Golden Hills in the Golden StateAmtrak's Coast Starlight is famed for its views of the Pacific Ocean. But even though the old Southern Pacific mainline veers inland a bit at... (more)
Heading for Cuesta GradeAmtrak train #14, the northbound (westbound in Southern Pacific's timetable) Coast Starlight, departs San Luis Obispo, California, on July 1, 1976 (Am... (more)
Water for My HorsesIt is Independence Day Eve (is that a thing?) 1974 and Amtrak's southbound (eastbound, in Southern Pacific vernacular) Coast Starlight, train #11, makes it... (more)
Sunday in the Park with Doyle*How I spent my third anniversary: Southern Pacific GS-4 class 4-8-4 4449, with SP SD40E 7342 as a helper, crosses Stenner Creek Trestle as it blasts i... (more)
Just catched alone from the bridge located at south, while waiting for Amtrak arrival.
For the first time in many years, the ex-Southern Pacific water cars based out of Guadalupe come to life as they are readied for the fight against the raging Cuesta Fire should the call come in. S... (more)
With a spotless ex-CNW unit on the point (spotless in reference to a fresh coat of Union Pacific paint), a southbound work train depends Cuesta Pass and into San Luis Obispo. Despite the cloudy ev... (more)
As a trio of cows live up to the "happy cows come from California" moto, Amtrak 11, the southbound Coast Starlight, drops downgrade off Cuesta Pass through the rolling green hills and in... (more)
The sun is setting on a long day as the crew ties down the power on a Union Pacific Officers Special.
Following the passage of the second of three large storms to pound the southern half of California this past week, massive amounts of water remain scattered across the central coast in areas unabl... (more)
Leaving San Luis Obispo behind in the late afternoon light, Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight races into Edna sporting a warbonnet leader and Amtrak's Phase I heritage unit.
Rolling out of San Luis Obispo just a few minutes down, Amtrak 790, lead by the AMTK 510 with the private car "Silver Splendor" directly behind it, passes the site of the Southern Pacifi... (more)
The Coast Starlight rolls downgrade into San Luis Obispo around the mini horseshoe curve.
Station stop while riding the Coast Starlight.