugu). The Port of Hueneme is the busiest commercial port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Oxnard is also a major transportation hub in Southern California, with Amtrak, Union Pacific, Metrolink, Greyhound, and Intercalifornia stopping in Oxnard. Oxnard also has a regional airport called Oxnard Airport (OXR). ~Wikipedia

Sue and Robin

Ocean view

Someone yelled "Nude Beach" and the whole train jumped up

Did You Know? - A nude beach (British English: naturist or nudist beach) is a beach where users are legally at liberty to be nude. Sometimes the terms clothing-optional beach or free beach are used. Nude bathing is one of the most common forms of nudity in public. As beaches are usually on public lands, any member of the public is entitled to use the facilities without membership of any movement or subscription to any philosophy.

"The wine is just for looks... I'm not drinking it!"

Fearless leader stretches his legs

Del is convinced they are growing white plastic bags

The owner of the Silver Splendor gives us the run down


Did You Know? - Carpinteria is a small oceanside city located in the southeastern extremity of Santa Barbara County, California, east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura. The population was 14,194 at the 2000 census.

The Spanish named the area "Carpinteria" because the Chumash tribe, which lived in the area, had a large seagoing canoe-building enterprise, or "carpentry shop" there; this was due to the availability of naturally-occurring surface tar which was used to seal the canoes. You can still see the tar oozing out of the tar pit at selected sites, such as Tar Pits Park on the campground beach of Carpinteria State Beach .