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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: 236065

March of 1995 still found F40's powering the Train #6, the Eastbound California Zephyr as it exits Tunnel #17 about a mile West of Newcastle on the Eastward Main Track #2.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Newcastle, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 315
Train ID: Calif Zephyr
Photo Date: March, 1995


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: May 19, 2008

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Photo ID: 215160

Amtrak was not yet a year old but the so called "Rainbow Era" was in full swing. Train #5, The San Francisco Zephyr led by SP power and an assortment of cars including one of SP's home built dome ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Gold Run, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6446
Train ID: San Francisco Zephyr
Photo Date: April, 1972


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Dec 10, 2007

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Photo ID: 208257

Running a few minutes late out of Los Angeles, Amtrak's eastbound Sunset Limited train #2 approaches Valley Blvd. and the former Southern Pacific yard at City of Industry.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: City of Industry, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 151
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 24, 2007


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By: southlandwarrior

Added: Oct 24, 2007

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Photo ID: 205507

Although newer power in the form of SDP40F's would arrive later in the year, in January of 1974 it was still former UP E units and an SP FP7 providing power for Train #5, the San Francisco Zephyr.... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Richmond, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6451
Train ID: Amtrak #5
Photo Date: January, 1974


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Oct 08, 2007

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Photo ID: 192247

From the time SP's Oakland Mole closed until it was severly damaged in the 1989 earthquake, SP's 16th Station served as Oakland's main depot. In November of 1971, SP power still ruled on Amtrak's ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6448
Train ID: San Francisco Zephyr
Photo Date: November, 1971


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Jul 03, 2007

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Photo ID: 191116

The coming of Amtrak saw trains #5 and 6, the San Francisco Zephyr (or whatever they called it in the first few months) again running SP FP7's. In this shot, they are passing Eckley, now known as ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Eckley, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6448
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: July, 1971


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Jun 23, 2007

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Photo ID: 190656

Southwest Chief waits to set off on its journey to Chicago.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 5
Train ID: AMTK 4
Photo Date: March 19, 2007


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By: Ellis Simon

Added: Jun 18, 2007

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Photo ID: 147025

Amtrak's Southwest Chief #3 arrives at Pasadena. In less than three months, the train will switch over to Santa Fe's route via Fullerton in January 1994 - ending over 100 years of heavy rail pass... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P40DC
Location: Pasadena, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 810
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: November 06, 1993


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By: Richard Sugg

Added: Jun 11, 2006

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Photo ID: 140977

The Sunset Limited heads west through West Palm Springs, California, led by engines 44 and 22.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: West Palm Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 44
Train ID: AMTK 1
Photo Date: October 15, 2004


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By: Douglas G. Walker

Added: Apr 16, 2006

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Photo ID: 140638

Ex-UP E8A 957 leads Amtrak No. 5, the San Francisco Zephyr, into the tunnel at Newcastle.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Newcastle, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 957
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Apr 13, 2006

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Photo ID: 138101

Amtrak #36, the eastbound Desert Wind, returns to the Pasadena Sub for two weeks in October, 1992 during major trackwork on the San Bernardino Sub via Riverside and Fullerton.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Glendora, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 385
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: October 02, 1992


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By: Richard Sugg

Added: Mar 24, 2006

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Photo ID: 136807

The Southwest Chief heads down Cajon Pass on BNSF track 2 at MP 60.4 as a UP container train heads up BNSF track 1 in the background.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Cajon Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 164
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: March 12, 2006


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By: Ken Szok

Added: Mar 14, 2006

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Photo ID: 134558

Amtrak P42DC #7 leads the westbound Sunset Limited #1 on former Southern Pacific rails near Walnut, with the snow-covered San Gabriel mountains in the background.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Walnut, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 7
Train ID: AMTK 1
Photo Date: February 22, 2006


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By: Richard Sugg

Added: Feb 22, 2006

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Photo ID: 129634

Amtrak #36, the eastbound Desert Wind, detours over the Santa Fe Pasadena Subdivision in Highland Park, with 'Pepsi-Can' class unit 500 leading an F40PH.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH)
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 500
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: October 09, 1992


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By: Richard Sugg

Added: Jan 06, 2006

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Photo ID: 125933

Amtrak #1, the westbound Sunset Limited, is running about 2 hours late on a clear November Sunday morning.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Pomona, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 79
Train ID: AMTK 1
Photo Date: November 20, 2005


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By: Richard Sugg

Added: Nov 20, 2005

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