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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: 541304

The westbound California Zephyr comes to a stop to load passengers at the old railroad town of Colfax California.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Colfax, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 25
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: July 21, 2015


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Aug 04, 2015

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Photo ID: 536254

Amtrak Heritage unit 156 leads a tardy westbound Southwest Chief down Cajon Pass at Keenbrook.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Keenbrook, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 156
Train ID: Southwest Chief #3
Photo Date: June 26, 2015


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By: Matthew Griffin

Added: Jun 26, 2015

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Photo ID: 535929

Amtrak No. 6,the eastbound California Zephyr, winds downhill along the Truckee River and under the Glenshire road bridge.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: East Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: Amtrak 183
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 17, 2015


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Jun 23, 2015

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Photo ID: 535672

Amtrak train #5, the westbound San Francisco Zephyr, passes through Emilgrant Gap in the high Sierra on March 18th, 1978. Led by SDP40Fs 598 and 620, this train is just a couple hundred mi... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 598
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: March 18, 1978


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jun 21, 2015

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Photo ID: 535294

Amtrak train #36, led by SDP40F 526 and F40PH 221, passes through Mormon Rocks in southern California's Cajon Pass on March 27th, 1981. This is the eastbound Desert Wind, which ran from Lo... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Cajon Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 526
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: March 27, 1981


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jun 18, 2015

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Photo ID: 514980

Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr negotiates the frequent turns of the Donner Pass Route as it passes through Casa Loma, California on a cold and rainy day.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Casa Loma, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMT 202
Train ID: AMT 6 16
Photo Date: January 16, 2015


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Jan 18, 2015

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Photo ID: 509475

A trio of new SDP40F's wait to lead this evenings train number four out of LAUPT for Chicago.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 514
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1973


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By: Joe Blackwell

Added: Dec 07, 2014

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Photo ID: 501826

Amtrak's phase IV heritage unit, AMTK 184, leads the eastbound Southwest Chief as it makes its first station stop at Fullerton on a warm October night.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Fullerton, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 184
Train ID: A4 1 11A
Photo Date: October 11, 2014


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By: David Carballido-Jeans

Added: Oct 12, 2014

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Photo ID: 499519

Amtrak 5, the westbound California Zephyr, glides through a curve at Rodeo led by P42DCs #11 and #185.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Rodeo, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 11
Train ID: Amtrak 5
Photo Date: September 20, 2014


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By: Jamie West (CaliforniaRailfan101)

Added: Sep 25, 2014

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Photo ID: 495831

Running a few hours late, Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr is on final approach to its Bay Area destination of Emeryville.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Hercules, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 72
Train ID: Amtrak AMT5 23
Photo Date: August 25, 2014


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By: Davis Strench

Added: Aug 31, 2014

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Photo ID: 493319

Amtrak "California Zephyr" Train 5 coasts downhill on a chilly February day as it heads for the San Francisco Bay Area. The train is crossing the ravine as it coasts towards one of the ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Nyack, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 87
Train ID: Amtrak Train 5
Photo Date: February 01, 2014


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By: Jeff Kelm

Added: Aug 10, 2014

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Photo ID: 472303

Amtrak 97 leads the Westbound California Zephyr out of Truckee in September 1998.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 97
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 17, 1998


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By: phil cotterill

Added: Mar 04, 2014

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Photo ID: 446310

Cresting the summit of southern California's Cajon Pass is Amtrak train #35, the Desert Wind, heading from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Los Angeles on December 29th, 1979. F40PHRs 290 and 289 ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Summit, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 290
Train ID: 35
Photo Date: December 29, 1979


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Aug 07, 2013

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Photo ID: 443330

Amtrak train #3 the "Southwest Chief" leans into the curve at West Devore, CA, descending Cajon Pass led by Santa Fe's last original factory painted FP 45.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: EMD FP45
Location: Devore, California, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 5944
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1972


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By: Joe Blackwell

Added: Jul 14, 2013

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Photo ID: 424370

Amtrak 164 leads the westbound Southwest Chief running around 3 hours late through Cajon Station. I'm sure the passengers don't mind the slight delay, as they get to enjoy a rare trip through the ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Cajon, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 164
Train ID: Southwest Chief #3
Photo Date: February 09, 2013


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By: Mojavesubmp347.0

Added: Feb 09, 2013

Views: 1,556
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