Having completed the full 180-degree turn that is the Gold Tree Horseshoe Curve, AMTK 193 and 510 slug the northbound Coast Starlight upgrade into Chorro on a hot afternoon on the Central Coast.
Bringing up the markers of today's northbound Coast Starlight, the private passenger cars "Silver Lariat" and "Silver Solarium" of CB&Q heritage show the stark contrast between the tracks they're ... (more)
The Coast Starlight descends the Cuesta Grade outside of San Luis Obispo. PPE on.
A large crowd of railfans and locals greet Southern Pacific 4449 as she rounds the curve in the San Luis Obispo yard. Having pulled the Louisiana World's Fair Daylight from Portland to New Orlean... (more)
Some 14 years after receiving its Olympic paint scheme, UP 2001 leads an El Paso, Texas bound autorack train out of San Luis Obispo and toward the coast line.
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)