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    It Never Rains in Southern California

    Hi all,

    Back again making references to decades-old music (oldies will always be goldies). Anyhow, lets get to the screen shots. First up. Amtrak's northbound Coast Starlight train 14. These screenshots focus on the stretch north of Santa Barbara. In my opinion, the prettiest stretch of Jeff Farquhar's Surfliner 2. Unfortunately, also the least busy.

    Residual delays impacted Amtrak 14, departed Santa Barbara 2 minutes late.


    Gaviota Trestle, ubiquitous with the Surfline. (Pardon the texture flickers, it must've been due to the zoom distance)


    Somewhere out along the remote shoreline.


    We had to wait about 45 minutes for 790 at Lompoc. Unfortunately due to sidings out of service we weren't able to meet at a more efficient location. Dispatcher preferred to keep the Surfliner on time.


    Arrived into San Luis Obispo about 25 minutes late. The "Pointless Arrow" bench is a nice touch! Amtrak 11 had just left prior to our arrival.


    EK
    Last edited by ekeating; 05-16-2020, 07:19 PM. Reason: Revise typo

    #2
    Man what you know about Tony! Toni! Tone lol nice pics.

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      #3
      Just returned south this evening on Amtrak 11. Once again focusing on north of Santa Barbara.

      The train was late coming south from San Jose. We left SLO around 30 minutes late.


      Brief street running in Guadalupe.


      Vast emptiness has a spectacular beauty to it on the rural California Coast. Not too far from Vandenberg here.


      Closer towards Goleta, looks like the old road bridge still stands here.


      After a delay meeting 777, we arrived into Santa Barbara about an hour late. But, due to padding in the schedule, most of that time was made up on the run into LAUPT.


      EK

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        #4
        Yesterday I did a round trip to San Diego, went down in the morning on train 562 and came back north on 583.

        Heading south out of LA, today's Amtrak 14 is finishing fueling in the coach yards.


        San Clemente Pier


        Arrived in San Diego, had about a 9 hour layover.


        Coming back north, out of Oceanside.


        San Clemente Pier again, this time we stopped.


        EK

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          #5
          Yesterday's run was southbound on Amtrak 580.

          Passing the coach yards just outside of LAUPT.


          Between Orange and Santa Ana.


          The commuter train layover yard at Stuart Mesa. On weekends this yard is almost full.


          EK

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            #6
            Going back north we went from San Diego to Goleta on evening train 785.

            Leaving San Diego


            Along the water near Del Mar Surf


            Quick stop at Poinsettia station to meet a southbound train. xtremepadrefan wasn't there today!


            On the north side, here we stop at Glendale.


            Relaxed patrons look out the window to see the neighborhood of Chatsworth enjoy their early summer evening. Here we met Amtrak 11.


            EK

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              #7
              This route always amazes me.............
              Rick

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                #8
                Earlier this week we took 768 south from Goleta to San Diego

                The ubiquitous RVs and Campers along the Pacific Coast Highway at Rincon Beach. Known by the railroad as Seacliff.


                Stopped in Ventura.


                Stopping at Northridge, 761 is the only other Surfliner that stops here.


                Approaching Bob Hope airport, an inbound flight is on final to runway 8.


                Departing LAUPT to head to San Diego, the outbound Coast Starlight is being prepped on the adjacent platform.


                EK

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                  #9
                  One last surfliner trip is Amtrak 565 last Sunday morning.

                  Leaving San Diego


                  Carlsbad


                  Oceanside


                  Almost to San Juan Capistrano


                  Looking out of the dome car in Fullerton


                  EK
                  Last edited by ekeating; 06-25-2020, 11:01 AM. Reason: Fix thread URLs

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                    #10
                    Beautiful!!!!!!!!
                    Rick

                    http:\\mononrr.com

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                      #11
                      Different route, same area. So I figure I can keep it on the same thread!

                      My maiden voyage on Jeff Farquhar's Cima Subdivision from Yermo to Arden. We took a coal empty this morning to Arden, mostly to get familiar with the route.

                      Darkness still covered the desert when we left Yermo.


                      Dawn was starting to break through Afton Canyon.


                      Starting the stiff 2.0%+ grade to Cima at Kelso.


                      One of the mainly searchlight installments still on Cima Sub at East End Borax.


                      Arden was full when we arrived, the grain train on the siding was preparing to leave. The outbound crew was hopping on as we pulled up to the yard office.


                      EK

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                        #12
                        While hiding in my Covid 19 foxhole (while at the same time getting used to semi-retirement) I downloaded Jeff's Cima Sub route and set about doing some activity research, just for something to do. What resulted was a half dozen runs, split evenly eastbound and westbound, IM, loaded coal and grain, empty ethanol, and manifest. I used Union Pacific's instructions on tons per operative dynamic brake and best guesses on horsepower per ton. I especially wanted to get an idea how UP gets heavy westbounds down the hill to Kelso. Boy, I sweated that first trip with a 10,000+ ton train of Trona coal. But I got it balanced and down the grade at a rock solid 15 mph. That's simulated railroading at its most realistic. Thanks for sharing the pics EK...it is one heck of a route for train handling freaks like me!

                        Uncle E
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by klsc85 View Post
                          While hiding in my Covid 19 foxhole (while at the same time getting used to semi-retirement) I downloaded Jeff's Cima Sub route and set about doing some activity research, just for something to do. What resulted was a half dozen runs, split evenly eastbound and westbound, IM, loaded coal and grain, empty ethanol, and manifest. I used Union Pacific's instructions on tons per operative dynamic brake and best guesses on horsepower per ton. I especially wanted to get an idea how UP gets heavy westbounds down the hill to Kelso. Boy, I sweated that first trip with a 10,000+ ton train of Trona coal. But I got it balanced and down the grade at a rock solid 15 mph. That's simulated railroading at its most realistic. Thanks for sharing the pics EK...it is one heck of a route for train handling freaks like me!
                          I'm used this empty to get familiar with the route. Interestingly enough, the train handling on this route is very similar to MLT's Rogers Pass that I ran early this year (ruling grade up to 1.3% WB and 2.4% EB). There's about 3 intermodals and 2 manifests each way. There's also a loaded autorack train that runs westbound, the empties are tacked on various eastbound intermodals. Plus the occasional coal and grain traffic. Before I stray away from Cima I will be doing either a loaded grain or coal train to test my skills!

                          EK

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                            #14
                            Came back to Yermo on an Autorack train bound for the LA/LB area.

                            Coming through the bridge just east of Basin after meeting an eastbound.


                            The searchlights at Field.


                            Photographing from inside an abandoned Gas Station near Yermo.


                            The signal bridge at West Yermo.


                            Hopping off at Yermo, letting the Long Beach crew take over from here!


                            EK

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                              #15
                              This evening, got "called" for an M-WCNPB to Arden.

                              Getting ready to pull from Yermo.


                              Near Field siding, the sun starting to set.


                              Approaching Afton Canyon, like the sign says!


                              Meeting one at Joshua siding.


                              Into Arden under darkness. Time to get some sleep!


                              EK

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