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Amtrak Transcontinentals in California
California-bound rail travelers from the east have three choices to reach the Golden State: California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle. A look back through the years including the now-defunct Desert Wind
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Photo ID: 737877

A late running westbound California Zephyr is seen approaching Soda Springs, CA, on Thanksgiving Day 2019, having crested Donner Summit two miles east of here. Less than 48 hours prior there was n... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Soda Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 23
Train ID: 5
Photo Date: November 28, 2019


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By: Sean Moran

Added: May 31, 2020

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Photo ID: 736075

As Amtrak train 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief, departs Los Angeles Union Station, Metrolink train 328 (behind SCAX MP36PH-3C 888, also departs L.A.s Union Station. Both trains are runn... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 42
Train ID: ATMK 4
Photo Date: May 13, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: May 14, 2020

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Photo ID: 735952

When Amtrak 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, departed Chicago, it had the usual five-car reduced consist due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Engines 42 and 41, sleeper 32097, dining car 38034, ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Anaheim, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 42
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: May 13, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: May 13, 2020

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Photo ID: 734921

Amtrak 3 arrives in Los Angeles with AMTK 42 in the lead. They're seen passing the growing deadline of Metrolink F59 variants at Keller Yard.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 42
Train ID: AMTK 3(1)
Photo Date: May 03, 2020


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By: Mark MacDougall

Added: May 04, 2020

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Photo ID: 734849

Amtrak train 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, bisects one of the most dangerous (and soon to be replaced with an overpass) grade crossings in the country, Rosecrans, Marquardt and Stage (w... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Santa Fe Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6260
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: May 02, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: May 03, 2020

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Photo ID: 734119

Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief, running with only 5 cars due to the downturn in travel nears Verdemont in the early morning.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Verdemont, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 164
Train ID: 3
Photo Date: April 25, 2020


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By: Matthew Griffin

Added: Apr 26, 2020

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Photo ID: 733890

The Desert Wind, has crested Cajon Pass, and is making the steep descent toward Los Angeles.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Alray, California, USA
Locomotive #: Amtrak 291
Train ID: Amtrak 35
Photo Date: May 06, 1984


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Apr 24, 2020

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Photo ID: 727710

Snow showers fall on a late Amtrak No. 5, the westbound California Zephyr, as it rolls along the Truckee River making it's approach to Truckee. The first snowfall in quite awhile in the Sierras ha... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 52
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 01, 2020


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Mar 04, 2020

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Photo ID: 727115

The Desert Wind pauses at Barstow, earthquake damage evident with the buildings.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PHR
Location: Barstow, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 280
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 30, 1991


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By: Simon Barber

Added: Feb 28, 2020

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Photo ID: 715840

Passing a lone Joshua Tree on a bright and snowy January 1988 day, Amtrak train 35, the now-discontinued Desert Wind, threads its way through Cajon Pass's Mormon Rocks area on its way from ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Cajon Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 352
Train ID: AMTK 35
Photo Date: January, 1988


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Nov 09, 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

Views: 6,348
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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: 1,584
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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

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Photo ID: 703471

Amtrak P42DC #3 leads a late train #3 (the westbound Southwest Chief) as it passes through Buena Park, California, on May 26, 2018. This train, along with #5 (the California Zephyr)... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Buena Park, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 3
Train ID: AMTK 453
Photo Date: May 26, 2018


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 15, 2019

Views: 1,296
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Photo ID: 703259

Amtrak long-distance trains have become hard-luck stories of late. The westbound Southwest Chief was late again, having lost one P42DC in Kansas City MO on July 11, 2019. The train's powe... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Summit, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 7368
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: July 13, 2019


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 14, 2019

Views: 8,211
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