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  1. Honey, this doesn't look like Salinas

    Honey, this doesn't look like Salinas

    The southbound Coast Starlight is over ten hours late after a detour over the Oregon Trunk at Gibson, California. A tunnel fire in Oregon's Cascades necessitated the reroute. The UP locomotive on the point was added at Portland due to the cab signal system in the Columbia River Gorge. Next...
  2. That new locomotive smell

    That new locomotive smell

    Brand new SSW 9701 helps pull the "Shasta Daylight 1990" excursion in the Sacramento River Canyon.
  3. ME 4231 C424

    ME 4231 C424

  4. Two at Texum

    Two at Texum

    Southern Pacific\'s PTLAT meets Amtrak\'s Coast Starlight at Texum siding near Klamath Falls, Oregon.
  5. Surprise Starlight

    Surprise Starlight

    Sporting three different locomotive models in three different paint schemes, the Coast Starlight rolls through Penoyar, California in September 1995. Next stop: Klamath Falls.
  6. Through the Golden Light

    Through the Golden Light

    An Amtrak Hiawatha Service train heads south past a farm with a beautiful sunset in the background.
  7. Southwest Explorer at Irving TX

    Southwest Explorer at Irving TX

    Rare move with Amtrak 145 leading the passenger special down the former FRISCO to Irving TX. Will turn west on the TRE sub to Ft Worth TX.
  8. Chicago Union

    Chicago Union

    One of my favorite things about AMTRAK, is all the cute SW1000s, MP15s and other engines used for switching at major terminals. Unfortunately the massive Chicago complex uses two GATX GP38-2s, commonly found on numerous shortilines & industrials throughout North America.
  9. AMTK 27 in the Gorge

    AMTK 27 in the Gorge

    AMTK 469 leads the Spokane-Portland portion of the Empire Builder past the bluffs at Avery, on its journey through the Columbia River gorge.
  10. The Chief Crossing over Harbor Blvd.

    The Chief Crossing over Harbor Blvd.

    The Chicago bound Southwest Chief pulls into Fullerton as it crosses over Habor Blvd.
  11. Looking up at the Chief

    Looking up at the Chief

    The Southwest Chief makes its stop at Fullerton on its journey to Chicago.
  12. Chief Conductor and His Shadow

    Chief Conductor and His Shadow

    The conductor of the Chicago bound Southwest Chief looks the end of the train to see if the passengers have finished boarding before departing Fullerton on a rainy night in southern California.
  13. Crossing the James at Lynchburg

    Crossing the James at Lynchburg

    Amtrak #176 crossing the James River just after leaving Lynchburg, VA. It is bound for Washington and points north all the way Boston.
  14. 589 Departing Fullerton

    589 Departing Fullerton

    Amtak train 589 departs Fullerton for Los Angeles after making it scheduled stop. The brakes were airing when I was setting up for this shot. I like the result.
  15. The Crescent at Faber, VA

    The Crescent at Faber, VA

    The northbound Crescent rolls through Faber on a humid August morning. Soon it will coming to a stop in Charlottesville, VA.
  16. Rolling by the Kudzu

    Rolling by the Kudzu

    The new Northeast Regional train from Lynchburg, VA rolls through Faber on its way the Washington and New York.
  17. Down Hill to Charlottesville, VA

    Down Hill to Charlottesville, VA

    Soon this morning's northbound Crescent will be arriving in Charlottesville, VA
  18. Charlottesville in Ten Minutes

    Charlottesville in Ten Minutes

    The northbound Lynchburg Amtrak for Washington and New York scoots under the Arrowhead Valley Road overpass.
  19. Surfliner Arriving @ Fullerton

    Surfliner Arriving @ Fullerton

    Amtrak train 589 passes through the signal for EBCS Fullerton Jct. as it makes its scheduled stop at Fullerton on its way to Los Angeles.
  20. Surfliner Conductor

    Surfliner Conductor

    One of the conductors on a northbound Pacific Surfliner looks toward the front of the train during its scheduled stop at Fullerton. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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