The Train Itself,
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
Sonoma and Marin Counties, California

The first phase of the system, a 43-mile (69 km) segment between Northern Santa Rosa and Downtown San Rafael, opened to public preview and excursion services (as far south as Marin Civic Center) on June 29, 2017. Regular service began on August 25, 2017 after Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) gave the final approval for the Positive Train Control (PTC) system. [from wikipedia]
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Two Cars
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(Date Photographed: 15:04:44 Thursday 22 February 2018)
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The train was just two cars long and each car doubled as an engine. The elevated station platform allowed for level entry.


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The Station
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The station was ADA compliant. It was located in downtown San Rafael, just one block from the central bus station.


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Station Covered
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The station was covered to protect passengers from rain or too hot a sun. Tickets could be purchased right there on the station platform.


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Cafe
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Inside the train was a cafe that sold hot and cold drinks, and snacks (including apples and bananas).


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The Conductor
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The conductor doubled as a fare inspector. You didn't need to show a ticket when boarding, but your ticket would be checked once the train was underway. Overhead electronic displays showed the next station stop once the train was moving.


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Train 102
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Each train was numbered (here 102) and an electronic display showed the final destination ("Airport" for the Sonoma Airport).


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Southbound
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The southbound train, instead of showing the destination, it showed the train number (Train 4).


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The Petaluma Station
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The Petaluma Station was a restored historic building that was the orignial train station.


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The Schedule
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(Date Photographed: 16:12:05 Thursday 22 February 2018)
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The schedule was posted on the glass of the train platform. It showed the weekday times, as well as the weekend and holiday times.


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The Route
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(Date Photographed: 16:13:44 Thursday 22 February 2018)
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The route for the train (as well as its future extensions shown in dotted lines) was posted on the glass of the station platform.


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Clipper Card
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(Date Photographed: 16:14:16 Thursday 22 February 2018)
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The clipper card external link could be used to board and ride the train. Here you need to tag on before boarding and tag off after exiting.


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