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Amtrak's California long distance trains
Four long-distance routes serve the Golden State: California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle. A look back through the years plus shots of their predecessors.
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Photo ID: 712035

Kern Jct. Sunset. Running over four hours late following the delay of a Metrolink trespasser strike down south in the San Fernando Valley, Amtrak's detouring Coast Starlight No. 14 has to w... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Bakersfield, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 146
Train ID: AMT14-15
Photo Date: September 15, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Oct 06, 2019

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Photo ID: 710295

Stainless Steel Returns to Woodford. Amtrak's detouring northbound Coast Starlight, already running over 4 hours late following a Metrolink trespasser strike in the San Fernando Valley, pou... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Woodford, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 146
Train ID: AMT14-15
Photo Date: September 15, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Sep 18, 2019

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Photo ID: 710281

Passing Vanishing History. Amtrak's northbound Coast Starlight, No. 14, drops downgrade through Clear Creek Ravine and passes the ill-fated Tunnel 4 as it detours over Tehachapi Pass. Rocke... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Bealville, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 39
Train ID: AMT14-14
Photo Date: September 14, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Sep 18, 2019

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Photo ID: 710129

The Coast Starlight Battles "The Loop." Amtrak 11, the Coast Starlight, makes a rare appearance on the Tehachapi Loop as it works upgrade on its southbound journey to Los Angeles ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Walong, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 146
Train ID: AMT11-13
Photo Date: September 14, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Sep 17, 2019

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Photo ID: 710128

Amtrak 14 approaches the south end of Woodford siding as it makes its way across the 4th crossing of the Tehachapi Creek riverbed on a warm, summer's afternoon. On days like this it's hard to imag... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Woodford, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 39
Train ID: AMT14-14
Photo Date: September 14, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Sep 17, 2019

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Photo ID: 710127

Passenger Service Returns to "The Loop." Amtrak 14, the northbound Coast Starlight, eases through Tunnel 9 as it exits the world famous Tehachapi Loop on a hot summer afternoon.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Walong, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 39
Train ID: AMT14-14
Photo Date: September 14, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Sep 17, 2019

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Favorited: 13

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Photo ID: 710126

The Starlight Slices Sandcut. Throttling up for the climb up onto the floor of the San Joaquin Valley, Amtrak's detouring northbound Coast Starlight banks through the final curve on the Moj... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Sandcut, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 39
Train ID: AMT14-14
Photo Date: September 14, 2019


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Sep 17, 2019

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Photo ID: 709918

Yet another Amtrak number 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, with a tale of woe ... Amtrak 3 departed Chicago IL on September 12, 2019, behind P42DCs 164 and 199. After making its station s... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Placentia, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5518
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: September 14, 2019


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Sep 15, 2019

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Photo ID: 709240

Amtrak's Coast Starlight passes over the eastern end of the Santa Clara River Bridge and into Oxnard California with a Phase One Heritage paint scheme in the lead. Although from this angle this lo... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Oxnard, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 156
Train ID: AMTK 11
Photo Date: September 05, 2019


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By: Charles Freericks

Added: Sep 07, 2019

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Photo ID: 708576

On my favorite stretch of mountain railroad in the country, a former "Pepsi Can" P32-8BWH leads Amtrak's northbound Coast Starlight past the former location of Cougar siding on the ex-So... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH)
Location: Cougar, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 503
Train ID: Amtrak 14
Photo Date: May 30, 2018


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By: Sean Kelly

Added: Sep 01, 2019

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Favorited: 36


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Photo ID: 708280

On the first day of Fall 2002, a 14-hour late Coast Starlight enters Redding, California. It is around 5:30 PM, and the temperature is 100F.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Redding, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 119
Train ID: NRPC 11
Photo Date: September 21, 2002


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Aug 29, 2019

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Photo ID: 708085

On the first day of fall, a 14 hour late Coast Starlight crosses Dry Canyon Viaduct on the flank of Mount Shasta. The next station stop for train 11 will be Dunsmuir.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Hotlum, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 119
Train ID: NRPC 11
Photo Date: September 21, 2002


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Aug 27, 2019

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Photo ID: 707366

Fourteen hours late, the southbound Coast Starlight curves through the Sacramento River Canyon. Although it is the first day of Fall, temperatures will reach triple digits by the time the train m... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Gibson, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 119
Train ID: NRPC 11
Photo Date: September 21, 2003


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Aug 20, 2019

Views: 634
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Photo ID: 704829

2001 miles from its origination city (New Orleans, Louisiana) Amtrak train 1, the westbound tri-weekly Sunset Limited, makes its next-to-last station stop before arriving in Los Angeles. D... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P30CH
Location: Pomona, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 714
Train ID: AMTK 1
Photo Date: May 14, 1982


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 26, 2019

Views: 1,283
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Photo ID: 703751

Running 2 hours late, Amtrak train 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, has just departed the Riverside, California, station at 8:33 am on July 17, 2019. The nine-car train is powered by P42... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Riverside, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 167
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: July 17, 2019


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 18, 2019

Views: 875
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