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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: 615157

Exiting the brief dark of the Norden snowshed, Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr (with a heritage unit trailing) continues its westbound trek after the long climb out of Truckee.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 72
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2017


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By: Nick Hovey

Added: May 01, 2017

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Photo ID: 612910

In Service for Eighty-Two Years

Amtrak’s train #5, the westbound San Francisco Zephyr, has made its afternoon arrival at the old Southern Pacific 16th Street Station in Oaklan... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 586
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: August 28, 1975


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Apr 10, 2017

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Photo ID: 597996

After receiving a few inches of fresh powder overnight, the Bear River Valley has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Passengers aboard Amtrak's California Zephyr get to take in these beaut... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 199
Train ID: AMT 5 25
Photo Date: November 27, 2016


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Dec 01, 2016

Views: 2,796
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Photo ID: 597077

The westbound California Zephyr. A Roger Puta Photograph

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Emeryville, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 314
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: November, 1980


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Nov 22, 2016

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Photo ID: 589174

Not long after sunrise, a pair of Santa Fe cowls leads Amtrak No. 3 up the eastern slope of Cajon Pass.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: EMD F45
Location: Lugo, California, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 5933
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 22, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Sep 14, 2016

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Photo ID: 586200

Not your typical Amtrak detour! Devoid of regularly scheduled passenger traffic since the start of Amtrak in 1971 the rails over Tehachapi Pass have hosted several Amtrak detours over the years, m... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Mojave, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 79
Train ID: AMT 3-15
Photo Date: August 17, 2016


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Aug 18, 2016

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Photo ID: 578580

The California Zephyr has started it's westward climb towards Donner Pass on a nice day in May of 1994.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Floriston, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 249
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: May, 1994


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By: Greg Mross

Added: Jun 01, 2016

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Photo ID: 578217

On a beautiful Spring morning, The California Zephyr, No. 6, charges westbound up the east slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Summit at Norden,

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Andover, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 193
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: May 12, 2016


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: May 29, 2016

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Photo ID: 577988

Eastbound California Zephyr, No. 6, charges up the west slope of Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, to the Summit at Norden.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Baxter, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 193
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: May 13, 2016


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: May 27, 2016

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Photo ID: 577182

The eastbound California Zephyr, No. 6, exits the Florinston Narrows along with the Truckee River. Both mains and the river crowd together through the Narrows.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Floriston, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 48
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: May 12, 2016


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: May 20, 2016

Views: 2,446
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Photo ID: 561957

The Westbound California Zephyr departs Truckee, CA.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 92
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: December 27, 2015


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By: Arne Brown

Added: Jan 13, 2016

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Photo ID: 558789

AMTK 183 leads the eastbound California Zephyr Train 6 up the west slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains as it negotiates a curve near Gold Run

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Gold Run, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 183
Train ID: Amtrak 6
Photo Date: December 17, 2015


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By: Hunter Lohse

Added: Dec 18, 2015

Views: 2,075
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Photo ID: 556400

BNSF 6617 leads a nearly 9 hour late westbound Southwest Chief down off Ash Hill.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44C4
Location: Ludlow, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 6617
Train ID: Amtrak 3
Photo Date: November 28, 2015


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By: Matthew Griffin

Added: Nov 28, 2015

Views: 2,298
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Photo ID: 550703

The train was Amtrak's Super Chief/El Capitan. The late Roger Puta's slide was scanned and posted by Marty Bernard.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 306C
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: February, 1972


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By: Roger Puta

Added: Oct 18, 2015

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Photo ID: 547602

Amtrak California Zephyr #5 runs west along San Pablo Bay as it nears its next stop of Richmond, CA. Leading the train is AMTK 189 which was painted with The Heartland Flyers Big Game Train.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Pinole, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 189
Train ID: 5
Photo Date: September 22, 2015


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By: Brian Roberts

Added: Sep 22, 2015

Views: 1,859
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