Nearly three years after Amtrak began operating most of America’s passenger trains, the carrier restored service to California’s San Joaquin Valley on March 5, 1974. Due to heavy freight traffic ... (more)
Amtrak northbound San Joaquin No. 717, running this cloudy afternoon with one of the lower-level, ex-NJT comet car sets, calls on the original 1900-built, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railwa... (more)
As the morning light continues to warm the floor of the Central Valley of California, BNSF 7161 hustles a southbound (railroad east) baretable train over the Merced River at Cressey.
Heading north toward its stop in Modesto, California, CDTX F59PHI 2014 pulls a four-car Amtrak San Joaquin, train 717, toward its final destination of San Jose. This train originated in Ba... (more)
Things appear to be almost normal this afternoon as Amtrak 712 hustles across one of the rust-colored spans here at Orwood. Almost normal, because if one looks closely between the P42 shoving on t... (more)
The crew of the BNSF 8350 have just begun their morning duties of building an outbound grain train has recently been unloaded at a facility near Hughson.
BNSF 6321 leads a short string of empty autoracks past the 1900-built, original ATSF depot here in Stockton. The fine looking structure is still used today by Amtrak, with more than a dozen San... (more)
Hustling across the Middle River at Orwood, BNSF 8192 leads an eastbound manifest for Stockton in the morning light. This bridge, located just east of a similar bridge-type that crosses the Old Ri... (more)
One of the more interesting things to look back on for Amtrak's San Joaquin's in 2019 was the need for extra cars to raise the axle count of all trains. The dilemma to add additional, non-r... (more)
With its station stop in Stockton complete - Amtrak 717 highballs out of town, running today with one of a couple lower-level equipment sets used by Amtrak California.
First light spills onto the floor of the fertile, Central Valley of California as an appropriately named Amtrak San Joaquin races south across the Merced River over the original ATSF span h... (more)
Modesto might not seem very scenic, but it can certainly be a colorful station stop for Amtrak's San Joaquin's if one times it right. Take for example the changing, fall colors of the trees in the... (more)
Fall Colors and a Northern. Frozen in time at the Modesto Amtrak station, ATSF 2921's black paint makes a stark contrast when framed against the changing, fall colors of the trees in the b... (more)
BNSF 508 at Stockton 10/26/19.