I've been actively documenting the in's & out's of Amtrak's Auto Train since 1986, having lived near both terminuses of Lorton and Sanford, and I've seen so many unusual things....but never this. ... (more)
Amtrak's Southwest Chief crosses the former Rock Island mainline as it slows to a stop at Joliet, IL on its last lap into Chicago. At this time, the lead unit no. 508 was fairly new, and forecast ... (more)
Local brings the auto racks in off the mainline. Depot construction has them using what is normally a storage track, occupied by empty racks, allowing for a clear shot of the train.
On November 19th, 1974, an eastbound (southbound) Amtrak San Diegan makes a stop at Fullerton, California. Power for this six car train is SDP40F 508 and E9B 452. The SDP40F is new, havin... (more)
Practically new (built in July 1973), Amtrak SDP40F 508 sits at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal after arriving with train #3, the Southwest Limited on July 9th, 1973.
When Amtrak took over (most of) America's passenger rail operations in May 1971, they had to make due with a hodge-podge of diesels, mainly E-units, built in the 1940s and 1950s that were, to put ... (more)
The road power has just shoved the second cut of passenger cars to the platform while the yard switcher has already grabbed all the auto cars off the rear of the train and is waiting to yard those... (more)
Switching out some cars for Auto Train.
Loaded racks pass storage racks.
One of the twice-repainted former "Pepsi Cans" is taking the first cut of passenger cars from Lorton to the wash rack.
The Illinois Zephyr creeps through Riverside with a Dash 8 leading today.
The cab car's horn failed on the morning Hiawatha, so when the train got to CUS, they tacked this thing on. Good thing, too!
Coast Starlights meet. NB (closer with Pepsi Can 508) waiting for SB (Pepsi Can 512) to clear the station.
Got an early start out of Muskegon, snowing most of the way to Holland, then a break in the clouds. Heard this might be leading, and sure enough, lucked out with strong sunlight and the dark snows... (more)