By Russ Jackson, RailPAC website Editor
The photos below represent the many of MY PHOTOS that appeared on this site during 2007. They are worth a second look! My thanks to the other contributing photographers this year, including Noel Braymer, Mike Palmer, Mike Barnbaum, and Bob Snow.
PHOTO OF THE YEAR
The Deming, New Mexico Amtrak “flag stop.” This photo, posted in a comprehensive article on the Sunset Limited stops of Benson, AZ, Lordsburg and Deming, NM., in May shows two benches and a sign on a one-way street crossing, which is used as a “platform.”
FIRST RUNNER UP
Amtrak President Alex Kummant spoke to the RailPAC/NARP meeting, the biggest rail advocacy meeting ever in California, on March 17 in Los Angeles.
OTHERS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
When the bridge fire wiped out the Union Pacific line just east of Sacramento on March 15 the California Zephyr route was altered, with passengers from west of there bused to Roseville. Here it is seen pulling up to the Roseville station for boarding on March 24.
Amtrak California Thruway bus arrives at the Dunsmuir bus station at the foot of Mt. Shasta on July 27. It was a beautiful day up there, and this connecting bus arriving from Medford, Oregon, was carrying passengers but could use more.
The first two rebuilt Superliner coaches, arrived for use on the Capitols and San Joaquins in August. This one was on a Capitol at Davis. Five more, in California colors, are due to arrive in the Spring increasing capacity on the trains.
On September 15 Caltrans Director, Will Kempton, was the featured speaker at the RailPAC Fall Conference at the California State Rail Museum in Sacramento, joining an all-star panel.
On November 20 it was worth getting up early to be a “railfan” waiting for the eastbound California Zephyr sprint across Solano County carrying the Grandluxe cars on the back end. While waiting for it the southbound Coast Starlight came through as did an eastbound Capitol. Great train watching that day!