Announcing: Hamtrak 2022


Gerry - WA6E
 

The subject of trains often comes up for discussion on the repeater.  There seem to be a number of train aficionados (don’t call them “foamers”) in our midst as those train discussions attract numerous and protracted stories of memorable trips and other train trivia.  One item mentioned frequently is the train trip from Sacramento to Reno.  It travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States if not the world.  The most common comments about that trip:  “That’s on my bucket list” or “I want to do that someday.”  And it remains on the bucket list forever or until the day you decide to just DO IT!  Well that day is near.

Your Club, as part of it’s undeclared and previously unknown “Let’s do things together” program, has decided to sponsor just such a trip.  We are calling it “Hamtrak 2022.” (Thanks to Josh, KK6VHH for coming up with the name)  Here are the details.

16 March 2022 - Wednesday – Sacramento to Reno

17 March 2022 – Thursday - Reno to Sacramento

Why those dates?  Many reasons.  First, we wanted to do this while there was still snow on the ground and March usually qualifies for this.  Second, because it is mid-week the hotel rooms in Reno are cheaper.  Third, it may be easier to get seats on the train in mid-week.  And fourth it is the week after our Club meeting so we will have time to make plans.

We will be riding to Reno on the California Zephyr, Amtrak train #6 and back also on the California Zephyr, Amtrak train #5.  Amtrak #6 leaves Roseville at 11:35 am (if it is on time) and arrives Reno at 3:56 pm.   You can also catch the same train at Sacramento or Colfax (different times, of course).  Amtrak #5 leaves Reno at 8:36 am and arrives Roseville at 12:55 pm.  The westbound train starts in Chicago and is often late getting to Reno.

It’s up to you to buy your own tickets – it’s between you and Amtrak.  There are non-refundable tickets and refundable tickets - you decide which is best for you.  You also decide when you want to buy the tickets but our experience has been these trains often sell out to Reno so the earlier you buy your tickets the better.  If you use the Amtrak web site be sure to book the train to Reno and not accidentally book the bus.

As for the hotel there are three hotels that are connected together the closest of which is about 2 blocks from the train station.  The hotels are:  El Dorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus.  You decide which hotel you want and make your own reservations.

We can take our radios on the train.  The train seats are not reserved so we should be able to find seating near each other.  Gerry will bring his ClearNode.  As long as we can get wifi we’ll be able to check in to the W6EK repeater and regale those not on the trip of our minute-to-minute progress as they will undoubtedly be anxious to hear us talk about our trip all day long.

At the hotel we will have happy hour and dinner together (the Silver Legacy has a nice buffet).

The Club’s role in this trip is that of organizer not benefactor.  The responsibility to buy your tickets, make reservations and the like is all yours. 

Gerry, WA6E, will be the point of contact and trainmeister for this excursion.  You can direct questions to him.

So it’s a shared responsibility.  The Club initiated and coordinates the idea but you implement it.  If you want to come along go ahead and buy your tickets and make your reservations.   Not only is this a beautiful trip it will be a lot of fun shared with the other members of the Club. 

All aboard!


Lisa - KC6SLE
 

Good announcement Gerry and thank you for spearheading this outing. Lisa and I have stayed at the Silver Legacy before and were pleased. Of coarse the Silver Legacy, El Dorado and CC are all connected and essentially one complex these days. 

Another option use to be Harrahs but it is now closed and literally boarded up. 

If you were thinking of expanding opportunities for club members while in Reno there is also the National Automobile Museum just several blocks from the El Dorado. It is essentially what is left of the Harrahs’ Automobile Museum of days long past.

73s,

Greydon
KC6SLE


On Aug 15, 2021, at 8:59 AM, Gerry - WA6E <gjbrent@...> wrote:



The subject of trains often comes up for discussion on the repeater.  There seem to be a number of train aficionados (don’t call them “foamers”) in our midst as those train discussions attract numerous and protracted stories of memorable trips and other train trivia.  One item mentioned frequently is the train trip from Sacramento to Reno.  It travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States if not the world.  The most common comments about that trip:  “That’s on my bucket list” or “I want to do that someday.”  And it remains on the bucket list forever or until the day you decide to just DO IT!  Well that day is near.

Your Club, as part of it’s undeclared and previously unknown “Let’s do things together” program, has decided to sponsor just such a trip.  We are calling it “Hamtrak 2022.” (Thanks to Josh, KK6VHH for coming up with the name)  Here are the details.

16 March 2022 - Wednesday – Sacramento to Reno

17 March 2022 – Thursday - Reno to Sacramento

Why those dates?  Many reasons.  First, we wanted to do this while there was still snow on the ground and March usually qualifies for this.  Second, because it is mid-week the hotel rooms in Reno are cheaper.  Third, it may be easier to get seats on the train in mid-week.  And fourth it is the week after our Club meeting so we will have time to make plans.

We will be riding to Reno on the California Zephyr, Amtrak train #6 and back also on the California Zephyr, Amtrak train #5.  Amtrak #6 leaves Roseville at 11:35 am (if it is on time) and arrives Reno at 3:56 pm.   You can also catch the same train at Sacramento or Colfax (different times, of course).  Amtrak #5 leaves Reno at 8:36 am and arrives Roseville at 12:55 pm.  The westbound train starts in Chicago and is often late getting to Reno.

It’s up to you to buy your own tickets – it’s between you and Amtrak.  There are non-refundable tickets and refundable tickets - you decide which is best for you.  You also decide when you want to buy the tickets but our experience has been these trains often sell out to Reno so the earlier you buy your tickets the better.  If you use the Amtrak web site be sure to book the train to Reno and not accidentally book the bus.

As for the hotel there are three hotels that are connected together the closest of which is about 2 blocks from the train station.  The hotels are:  El Dorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus.  You decide which hotel you want and make your own reservations.

We can take our radios on the train.  The train seats are not reserved so we should be able to find seating near each other.  Gerry will bring his ClearNode.  As long as we can get wifi we’ll be able to check in to the W6EK repeater and regale those not on the trip of our minute-to-minute progress as they will undoubtedly be anxious to hear us talk about our trip all day long.

At the hotel we will have happy hour and dinner together (the Silver Legacy has a nice buffet).

The Club’s role in this trip is that of organizer not benefactor.  The responsibility to buy your tickets, make reservations and the like is all yours. 

Gerry, WA6E, will be the point of contact and trainmeister for this excursion.  You can direct questions to him.

So it’s a shared responsibility.  The Club initiated and coordinates the idea but you implement it.  If you want to come along go ahead and buy your tickets and make your reservations.   Not only is this a beautiful trip it will be a lot of fun shared with the other members of the Club. 

All aboard!


Mark - W2MWK
 

Might be a little too early to book rooms, at least for the Eldorado, the website will not let you book a room. I talked to abCaesar booking rep and he said the software only allows bookings out through Dec 2021.

But I have the train tickets booked! This sounds like a lot of fun. I love riding trains.

Mark
W2MWK

On Aug 15, 2021, at 8:59 AM, Gerry - WA6E <gjbrent@...> wrote:



The subject of trains often comes up for discussion on the repeater.  There seem to be a number of train aficionados (don’t call them “foamers”) in our midst as those train discussions attract numerous and protracted stories of memorable trips and other train trivia.  One item mentioned frequently is the train trip from Sacramento to Reno.  It travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States if not the world.  The most common comments about that trip:  “That’s on my bucket list” or “I want to do that someday.”  And it remains on the bucket list forever or until the day you decide to just DO IT!  Well that day is near.

Your Club, as part of it’s undeclared and previously unknown “Let’s do things together” program, has decided to sponsor just such a trip.  We are calling it “Hamtrak 2022.” (Thanks to Josh, KK6VHH for coming up with the name)  Here are the details.

16 March 2022 - Wednesday – Sacramento to Reno

17 March 2022 – Thursday - Reno to Sacramento

Why those dates?  Many reasons.  First, we wanted to do this while there was still snow on the ground and March usually qualifies for this.  Second, because it is mid-week the hotel rooms in Reno are cheaper.  Third, it may be easier to get seats on the train in mid-week.  And fourth it is the week after our Club meeting so we will have time to make plans.

We will be riding to Reno on the California Zephyr, Amtrak train #6 and back also on the California Zephyr, Amtrak train #5.  Amtrak #6 leaves Roseville at 11:35 am (if it is on time) and arrives Reno at 3:56 pm.   You can also catch the same train at Sacramento or Colfax (different times, of course).  Amtrak #5 leaves Reno at 8:36 am and arrives Roseville at 12:55 pm.  The westbound train starts in Chicago and is often late getting to Reno.

It’s up to you to buy your own tickets – it’s between you and Amtrak.  There are non-refundable tickets and refundable tickets - you decide which is best for you.  You also decide when you want to buy the tickets but our experience has been these trains often sell out to Reno so the earlier you buy your tickets the better.  If you use the Amtrak web site be sure to book the train to Reno and not accidentally book the bus.

As for the hotel there are three hotels that are connected together the closest of which is about 2 blocks from the train station.  The hotels are:  El Dorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus.  You decide which hotel you want and make your own reservations.

We can take our radios on the train.  The train seats are not reserved so we should be able to find seating near each other.  Gerry will bring his ClearNode.  As long as we can get wifi we’ll be able to check in to the W6EK repeater and regale those not on the trip of our minute-to-minute progress as they will undoubtedly be anxious to hear us talk about our trip all day long.

At the hotel we will have happy hour and dinner together (the Silver Legacy has a nice buffet).

The Club’s role in this trip is that of organizer not benefactor.  The responsibility to buy your tickets, make reservations and the like is all yours. 

Gerry, WA6E, will be the point of contact and trainmeister for this excursion.  You can direct questions to him.

So it’s a shared responsibility.  The Club initiated and coordinates the idea but you implement it.  If you want to come along go ahead and buy your tickets and make your reservations.   Not only is this a beautiful trip it will be a lot of fun shared with the other members of the Club. 

All aboard!


Devon, KM6MDG
 

Excellent, I'm so excited that we are doing this. Thank you for announcing this, Gerry.

I presume that there will subsequently be a document, etc. released to keep track of who is going?

-- 73, Devon, KM6MDG


Skip - K6DGW <k6dgw@...>
 

We've done that trip several times with friends. One trip [in Mar] included exactly zero snow, even at Norden. A couple of notes:

1. The UP road freqs were 161.550 and 161.320, they may still be. AMTRAK changes their frequencies randomly [or so it seems] on the third Thursday after each full moon.

2. We generally went east on Fri and came home on Sun ... some folks had a personal relationship with certain slot machines and needed a day to renew the friendship.

3. We usually had a pool for when the train would actually arrive. For the eastbound trip, I picked Sat. :=)

4. There was no sheltered waiting area in Colfax [may be now] however the bar across main street provided a suitable substitute since I had my HT and could determine when the train was near. Leaving from Sacto was a lot better, and you get to see the territory you live in from the rail perspective.

5. The Auto museum is on the corner of Lake and Mill, a couple of blocks from the train station just across the river. It's also the home of the Nevada Challenger Learning Center.

6. The train tracks have been "trenched" thru downtown Reno, the waiting room is one floor below ground level. Seating can be a little limited.

7. One never knows when the westbound will show up in Reno. On our last trip, it was delayed nearly a day by an avalanche in CO

8. It's hard to predict the pandemic situation 6 months from now, but the casinos, hotels, and restaurants were shut down earlier this year. They're sort of open now, not sure about the buffets, masks required. On the positive side, the casinos were offering curbside service ... just pull up, roll down the window, and hand over your money. Quick and easy, and they'd have gotten it anyway, about as fast.

9. The SNARS repeater on Peavine is 147.210 PL 100.0 It's linked with Mt. Rose, Virginia Peak, and several others

OK, that's 9 notes, not 2

73,
Fred K6DGW
Sparks NV


Mike - K6YMM
 

I booked this afternoon for my wife and I.  I had trouble with the Amtrak site booking reservations.  After entering credit card info and clicking on purchase, the site went blank.  Twice.  I finally found a number and called in to complete the purchase with a live person as well as verify that I hadn't already purchased multiple tickets.  They offer a discount for seniors which I forgot to mention when calling.  They also offer military and other discounts.  Check the web site. 

I had trouble finding this notice in Groups.io.  I'm not a regular user.  I had to dig through my email to find the original notice.  I searched the W6EK.ORG web site and couldn't find anything there either.  A couple of words on the web site might help others.
Thanks,
Mike K6YMM


Gerry - WA6E
 

Thanks, Mike.  We'll try to get word out again.  Because it is so far ahead it doesn't seem that important.  But my fear is that the train will sell out (which it often does) and if you wait you might not get a seat.

Looking forward.  This will be fun.

Gerry
WA6E

On 8/24/2021 7:46 PM, Mike - K6YMM wrote:
I booked this afternoon for my wife and I.  I had trouble with the Amtrak site booking reservations.  After entering credit card info and clicking on purchase, the site went blank.  Twice.  I finally found a number and called in to complete the purchase with a live person as well as verify that I hadn't already purchased multiple tickets.  They offer a discount for seniors which I forgot to mention when calling.  They also offer military and other discounts.  Check the web site.

I had trouble finding this notice in Groups.io.  I'm not a regular user.  I had to dig through my email to find the original notice. I searched the W6EK.ORG web site and couldn't find anything there either.  A couple of words on the web site might help others.
Thanks,
Mike K6YMM


Jim - KD7G
 

We're now 'in the window' for Ham March madness week! HamTrak 2022 AND Loomis HamFest!!!

Probably a good time to do a fresh post about HamTrak ;-)

~Jim
AA7HR


Gerry - WA6E
 

That's a good point, Jim.  Thanks for the reminder.

Gerry

On 1/13/2022 7:02 AM, Jim - AA7HR wrote:
We're now 'in the window' for Ham March madness week! HamTrak 2022 AND Loomis HamFest!!!

Probably a good time to do a fresh post about HamTrak ;-)

~Jim
AA7HR