The Guadalupe Local travels along the Lompoc Industrial Lead where it will soon climb the White Hills Industrial Lead to take its load to the Celite Corp.
Long-retired from its days as a former Police Caboose SP #01482 (ex DRGW) rusts on a siding. It was once used to combat theft on trains. SP Railroad Police or Special Agents rode in the caboose to... (more)
I call this stretch of railroad California's hidden coast. For about 50 miles, except for the railroad itself and the station at Surf, it is isolated from public access by mountains, Vandenberg A... (more)
Amtrak 11 passes through the siding at Surf as the sun is setting. A blanket of haze has shrouded everything as the air has started to cool off.
Crossing the trestle at Jalama Creek.
Colorful fields of flowers ready for harvest contrast with the grey coastal overcast as the Lompoc job rolls along at 10 mph between Surf and Lompoc.
Passengers on tonight's Surfliner are getting their money's worth with a spectacular sunset view over the Pacific. The northbound train is minutes away from its stop at Surf Beach.
Departing the town of Lompoc, an unpatched Cotton Belt Geep 40 dash2 leeds the Guadalupe Switcher on it's way back to up the Lompoc Branch, and on up the Coast Line. With only two cars today, this... (more)
Hugging the Pacific coastline, UP 4982 leads a train south through Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Check out the waves to the left. These were great swells because of a storm in Hawai'i.
Crossing the Santa Ynez River.
The maximum speed is ten miles per hour. Any faster will cause problems.