Local — Trains North and South


Sunset at the CalTrain station on California Ave. in Palo Alto, 2016

The first commuters arrive a little after 6 AM. The day passes and by sunset the station is nearly deserted — waiting for tomorrow. On a typical weekday, about 1500 passengers get on or off trains stopping here. There is more traffic at the main station, a mile up the tracks, where the bullet trains stop.

The bullet trains never stop at this station; they go through at high speed. The train engineers announce their arrival by blowing the loud air horn several times as they approach California Ave. I can hear them from my home East of the tracks near where the photo was taken. The commuter trains stop running at midnight; the train engineers go home, and it gets quiet in Palo Alto.


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