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Amtrak Transcontinentals in California
California-bound rail travelers from the east have three choices to reach the Golden State: California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle. A look back through the years including the now-defunct Desert Wind
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Photo ID: 759696

A tardy Southwest Chief maneuvers its way down Cajon Pass as the sun casts daylight onto the surrounding landscape. Much of the foliage has withered away over the dry winter, with only one signifi... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Cajon Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 134
Train ID: A03-08
Photo Date: January 10, 2021


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By: Nathaniel Holguin

Added: Jan 11, 2021

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Photo ID: 759632

A late running Amtrak 3 passes thru the Colton/Grand Terrace area in early morning.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Colton, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 134
Train ID: 3
Photo Date: January 09, 2021


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By: Matthew Griffin

Added: Jan 10, 2021

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Photo ID: 759446

Amtrak's California Zephyr splits the Southern Pacific signals as it accelerates out of the resort town of Truckee.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 83
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: January 06, 2020


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By: Will Ebbert

Added: Jan 09, 2021

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Photo ID: 755026

Just after sunrise, the westbound Sunset Limited has arrived on time at Los Angeles.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P30CH
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 723
Train ID: NRPC 1
Photo Date: October 23, 1985


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Nov 22, 2020

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Photo ID: 754231

Amtrak train 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, is running 6 hours 15 minutes late as it passes through Esperanza, in the western end of Santa Ana Canyon. This train experienced a 4-hour... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Yorba Linda, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 148
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: November 14, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Nov 15, 2020

Views: 1,298
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Photo ID: 751854

Running on the south track on Cajon Pass, the westbound Desert Wind is two hours into its journey from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City/Chicago.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Cajon, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 253
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: May 06, 1984


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By: Doug Lilly

Added: Oct 23, 2020

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Photo ID: 751227

Almost an hour down Amtrak No. 5, the westbound California Zephyr, climbs thru the Truckee River Canyon from Reno Nevada to it's next stop in Truckee Ca.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Roseville Subdivision, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 199
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 09, 2020


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Oct 17, 2020

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Photo ID: 749895

It is sunset, both literally and figuratively, for Amtrak’s long-distance trains, as on October 12, 2020, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, San Francisco Zephyr, Empire Builder and more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Fullerton, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 148
Train ID: AMTK 4
Photo Date: September 30, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Oct 03, 2020

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Photo ID: 749245

Amtrak train 1, the westbound Sunset Limited, is due into Los Angeles Union Station at 8:30 am, but the train arrived much earlier as it was already in the station shortly after 7:00 am. B... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 66
Train ID: AMTK 1
Photo Date: July 03, 2011


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Sep 26, 2020

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Photo ID: 743517

Departing the station in Pomona CA is Amtrak’s train 36, the Ogden UT-bound Desert Wind. On this day, a pair of F40PHs, 214 and 249, are in charge of this nine-car train. There is a lot o... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Pomona, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 214
Train ID: AMTK 36
Photo Date: January 03, 1981


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 27, 2020

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Photo ID: 742678

Two-month-old Amtrak 50 is the first of a pair of P42DCs pulling a seven-car Desert Wind (train 35) around a curve in the Mojave Desert as the train heads toward Los Angeles from Ogden. Th... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Hodge, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 50
Train ID: AMTK 35
Photo Date: March 22, 1997


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Jul 18, 2020

Views: 1,665
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Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 740644

AMTK 167 leads the Chicago bound train up track 3 in Cajon Pass as night overtakes day.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Cajon Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 167
Train ID: AMTK 4
Photo Date: June 20, 2020


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By: Ken Szok

Added: Jun 27, 2020

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Photo ID: 737877

A late running westbound California Zephyr is seen approaching Soda Springs, CA, on Thanksgiving Day 2019, having crested Donner Summit two miles east of here. Less than 48 hours prior there was n... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Soda Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 23
Train ID: 5
Photo Date: November 28, 2019


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By: Sean Moran

Added: May 31, 2020

Views: 1,406
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Photo ID: 736075

As Amtrak train 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief, departs Los Angeles Union Station, Metrolink train 328 (behind SCAX MP36PH-3C 888, also departs L.A.’s Union Station. Both trains are runn... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 42
Train ID: ATMK 4
Photo Date: May 13, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: May 14, 2020

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Photo ID: 735952

When Amtrak 3, the westbound Southwest Chief, departed Chicago, it had the usual five-car reduced consist due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Engines 42 and 41, sleeper 32097, dining car 38034, ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Anaheim, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 42
Train ID: AMTK 3
Photo Date: May 13, 2020


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By: Craig Walker

Added: May 13, 2020

Views: 3,003
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