The Coast Starlight twists and turns the meandering down grades of the Santa Lucia range.
Empty autos are still rolling down the Cuesta Grade. I was briefly home in San Luis Obispo and able to catch a train rolling down the mini horse curve on route to a crew change in SLO.
With the first half of its journey complete, Amtrak 1790 prepares to depart San Luis Obispo for points south with the veteran AMTK 505 on the point followed by the private cars "Pacific Trail... (more)
The afternoon sun glistens off the southbound No.14, the coast Starlight, as it travels through the ranch lands on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo.
Lumber on the Central CoastA Southern Pacific eastbound, with Cotton Belt SD40T-2 8325 on the front, sits in San Luis Obispo, California, awaiting a fresh crew. This train, heading... (more)
Slugging it Out on Cuesta GradeThere are several tunnels on Southern Pacific’s Cuesta Grade, just north of San Luis Obispo, California – and it has been decades since they’ve been “... (more)
Smoking in SLOAmtrak's Transcontinental Steam Excursion puts on a show as it departs San Luis Obispo, California, on the morning of April 27, 1977. This excursion, led by fo... (more)
Central Coast SteamAmtrak's Transcontinental Steam Excursion arrives in San Luis Obispo, where it will spend the night before assaulting Cuesta Grade as it heads to Oakland t... (more)
The coastal fog is rolling in over the hills by San Luis Obispo as a late Coast Starlight makes it's way over the Stenner Creek Viaduct.
Amtrak's train #13, the Coast Daylight, led by a pair of Southern Pacific SDP45s and consisting of just six cars, is seen at San Luis Obispo, California, in March 1973. The Daylight... (more)
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)
The "Mothball Surfliner" departs SLO for Grover Beach with a CZ dome in tow and an F59PHI on each end.