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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: 63398

SP SD45 8826 acts as lead helper on Amtrak No. 5 on one of the first runs of ex-UP E-units on this train.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Applegate, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8826
Train ID: Amtk 5
Photo Date: June, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: May 27, 2004

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Photo ID: 62346

Amtrak No. 5 drops downhill at Midas with an SP SD45 lead helper picked up at Sparks.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Midas, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8938
Train ID: Amtk 5
Photo Date: June, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: May 19, 2004

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Photo ID: 61655

Ex-SP FP7 6455 leads Amtrak No. 5 up out of Long Ravine into Colfax before descending through the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Colfax, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6455
Train ID: Amtk 5
Photo Date: July, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: May 14, 2004

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Photo ID: 59750

After cutting of its ex-SP FP7 lead helper at Roseville, an A-B-A set of ex-UP E-units accelerates out of Roseville at Antelope.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Roseville, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 926
Train ID: Amtk 5
Photo Date: July, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Apr 29, 2004

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Photo ID: 55132

Amtrak's westbound San Francisco Zephyr rolls downhill on No. 2 track on the giant fill that leads to Newcastle tunnel.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7A
Location: Newcastle, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6455
Train ID: Amtk 5
Photo Date: July, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Mar 26, 2004

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Photo ID: 53662

Ex-SP FP7 6455 leads Amtrak westbound San Francisco Zephyr down Donner Pass' west slope at Towle.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6455
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: June, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Mar 15, 2004

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Photo ID: 53363

Ex-SP FP7A 6455 leads Amtrak No. 6, the eastbound San Francisco Zephyr, at Newcastle.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD FP7A
Location: Newcastle, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6455
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Mar 13, 2004

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Photo ID: 26398

The eastbound California Zephyr is stopped at Norden to meet its westbound counterpart, train #5, on a snowy Donner Pass.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 192
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: 2002


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By: Phil Gosney

Added: Aug 13, 2003

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Photo ID: 12290

Eastbound Desert Wind

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P40DC
Location: Cima, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 829
Train ID: Amtrak 36
Photo Date: Unknown


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Apr 22, 2003

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Photo ID: 3577

Westbound California Zephyr slices through the Sierra Nevada.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Floristan, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 69
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: October 19, 1998


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By: Moe Bertrand

Added: Jan 17, 2003

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