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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: 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: 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

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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

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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

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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: 8,520
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Photo ID: 702534

Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief is running late, making a daylight appearance on the Cajon Sub.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Victorville, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 148
Train ID: BNSF A31 09
Photo Date: May 11, 2019


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jul 08, 2019

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Photo ID: 701685

AMTK P42DCs 55 and 201 lead the westbound California Zephyr - correction - Southwest Chief past the grain elevator at Verdemont.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Verdemont, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 55
Train ID: BNSF A31 10
Photo Date: May 12, 2019


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jun 29, 2019

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Photo ID: 679003

Another shot from the old print box. Amtrak #36, the Desert Wind rounding Sullivan's Curve in Cajon Pass. That “Pepsi Can” P32-8 looks pretty good to me. Scanned from a color print.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH)
Location: Near San Bernardino, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 516
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: April 10, 1993


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By: Dick Ebright

Added: Nov 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 674782

Union Pacific 3445 gives a helping hand to the Amtrak Desert Wind as it rolls westbound down Cima Hill towards Kelso, CA.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Kelso, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 3445
Train ID: AMTK 35
Photo Date: January 03, 1985


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By: James R Doughty

Added: Oct 22, 2018

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Photo ID: 674339

A winter storm has dropped a light dusting of snow at Cajon Summit as the eastbound Amtrak Desert Wind breaks out of the clouds into a brief moment of sunlight.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Cajon, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 250, AMTK 224
Train ID: Desert Wind
Photo Date: December, 1981


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By: James R Doughty

Added: Oct 18, 2018

Views: 2,155
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Photo ID: 666516

In early morning, but running about four hours late, the westbound Southwest Chief is running on the left hand track shortly after its station stop in Barstow. A westbound manifest has stopped sh... (more)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Hodge, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 138
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 16, 2018


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By: Peter Wright

Added: Aug 05, 2018

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Photo ID: 651533

As morning pushes toward midday, Amtrak No. 5, the San Francisco Zephyr, eases into Colfax, preparing to stop for passengers at the depot in this small town at 2,500 foot of elevation in the Sier... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Colfax, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 627
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: October, 1977


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Mar 14, 2018

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Photo ID: 649320

The Eastbound "California Zephyr" Amtrak Train #6 crossing the SP trestle at Long Ravine. At one time, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge ran underneath which was abandoned in 1942. Today, t... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Colfax, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 305
Train ID: Amtrak #6
Photo Date: June, 1987


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Feb 23, 2018

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Photo ID: 643098

Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr train No. 5 climbs Donner Pass on its way to Emeryville, Calif., from Chicago. Photo taken from Silver Lariat, a privately owned CB&Q business car.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 4
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: November 04, 2017


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By: Chase Gunnoe

Added: Jan 01, 2018

Views: 2,294
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