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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: 421891

The Amtrak California Zephyr poses in front of the snow capped Sierra Nevada Mountains as it flies across the Yolo Causeway near Davis at 79mph.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Davis, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 15
Train ID: AMT 5 17
Photo Date: January 19, 2013


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Jan 20, 2013

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Photo ID: 421297

Amtrak train #36, the eastbound Desert Wind (Los Angeles CA to Salt Lake City UT) passes through Lambert, a "station" in eastern Anaheim, California, on January 27th, 1993. Amtrak's colorf... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH)
Location: Anaheim, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 506
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: January 27, 1993


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jan 14, 2013

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Photo ID: 405694

An Amtrak Desert Wind crosses the sandy bed of the Mojave River.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Daggett, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 31
Train ID: AMTK 35
Photo Date: January, 1996


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Aug 08, 2012

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Photo ID: 400119

Amtrak No. 5 comes around the granite ledge at Yuba Gap on the original Donner alignment. The new alignment, which tunnels through the granite here, is in the foreground. For now at least, the tra... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Yuba Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 957
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: July, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jun 09, 2012

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Photo ID: 398693

Amtrak's San Francisco Zephyr hustles through pouring rain along the Truckee River just west of Boca. Amtrak often used an ex-SP FP7 or SD40/45 as lead helper on this train, but not on this partic... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Boca, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 568
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: July, 1974


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: May 24, 2012

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Photo ID: 398068

AMTK 156 skirts along the Truckee River leading the Eastbound California Zephyr.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Glenshire, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 156
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: May 16, 2012


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: May 17, 2012

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Photo ID: 384868

Amtrak's Sunset Limited cruises by Ontario's International Airport on a crisp December afternoon, lead by a nice UP Gevo.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Ontario, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP7418
Train ID: AMT 1
Photo Date: December 23, 2011


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By: Robert Royer

Added: Dec 24, 2011

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Photo ID: 379602

Amtrak's phase IV heritage unit, AMTK 184, leads the westbound California Zephyr through Davis, CA.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Davis, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 184
Train ID: AMT 5
Photo Date: October 15, 2011


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Oct 31, 2011

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Photo ID: 372353

westbound Amtrak train #5 approaching Colfax, CA on Donner Pass

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Colfax, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6461
Train ID: #5
Photo Date: November, 1972


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By: Joe Blackwell

Added: Aug 18, 2011

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Photo ID: 369938

WB "Desert Wind" #35 with a mix of high level cars.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 234
Train ID: AMTK 35
Photo Date: April 07, 1987


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By: Sidney P Vaught

Added: Jul 25, 2011

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Photo ID: 369606

Eastbound "Desert Wind" on the south track with I-15 in the background. I took many more pictures on later visits than I did when I lived here!

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Cajon, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 245
Train ID:
Photo Date: May 02, 1988


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By: Sidney P Vaught

Added: Jul 22, 2011

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Photo ID: 368161

running a little late Amtrak westbound Chicago to Los Angeles train #3, the Southwest Chief was descending Cajon Pass at Devore, CA led by a trio of fairly new SDP40F's, the first of a number of A... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Devore, California, USA
Locomotive #: ATK 517
Train ID: #3
Photo Date: July, 1974


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By: Joe Blackwell

Added: Jul 09, 2011

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Photo ID: 358257

Car or Train? That is the question. Many people flock to the Sierras by driving up Interstate 80, but what better way to relax and see the beautiful mountains than by taking Amtrak's California Ze... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 166
Train ID: AMT 6
Photo Date: January 15, 2011


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Mar 26, 2011

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Photo ID: 355446

They're not E-Units, but they still look pretty good on the point. Amtrak train #3, the westbound Southwest Chief, seen in San Bernardino (Rana, on the BNSF), California, about five... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 27
Train ID: 3
Photo Date: January 12, 1999


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Feb 25, 2011

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Photo ID: 346358

Looking a lot like a Christmas card, the 1 spot leads the Westbound California Zephyr through a snowy Winter Wonderland on Donner Pass.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Casa Loma, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 1
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: November 20, 2010


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Nov 24, 2010

Views: 5,033
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