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Tesla 2,000-mile Road Trip from Orange County, California to Corvallis, Oregon for

Winterail 2022 and the TRAINS magazine/Santiam Photo Excursion on Albany & Eastern

March 16 - 22, 2022

Photos and report by Carl Morrison - and

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Our 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, Rear Wheel Drive                                    Santiam Excursion's 1924 Baldwin 2-6-2 steam engine No. 205                   

Table of Contents

I.  Tesla Travelogue  of 1,000 miles from Orange County, California, to Corvallis, Oregon, via I-57, I-210, and I-5.

II.  TRAINS magazine photo excursion on the newly restored 1924 Baldwin 2-6-2 No. 205 in Lebanon, Oregon

III.  Winterail 2022 in Corvallis, Oregon

IV.  Tesla Travelogue from Corvallis, Oregon, to home in Orange County, California.

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Tesla Travelogue of 1,000 miles from Orange County, California to Corvallis, Oregon, via I-57, I-210, and I-5.

Fellow members of our Train Travel Meetup group in Fullerton, California, told me about Winterail and the fact that in 2022 it would be 2 days to accommodate all the rail-related photo shows that could not take place during COVID.  Because I had about 600 miles of free charging at Tesla Superchargers, which would expire in April, I asked by railfan-buddy, Don Roe, if he would like to go on a road trip.  We have been taking Amtrak trips together for over 20 years, but this would be our first car trip.

I used A Better Route Planner to make plans to drive our Tesla 3 the 1,000 miles to Corvallis, Oregon.

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In addition to the map, above, ABRP creates a table with each charging stop and information about that stop.


 Occasionally we would take a side trip off I-5 and there were other Superchargers between those originally suggested so no reason for range anxiety.

Tesla's onboard computer will do the same type of trip plan.

Sample trip, above, to Woodland, CA (a few miles north of Sacramento).  I made the sample above at 5:40 pm, so disregard the times on the right. What is worth looking at under each suggested Supercharger is the % charge when you arrive, the charging time needed to get enough charge to get you to the next suggested Supercharger.


For those who ask, "How long do you have to charge at each stop?"  Note on this 500 mile trip charging times average 20 minutes per stop.  Since restrooms, coffee shops, and restaurants are always in walking distance from Superchargers, it took us old men that long or longer to take care of chores.  If, before leaving your car at a charger, you enter the next Supercharger's address, the Tesla app will tell you when charging is complete. 


I mentioned that if you deviated from the original route, there were plenty of Superchargers in between the original suggestions.  Above, look just at I-5 for this trip and note the gray/alternative chargers. 

However, I always used my iPhone to see how how many physical miles it was to the next suggested Supercharger then considered that 70% of the miles needed in this charge.  ( actual mileage divided by .7 ).  I had learned on previous trips that mileage range listed on the Tesla computer is between 70 and 84% of real mileage.  This gives me some extra miles in case I take some side trips or extra % at the end if I drive direct.

Good tips for charging at Superchargers on a trip.

March 16, 2022
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Our first charge was in downtown Pasadena, California.  Having never been to this charger, it is definitely a challenge to find.  You enter a parking garage...without any "Tesla Charger" signs.  You take a parking ticket to get in.  Once there which level does one go clue.  Finally we arrived on the top outside deck, and saw the chargers.  We plugged in and asked another Tesla owner where the Starbucks was (for restroom and coffee).  He told us where and that they validated the parking!  (To talk to and learn from other Tesla owners.) 

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Left photo, the view from the chargers and the elevator to level 1.  Above, street level and walk to Colorado Blvd. and Starbucks - validation, restrooms. and coffee..

Above, the view heading back to the chargers, take the elevator to second floor back to your car.

Using Autopilot (lane keeping and traffic aware cruise control) makes driving in the LA Area traffic a breeze, and safer than me at the controls.  We took I-210 north to I-5 over the grapevine and up the central valley.


On the Tesla owner website, I could see a listing of all the Supercharging locations and costs, reading from bottom up because most recent is at the top.  Remember I said that I had 1,000 free supercharging miles from our son using my referral number when he bought his Tesla, that is why most of our charges on the way north were free.  However from the printout above, you can see that we drove about 100 miles between charges.  Some photos from those Superchargers: 

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As you can see 83 miles north of Pasadena, we stopped and charged, bathroomed, and coffeed at a Starbucks which was 1/2 of a store on the same lot.  Plenty of options at this stop.

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Next charge, Kettleman City, California.  I had been here a couple or 3 times before.  This is the most extensive Supercharger to my knowledge.  40 superchargers some 250 W and some 120 W.  Complete with customer lounge, restrooms, waste baskets and winshield washing equipment and air hose for tire inflation.  I wish their other supercharger sat least had the tall sign so one could see where they were from a distance.

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Espresso bar at far end of the lounge, strange seating near restrooms, Pit Crew Don relaxing.

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Espresso prices, Tesla WiFi access, Shirts and hats for sale, Tesla coffee logo.

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During our stop here on the return trip, I noticed a Tesla service van with the serviceman working on a 250KW station.


Service like this, probably from Bakersfield, is what keeps Tesla Superchargers working.  Non-Tesla chargers do not have quick repair service and thus many are out of service when drivers need them.

One whole section was closed (above, left) perhaps being upgraded from 150kW to 250kW.  Fifty more chargers have been added across the street to the east (above right), called Bravo Station!  The attendant said that at one recent holiday, they had 95 Teslas charging in Kettleman City.  Those 50 were fenced off on this day.

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Kettleman City is the only Supercharger that I know of that has the amenities above - windshield washing stuff (for those Central California bugs), air pump, and waste basket for travel trash, and on the right, a dog relief fire hydrant.  Right above, one Tesla owner here had a license plate sticker, which he said was a California pilot program which could be found on the Internet by searching "California license plate sticker". 

South of the
I-5 exit for the bay area Tesla factory at Fremont, California, I counted 10 semi-truck loads of new Teslas southbound each carrying 8 or 9 Tesla 3s and Ys.  .

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Gustine, California was our next charge.  Look for the Andersen's windmill and the charging cabinets are behind it, next to the freeway.

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During charging, Lunch at Andersen's with their vintage place mats.  You might know of the older Andersen's in Buellton, California on Hwy. 101. Click the place mat photo for an enlarged version.

Idle Fees Warning.  The Gustine Tesla Supercharger is very busy, so keep an eye on your Tesla App for a warning that you have charged enough to make it to your next destination and that idle fees might apply.  You should move the charging limit on your phone's app to a higher number at this time or move your car away from the charger.  I did not raise my limit on our return trip when we stopped here and was given a  $4 idle fee.

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One I-5 exit from our evening's hotel, we stopped at the Woodland Supercharger to get a full charge for the next morning.  Seeing a Target store in the same lot, we walked over to pick up a few items and use their restroom. 

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The Days Inn in Woodland had a nice large room for us.  One comical feature, the TP was at least six feet from the stool.

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Next door was a Black Bear Diner.  They have a smaller-portion menu.  Right, the car's camera view of the hotel entrance.

March 17, 2022


Day 2, March 17, 2022, We left our hotel in Woodland and headed north up I-5 to Corvallis, Oregon, and out destination, Winterail 2022.

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Our first charging stop north of Woodland was Corning, California.  We had realized that many Tesla Superchargers have Starbucks nearby, as Corning does.  The photo above shows how close this Supercharger is from the chargers. 

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Don and I have been through Redding many times on the Amtrak Coast Starlight (schedule below) so we took a side trip, a few miles off I-5, to look at the station.

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The wrinkled schedule in the Amtrak Station window says that the northbound Amtrak Train No. 14 should depart about 3:14 pm and southbound No. 11 departs about 3:50 pm.

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As we passed Shasta Lake on I-5, we stopped at a rest stop and viewed into the nearly dry lake.

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Back on the road, traffic-aware-cruise and lane keeping (Autopilot) made taking a quick photo of Lake Shasta with both hands quite safe.

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We also stopped at Dunsmuir, another stop on the Amtrak Coast Starlight.  As we turned off I-5, we were on Historic 99 through downtown Dunsmuir.

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The station had a unique mural on it's wall, and the front of the station faced the tracks.

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Behind the mural of a locomotive turned out to be the Dunsmuir Museum.  We found the office closed.  But as in Redding the schedule was posted.  Southbound departs at 12:35 pm and Northbound at 5:04 pm.

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The most noticeable landmark here is the tank with the Southern Pacific Lines logo and 2 locomotives.

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At the north end of the yard, you are reminded by the UP equipment that you are in the mountains.

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Drove up town to main street.  The theater and bakery cafe were most vintage looking.

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One interesting neon sign at the Blue Sky Room and the best looking accommodations were Dunsmuir Inn & Suites.

Mt. Shasta looms very large along I-5.

Next charger, Mt. Shasta Supercharger.  Even though Puerto Vallarta Restaurant is not listed on the Tesla Website for Mt. Shasta, it is the closest and best place to eat and use their restroom.  Mt. Shasta is clearly visible through the leafless trees from the Supercharger.
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We waked a few steps to the Puerto Vallarta Restaurant.  It looked new with beautifully painted booths and chairs.  Restroom sink was unique as well.

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I downed my carnitas lunch and we walked back to our car and were on our way.

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I-5 north Hornbrook, California (iPhone photos also register the location).  "Steering wheel view", safe photography with AutoPilot.  I liked the mountains., white clouds and blue sky.

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I remember this barn from previous trips up I-5, but with Autopilot this time I could safely take a few photos as we passed.

We crossed the state line into Oregon, but no usual pull off spot for a photo, so I added one.

Last stop before our hotel in Corvallis was Springfield, Oregon next to the Holiday Inn where we used the restrooms and rested in their lounge during charge.  We took a 100% charge here knowing there was no supercharger in Corvallis.

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Best Western in Corvallis was an excellent hotel WITH 3 TESLA CHARGERS!  (Note the 3Kings Excavating truck that had ICEd the center Tesla Charger.)

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Plugged into Tesla charger at the Best Western:  Left photo above is what can be seen on the iPhone Tesla App, right is what is on the car's screen.  On the right, you can see that I moved the triangle near the back wheel of the image of the battery to 100% so I would only have to be plugged in one night, leaving the chargers open for others during our stay.

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March 18, 2022

TRAINS magazine photo excursion on the newly restored 1924 Baldwin 2-6-2 No. 205 in Lebanon, Oregon

For those readers who came here first to see my report on the Steam Engine No. 205, let me summarize Part 1 of this report. 

Part 1 Summary:  Don Roe and I drove my 2020 Tesla 3 for 1,032 miles from Orange County, California, to Corvallis, Oregon, using only Tesla Superchargers.    We split the trip in half staying in Woodland, California the first night.  Upon our entry at the Corvallis Best Western, we discovered that they had 3 Tesla chargers so we plugged in to get a full battery for the weekend.

Part II:  TRAINS Magazine photo excursion lead by the 1924 Baldwin 2-6-2 No. 205 in Lebanon, Oregon

The alarm rang on my iPhone and when I looked at it, it said the car alarm had gone off in my Tesla which was parked outside, connected to one of the 3 Tesla chargers.  I quickly went out to see if  damage had been done.  When I approached my car, before sunrise, I first noticed that the work truck that had been parked blocking charger 2 had left and there was a small piece of the hedge lying where he had been parked.  Seeing no damage to my car, I unplugged it and walked the long cord back to the charger to hang it up.  There I found that the cable had been pulled out of the charger on the wall!  It turned out that the cord had been across the truck's hitch and when he pulled out in the pre-dawn hour, it pulled out of the charger, rather than breaking the connection to my car!  All details had been taken care of at the front desk, so I left for Lebanon, Oregon, for the Steam Train Excursion.

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Broken Tesla charger cord at Best Western in Corvallis, Oregon

My Tesla route guide from Corvallis to Lebanon as the sun was rising.
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Steam train excursion depot - Where the Tesla report and the TrainWeb reports converge.

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Vintage building across the tracks from the platform of the Lebanon, Oregon, Train Station also called the Santiam Travel Station.


No. 205 arrives for the 41 attendees and 10 workers to board for the photo excursion sponsored by TRAINS magazine. 

Click photo above to watch my video of the train arriving (click the back arrow in your browser to return to this report).

Backup link to video:  The Baldwin No. 205 arrives.

Press Release about the Excursion:

LEBANON, Ore. — Santa Maria Valley No. 205, a recently restored 2-6-2 that had not steamed in 71 years, will make its photographer’s train debut in a Trains Magazine-sponsored event at the Albany & Eastern on March 18.

The locomotive and two coaches will make multiple photo runbys on the railroad’s scenic Sweet Home Branch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be included. The date is the Friday before Winterail, the annual multi-media photography and rail collectibles show in nearby Corvallis, Ore. After pandemic-related postponements, Winterail is resuming for the first time in two years as a two-day event in 2022. The excursion starts only 18 miles away from Corvallis.

No. 205 was built by Baldwin in 1924. Retired and placed on display in Santa Maria, Calif., in 1950, it was acquired in 1983 and restored by a private owner, George Lavacot. Earlier this year, it was moved to its new home at the Santiam Excursion Train, which operates on the Albany & Eastern Railroad in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Regular operations with the engine begin in early December.

“We’re delighted to offer Trains readers the chance to celebrate the return of this distinctive Prairie-type steam locomotive,” says Trains Editor Jim Wrinn. “They’ll get the first chance to see the engine on an enthusiast special, get great photos, and come home with great memories. And if they’re on the way to Winterail, the timing is great to include both No. 205 and the show.”

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Left, Martin Hansen who lead the tour.  With him is TRAINS Videographer, Kevin Gilliam.  Right above, photographers on the excursion.

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  Left, Claire Sheeby from Santa Maria who is familiar with No. 205.  Center, Elizabeth and Chris Guenzler.  Right ,Robin Bowers and Yours Truly - The 4 of us from the Fullerton Train Travel Meetup.

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Left, Martin introduced the engineer for our photo run bys.  Center, Rick Franklin, Owner Santiam Tours.  Right, Jacob Snodgrass, GM of 
Albany & Eastern.

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On the way to the first photo run by, I had time for one bite of a maple bar and coffee with my trusty sidekick DSLR Canon T6i and tripod case with tripod for my iphone for all videos in this report.
My tripod and iPhone with fake camera case is the closest tripod in the photo above,  this side of the photographer in the tan jacket.

We rode between  photo run by locations in the last car, GN 1099.  It's history from the Santium Excursion Train's website:

Passenger Car GN 1099

This passenger car was built in 1947 by the famous Pullman Co. It is one of eleven cars built as lot number 6812 and plan number 7485. Originally a 56 seat coach car with a 8 seat smoking section on one end. The car was built new for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad as CNW 841. It was sold to the Great Northern Railroad and renumbered GN 1099. It has been stored with AERC for many years until we purchased it from private hands. It is in the process of being turned into a dining car currently.

Our first photo run by at Russel Drive, south of Lebanon, Oregon.

Backup link to video:

Click photo above to watch my video of the train on the first photo run by.  Recorded vertically to include smoke and steam of the engine.
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While my iPhone on a tripod did the videoing by itself, I took several still shots with my Canon DSLR.

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There were ample opportunities to photograph the train at each photo run by.  I picked up a railroad spike as a souvenir.  I felt the tower and train would work best in black and white photo.

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We had the opportunity to shoot from both sides at this run by.  Photo lines formed with only first timers needing reminders.  Some shot professional video with sound (microphone shown in front).

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Cheadle Lake Park Runby of the No. 205

Click photo above to watch my video of the Cheadle Lake Park run by.
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Backup link to video of Cheadle Lake Park run by:

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At this run by, they demonstrated the dumping of ballast from the orange car.

Fairview Road Farm run by.

Click photo above to watch my video of the run by past a farm on Fairview Road.
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Backup link to Fairview Road farm run by:

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We were treated to a unique addition at this run by - cow pies.  The Angus from this farm, with its back property line our run by location on the Albany and Eastern, had gotten past the delapidated barbed wire fence and made some cow pie deposits where we were to find a place to photograph the run by.   I was able to step over all the pies when I returned to our coach and did not notice on the carpet of the coach if anyone had stepped in one.

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I show two images of our capable engineer to illustrate some of the hazards he encountered.  While this close to the locomotive, I photographed the boilerplate.

My favorite run by location:  Sweet Home, Oregon, photo run by between the Santiam Highway/No. 20 on the left and South Santiam River on the right.

Click photo above to watch my video of the run by at Sweet Home, Oregon, along the Santiam River.
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Backup link to Sweet Home photo run by:

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"One more run by please, with more steam."

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Sweet Home, Oregon, abandoned Willamette Lumber Products mill photo run by of Baldwin locomotive No. 205 3/18/2022.

Click photo above to watch my video of the run by at Sweet Home, Oregon, past an abandoned lumber mill.

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Backup link to Willamette Lumber Products mill photo runby:

I thought the 1924 vintage locomotive would look nice in black and white as it passed the water tower of the abandoned
Willamette Lumber Products mill in Sweet Home, Oregon.

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We spent the most time at this, the last photo run by, and therefore I have the most still photos.

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A fellow excursion participant had a drone and used it on this run by.
(If anyone knows where his photos are posted, please e-mail me at

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Abandoned Willamette Lumber Mill building and water tower.  We moved across the tracks as No. 205 revved up for more run bys.

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For me this photo excursion was all about smoke and steam.  I surely got my fill on this last set of run bys.


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A Thank You to TRAINS magazne and Santiam Excursion Trains for a wonderful day of photo run bys of newly restored No. 205!

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March 19 and 20, 2022

Part III:  Winterail 2022 in Corvallis, Oregon



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Railfan and Railroad magazine puts on a Friday night pizza party at the Winterail venue.  Steve Barry did not attend, but Assoc. and News Editor, Justin Franz (left) and Otto M Vandrak, Managing Editor, hosted the pizza party and several slide shows in the theater Friday evening.  They gave away current issues to the first 100 through the door on Saturday.

You can visit Railfan and Railroad  magazine at,

Corvallis High School has an excellent theater for Winterail.

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The sound and videos were professionally presented.  The first show was by
Justin Franz.

My friend, Chris Guenzler, gave a presentation as well.

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I enjoyed this presentation on SMART DMU commuter rail.

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Our only celebrity sighting was Ted Benson, who has a mutual friend with Don.  Ted had a booth of his books Saturday and Sunday.

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Annie and Vic Neves have hosted all the 44 Winterails.

Dick Dorn received the Hall of Fame Award

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(Above left, White Pass & Yukon No. 73 at Skagway, Alaska            Above right, Coaster on Del Mar Bluffs at Hwy. 101 bridge.

Photo contest awards were given.  My two entries - Coaster as revenue railroading and No. 73 as recreational railroading did not win.

Shows on Saturday ran from noon to 10 pm and included 2019 and 2020 shows that were not presented because of COVID.

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Saturday's Program of presentations

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Railroadiana vendors Saturday

Railroadiana vendors Saturday

Railroadiana vendors Sunday..decrease in vendor tables.


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These locomotive models were available in "The Train Room - Professional Model Finishing" booth manned by Heather Clark (541) 401-1548 (no email, no website).

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Ron Judd of Eugene had a nice booth.

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For lunch we went to a local Carls Jr. and I photographed a couple of murals in the restaurant.

Sunday was
slide shows from noon to 5 pm.

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Sunday's Programs
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March 21 and 22, 2022

Part IV:  Tesla Travelogue from Corvallis, Oregon, to home in Orange County, California.

We started our 1,000 mile, 2-day, journey back home in our Tesla 3 following I-5 through Oregon and California.  Having come north on the same route, we had some expectations about Tesla Superchargers and what amenities each held.

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A Better Route Planner's prediction for going home with the trip to Woodland, half way, listed on the left.  Pay no attention to the AM and PM times.

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ABRP also has the option to print a table, which you see above right. Because of side trips or headwinds or mountain driving or other factors, I plan each section independently in the car on the Tesla computer.  Putting in the next Tesla Supercharger permits the car to precondition the battery for faster charging at your destination. While at a supercharger, I calculate the actual miles to the next Supercharger and add 30% and charge to that number so I have more "in the tank" when I get there. . 

After getting home, I printed out my Tesla Supercharging costs, above, and will use it here to reference the stops I made in the report below.
Starting at the bottom with the first stop, Springfield, OR Supercharger where we took 10 kWh @ 28 cents/kWh for $2.80.  That's about 40 miles of range for $2.80.

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First stop heading home was at the Springfield, Oregon Tesla Superchargers next to the Holiday Inn Express where we used the restrooms and lounge during our charge.  Interesting setup of charger cabinets back to back without a pass through to get to the other half of the chargers.  You could pull out of this lot and into the next one then back your car in for those chargers.  In 2 times here, I never saw anyone charging on the other half of the chargers.

Next stop, Myrtle Creek, Oregon.  Many times when your Tesla navigation is telling you that you have arrived at the Superchargers it a game of hide and seek since there never are elevated signs like gas stations.  Can you see the Tesla chargers in the photo above?  They are the white cabinets directly under the highest hill.  We had stopped here on the way up, so we knew where they were hidden.
We took a good charge here and had coffee at the McDonalds, from where this photo was taken.  We charged 35 kWh @ 33 cents per kWh for $11.56.  That is about 140 miles of charge at 11.56.

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Because it was raining south of Corvallis, I didn't take any photos from behind the wheel.  I did notice that this log truck was carrying burned bark logs.  That means some trees were being harvested after forest fires. 

Tesla Autopilot prompts you, after 30 seconds of no contact with the steering wheel, to put pressure on the wheel.  I tend to relax after a few seconds of keeping pressure on the wheel, so I  decided to lay my hand on the wheel as above, right.  That eliminated the prompt, but this too got tiresome. 
I used Autopilot (traffic-aware-cruise and lane-keeping) nearly all of the Interstate and highway driving.

Our next charge was Medford, Oregon.  We charged (from the chart of charges above) 24 kWh@32 cents/kWh.  The photo on the right (which a click will enlarge) is what you can have on the Tesla navigation screen when you unpinch.  I wanted to see where the next Tesla Charger, shown in red, would be.

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In Oregon I saw, far off the highway, a sign that said "Weed Next Exit" in a typical freeway sign green.  It meant you could actually buy weed at the next exit.  I know it was a dual meaning reference to Weed, California, so I thought I might see such a sign for this report.  Using Autopilot for safety, I took a few photos as we passed through Weed, California on I-5, but none said "Weed Next Exit."  In the past, while driving in Indiana, there was an Interstate 65 sign that said, "California Fruits and Nuts Next Exit" and I wondered if I should exit!

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I-5 Scenery near Mt. Shasta, California, southbound 3:10 pm March 21, 2020 (iPhone photos keep this detailed information).
One good thing about a return trip along the same route is that you can stop at places you discovered on your way up, such as the Mt. Shasta Supercharger and a meal at Puerto Villarta Mexican Restaurant.

After plugging in at the Mt. Shasta 16-stall chargers, we walked a few steps to Puerto Vallarta for a repeat meal and restroom visit.  We charged for 24 kWh@37 cents/kWh or $11.10 for about 96 miles of range.

It is interesting that the closest place of business to the chargers is the Puerto Vallarta Restaurant, but it is not mentioned on the Supercharger website.

To give Puerto Vallarta a little advertisement, above is a list of their locations.

Their lunch menu

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The place, our meals, and me.

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I had flan for dessert in memory of Don and my first rail trip together, "Flan across Mexico".  Center the restaurant's founder.  Right, a screen shot of my watch to remember the details.

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Next charging stop was Corning where we had stopped on the way up.  We charged for 18 kWh@37 cents/kWh for $6.66.

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Don enjoying another Starbucks at Corning.  Hay bales have gotten a lot bigger than when I worked with them in the 1950s.

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In Woodland for the night at Best Western, we had In-N-Out for supper.  In the Tesla app, we could keep a watch on our car while away from it...see the In-N-Out sign across the lot on the rear camera?

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From the 2nd floor bridge between the two wings:  Left, the east half.  Right, the west half.
At Woodland we charged  for 26  kWh @38 cents for $9.88.  That's about 104  miles.

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Up early and onto I-5 at Woodland, with Starbucks coffee.  The only space that I have actually seen free coffee package.

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We charged in Sacramento for 12 kWh @ 28 cents for $3.36, for about 112 miles added to what we already had for our trip to Gustine Supercharger.

This was absolutely the hardest Tesla supercharger to find of our whole trip, even Pasadena.  We had passed 450 J Street and gone around the block to the Holiday Inn back on J Street.  I went inside and the clerks at the desk did not know where the chargers were, supposedly in the same block!  I looked on and clicked "Driving Directions" and calculated that it was a ramp down under street level.  After showing the custodian  at the Holiday Inn the image below, he figured out where the entry was.  After taking a parking ticket! we ventured down.  Once down one level, there was no indication that the chargers were actually one more level down.  Finally, we saw all these chargers and plugged in.  I asked one driver about the parking ticket and he said there would be a $4 charge to get out of the garage, and the garage chargers were intended for shoppers.  We exited and the machine said we owed $2 and we made our way southward on I-5 out of Sacramento.

Could you find the Tesla Superchargers in Sacramento even with this extra map?


I-5 traffic northbound toward Sacramento was nearly stopped.  It was backed up so far, I took two full-framed shots of it.  Luckily we stayed on autopilot at 70+ mph heading southward toward home.   I put on "Best of the Beatles" and Don was willing to do some of the freeway driving. 

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Another stop at Gustine/Santa Nella Tesla Supercharger with Andersen's Pea Soup, for 33 kWh@38cents for $12.54 for 132 more miles, but $4 Idle Fee for the first time for me. 

If you arrive at a busy supercharger (only 1 or 2 openings or even people waiting) watch your app and when it says you are charged enough for your next destination, either go move your car from the charger or raise the charging limit using the app.  I had forgotten that, and we had a nice lunch in Andersen's and I didn't get the idle fee note until I looked at the charges on my computer after the trip.

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Repeat stop at Kettleman City Supercharger for 29 kWh @ 37 cents for $10.78 for 116 more miles.

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Not wanting to stop again at the Pasadena Tesla Supercharger, or any intercity charger, we stopped at Tejon Ranch Supercharger.  It has 24 new chargers on the opposite side of I-5 than another Tesla Supercharger location where I had charged on a previous trip.

Luckily one more Starbucks before we reentered I-5 over the Grapevine and a left turn onto I-210 eastbound in Pasadena.

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For our last supper for the trip before we arrived home, Don knew about this neat family restaurant, Roady's, 160 W. Boita Avenue., San Dimas, CA  91773 where I selected their daily special, spaghetti and meatballs.  Roady's would be a good railfan destination on LA Light rail station being built out their back door.

The clientele was my age or older and a fellow told his wife (or mother), loud enough for me to hear across the restaurant, "That guy took a picture of his food!"

Tesla Trip Summary:

Miles driven:  2,035

Average miles between charges: 97 (there were even Tesla Superchargers between these stops)

Cost to charge:  $89 per 1,000 miles which is 9 cents per mile at Supercharger rates at average of 34.8 cents per kWh) 

At home charging is half as much: 
4.5 cents per mile or 18 cents per kWh, but much slower.

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