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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: 774944

The 'Super' Chief - A tardy westbound Southwest Chief pulls through Santa Fe Springs, with one half of the train only being 11 hours late, while the other half is over 35 hours late. This c... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Santa Fe Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 172
Train ID: A03-14
Photo Date: June 16, 2021


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By: Nathaniel Holguin

Added: Jun 21, 2021

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Photo ID: 774670

This is the longest Amtrak passenger train Ive seen in years!

Four P42DC locomotives (172, 189, 10 and 163) are pulling sixteenth cars (sleepers 32059 and 32025, diner 38031, loun... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Corona, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 172
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: June 16, 2021


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jun 17, 2021

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Photo ID: 774385

Climbing up thru Glenshire to the next station station in Truckee, No. 5 the westbound California Zephyr will continue the climb to Norden on the Roseville Subdivision. Fly Fishermen are working ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 197
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 07, 2021


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Jun 13, 2021

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Photo ID: 773828

.Amtrak No. 5 the westbound California Zephyr is lead by a clean Union Pacific SD70AH, no. 8849. The Zephyr is down by 6 Hours and 55 minutes at Truckee Ca. No. 5 slides down the western Slope of ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70AH
Location: Soda Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8849
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 06, 2021


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Jun 06, 2021

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Photo ID: 772805

Amtrak 3 deadheads to 8th Street after arriving from Chicago as they enter the Roundhouse Lead.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 93
Train ID: SCAX A3Q 24
Photo Date: April 26, 2015


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By: Mark MacDougall

Added: May 26, 2021

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Photo ID: 771543

Running 13 hours behind schedule due to mechanical issues in Colorado, Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief approaches Barstow to perform its station stop, on May 10, 2021.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Barstow, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 13
Train ID: A3 1 08A
Photo Date: May 10, 2021


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By: David Carballido-Jeans

Added: May 10, 2021

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Photo ID: 770463

Running 3 hours behind schedule, Amtrak train 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, hustles through Highgrove as it approaches its next stop in Riverside. P42DCs 77 and 206 are in charge of th... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Highgrove, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 77
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: April 28, 2021


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Apr 29, 2021

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Photo ID: 767311

Amtrak Train 36, the eastbound Desert Wind, climbs Cajon Pass east of the Alray tunnel area.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Alray, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 253
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 06, 1984


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Mar 27, 2021

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Photo ID: 766303

This is another view from my Covid Gallery, when I stayed close to home and got to reacquaint myself with my local railroads. This is number two of the series. Train 6 the Zephyr heads eastward ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Pinoe, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 172
Train ID: 6
Photo Date: May 15, 2020


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By: John West

Added: Mar 17, 2021

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Photo ID: 764527

Amtrak train 36, the eastbound Desert Wind, pauses at the station in Fullerton, California, on October 6, 1994. Amtrak Dash 8-40BWH 803 will power this five-car train on its trip from Los ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P40DC
Location: Fullerton, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 803
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: October 06, 1994


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Feb 27, 2021

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Photo ID: 759696

A tardy Southwest Chief maneuvers its way down Cajon Pass as the sun casts daylight onto the surrounding landscape. Much of the foliage has withered away over the dry winter, with only one signifi... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Cajon Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 134
Train ID: A03-08
Photo Date: January 10, 2021


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By: Nathaniel Holguin

Added: Jan 11, 2021

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Photo ID: 759632

A late running Amtrak 3 passes thru the Colton/Grand Terrace area in early morning.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Colton, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 134
Train ID: 3
Photo Date: January 09, 2021


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By: Matthew Griffin

Added: Jan 10, 2021

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Photo ID: 759446

Amtrak's California Zephyr splits the Southern Pacific signals as it accelerates out of the resort town of Truckee.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 83
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: January 06, 2020


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By: Will Ebbert

Added: Jan 09, 2021

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Photo ID: 755026

Just after sunrise, the westbound Sunset Limited has arrived on time at Los Angeles.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P30CH
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 723
Train ID: NRPC 1
Photo Date: October 23, 1985


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Nov 22, 2020

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Photo ID: 754231

Amtrak train 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, is running 6 hours 15 minutes late as it passes through Esperanza, in the western end of Santa Ana Canyon. This train experienced a 4-hour... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Yorba Linda, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 148
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: November 14, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Nov 15, 2020

Views: 1,448
Comments: 0

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