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Across the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn't

Across the tracks from the Stockton Amtrak station is an old house that looks abandoned, but isn't My Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to BakersfieldThumbnailsI spend 4.5 hours on the Amtrak San Joaquin train, occasionally staring at the tray-table instructions in front of meMy Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to BakersfieldThumbnailsI spend 4.5 hours on the Amtrak San Joaquin train, occasionally staring at the tray-table instructions in front of meMy Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to BakersfieldThumbnailsI spend 4.5 hours on the Amtrak San Joaquin train, occasionally staring at the tray-table instructions in front of meMy Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to BakersfieldThumbnailsI spend 4.5 hours on the Amtrak San Joaquin train, occasionally staring at the tray-table instructions in front of meMy Amtrak bus out of San José leaves me at Stockton, where I transfer to an Amtrak train to BakersfieldThumbnailsI spend 4.5 hours on the Amtrak San Joaquin train, occasionally staring at the tray-table instructions in front of me

The windows of the house facing the tracks appear to be boarded-up (perhaps to block train noise), with iron security bars mounted on top. But the property is well-maintained and I notice some children playing in the yard and entering the house.