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Amtrak's California long distance trains
Four long-distance routes serve the Golden State: California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle. A look back through the years plus shots of their predecessors.
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Photo ID: 703471

Amtrak P42DC #3 leads a late train #3 (the westbound Southwest Chief) as it passes through Buena Park, California, on May 26, 2018. This train, along with #5 (the California Zephyr)... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Buena Park, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 3
Train ID: AMTK 453
Photo Date: May 26, 2018


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 15, 2019

Views: 840
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Photo ID: 703259

Amtrak long-distance trains have become hard-luck stories of late. The westbound Southwest Chief was late again, having lost one P42DC in Kansas City MO on July 11, 2019. The train's powe... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Summit, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 7368
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: July 13, 2019


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 14, 2019

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Photo ID: 702534

Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief is running late, making a daylight appearance on the Cajon Sub.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Victorville, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 148
Train ID: BNSF A31 09
Photo Date: May 11, 2019


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jul 08, 2019

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Photo ID: 702458

Coast Starlight 14 on a rare appearance in daylight on the Pit River bridge - running almost 4hours late. I drove north to Dunsmuir after this photo and waited for this to arrive and capture video... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Redding, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 43
Train ID: CSL 14
Photo Date: April 18, 2018


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By: Tom Vance

Added: Jul 07, 2019

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Photo ID: 701685

AMTK P42DCs 55 and 201 lead the westbound California Zephyr - correction - Southwest Chief past the grain elevator at Verdemont.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Verdemont, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 55
Train ID: BNSF A31 10
Photo Date: May 12, 2019


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jun 29, 2019

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Photo ID: 701044

A late running westbound Southwest Chief flies over the Natural Crossover minutes after making its Victorville station stop.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Victorville, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 148
Train ID: BNSF A31 09
Photo Date: May 11, 2019


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By: Tim Stevens

Added: Jun 24, 2019

Views: 1,054
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Photo ID: 694924

The Coast Starlight flies low across Butte Valley on Memorial Day weekend 1994.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH)
Location: Macdoel, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 518
Train ID: NRPC 14
Photo Date: May 29, 1994


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Apr 23, 2019

Views: 1,442
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Photo ID: 694754

Passing Starlights. The daily ritual, at least when both trains are on time, takes place in front of the beautifully resorted Southern Pacific freight house here in San Luis Obispo as Amtra... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 55
Train ID: AMTK 11-12
Photo Date: April 13, 2018


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Apr 21, 2019

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Photo ID: 693785

The Coast Starlight heads north in the shadow of Mount Shasta. When the diner goes by there will be a nice whiff of breakfast.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Cougar, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 266
Train ID: NRPC 14
Photo Date: May 17, 1987


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Apr 11, 2019

Views: 1,865
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Photo ID: 692995

Pacific Rail Society's "Desert Scout" excursion awaits its return to Los Angeles while passengers check out the former Harvey House.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Barstow, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 288
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 03, 1984


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Apr 03, 2019

Views: 1,235
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Photo ID: 683746

Amtrak's Coast Starlight, masquerading as the 'San Joaquin Starlight' during a one day detour in September 2013, has entered the east end of what was once Tunnel Half, located in the heart of the ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Tehachapi Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 83
Train ID: AMT14-14
Photo Date: September 14, 2013


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 11, 2019

Views: 1,517
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Photo ID: 682693

Two Different Kinds of "Peace Be With You." As Amtrak's northbound Coast Starlight races out of Camarillo, the engineer of today's train throws up a piece sign after noticing the... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Camarillo, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK167
Train ID: AMT14-23
Photo Date: November 23, 2018


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Jan 02, 2019

Views: 1,340
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Photo ID: 682333

Amtrak No. 120 leads No. 11, the southbound Coast Starlight into the San luis Obispo SP station as Amtrak No. 14 the northbound Coast Starlight departs.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 120
Train ID: AMTK 11
Photo Date: December 04, 1999


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Dec 29, 2018

Views: 1,158
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Photo ID: 679003

Another shot from the old print box. Amtrak #36, the Desert Wind rounding Sullivan's Curve in Cajon Pass. That “Pepsi Can” P32-8 looks pretty good to me. Scanned from a color print.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P32BWH (Dash 8-32BWH)
Location: Near San Bernardino, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 516
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: April 10, 1993


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By: Dick Ebright

Added: Nov 28, 2018

Views: 2,374
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Photo ID: 674782

Union Pacific 3445 gives a helping hand to the Amtrak Desert Wind as it rolls westbound down Cima Hill towards Kelso, CA.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Kelso, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 3445
Train ID: AMTK 35
Photo Date: January 03, 1985


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By: James R Doughty

Added: Oct 22, 2018

Views: 1,036
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