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Photo ID: 668701

Searchlights At Blue Hour. Making the final push toward the summit of Cuesta Pass, UP 4385 streaks past the still active, ex-Southern Pacific searchlights at the south end of the Santa Marg... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70M
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 4385
Train ID: OWPDO-28
Photo Date: March 28, 2017


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Aug 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 659290

With a unique set of power on the point this afternoon, Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight races into Santa Margarita just a few miles from beginning its accent up Cuesta Pass.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH)
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 505
Train ID: AMT11-14
Photo Date: December 15, 2015


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: May 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 647609

Splitting the searchlight signals still guarding the southern end of the Santa Margarita siding, Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight approaches the summit of Cuesta Pass prior to the lengthy decen... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 201
Train ID: AMT11-04
Photo Date: February 05, 2018


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Feb 09, 2018

Views: 827
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Photo ID: 614728

Cuesta Conquered

Amtrak's Transcontinental Steam Excursion crests the summit of Cuesta Grade, just north of San Luis Obispo, California, on April 27, 1977. In the process of ... (more)

Railroad: American Freedom Train
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: AFT 4449
Train ID: Westbound Special
Photo Date: April 27, 1977


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Apr 28, 2017

Views: 1,833
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Photo ID: 612852

Running on its last trip prior to being renamed the "Redwood Empire," ATSF 33 looks sharp on the rear of the northbound Coast Starlight as it brings up the markers just north of Santa Ma... (more)

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: Business Car
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 33
Train ID: AMT14-03
Photo Date: April 03, 2016


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Apr 10, 2017

Views: 1,823
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Photo ID: 609502

Having completed its battle up Cuesta Pass, AMTK 164 leads Amtrak 14, the northbound Coast Starlight, downgrade and into Santa Margarita. At this point on the Coast Subdivision, the railroad moves... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 164
Train ID: AMT14-21
Photo Date: February 21, 2017


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Mar 10, 2017

Views: 1,385
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Photo ID: 606676

Crossing the over 100 year old viaduct spanning the banks of the Santa Margarita river, Amtrak 11 hustles toward the river's namesake town as it approaches Cuesta Pass.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 176
Train ID: AMT11-11
Photo Date: February 12, 2017


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Feb 14, 2017

Views: 1,139
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Favorited: 3

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Photo ID: 605181

A Roger Puta Photograph

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: SSW 9270
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1981


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Feb 01, 2017

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Photo ID: 604786

UP 7691 leads the detouring MWCRV-17 into Santa Margarita and past the still active ex-Southern Pacific searchlights here as it prepares to take the siding for the detouring QRVWCB-16. These two t... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7691
Train ID: MWCRV-17
Photo Date: August 19, 2016


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Jan 30, 2017

Views: 1,152
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Favorited: 8

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Photo ID: 603977

Turning its nose into the final glimpse of the late evening light, UP 7078 slows the southbound, loaded oil cans as they prepare to stop on the main to add the San Luis Obispo based helpers for th... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC6000CW
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7078
Train ID: ODOWP-23
Photo Date: December 23, 2015


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Jan 22, 2017

Views: 1,125
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Favorited: 7

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Photo ID: 598705

Back when power shortages in Seattle seemed to be a regular occurrence for Amtrak, it wasn't all that uncommon to spot a UP or BNSF unit on the point of the southbound Coast Starlight. While Amtra... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70M
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 4408
Train ID: AMT11-02
Photo Date: August 03, 2012


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Dec 08, 2016

Views: 1,773
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Photo ID: 588186

Battling upgrade on wet rails at the southern switch of Santa Margarita, UP 1988, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad heritage unit, leads an El Paso, Texas-bound autorack train toward the still ac... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 1988
Train ID: AMPEPR-06
Photo Date: January 07, 2016


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Sep 06, 2016

Views: 1,629
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Favorited: 6

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Photo ID: 584329

How I Spent My Third Wedding Anniversary (Thanks, Honey!)

After assisting the World's Fair Daylight (N... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 7342
Train ID: Helper
Photo Date: June 20, 1984


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 30, 2016

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Photo ID: 571077

Heading into the setting sun, the Union Pacific Board Of Directors Special, climbs to the top of Cuesta before dropping down into San Luis Obispo.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE C45AH
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8266
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 17, 2016


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Mar 27, 2016

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Photo ID: 569974

The Oil Cans come off their spiraling and winding cresting of Cuesta Pass. It will be far easier going from here up to Wunpost where the train will reload.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Santa Margarita, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8150
Train ID: UP ODOWP 11
Photo Date: March 12, 2016


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By: Charles Freericks

Added: Mar 18, 2016

Views: 1,111
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Favorited: 7

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