Rail PHOTOS of the Month (January, 2013) January 24th, 2013
Here are 5 photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on the photo to see it full size!
Riding the Train the Day the World was suppose to End December 29th, 2012
Report and Photos by Noel T. Braymer
Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them
I woke up early on December 21st and noticed that the world hadn’t ended so I decided that it was good day to go for a train ride. I arrived at my local station in Oceanside for the 7:35 AM departure of Metrolink 850 to Riverside. I like this train because I can sleep later than the trains going directly to Los Angeles for the morning commute and I can also use it to go to Riverside or make a connection to San Bernardino. The 850 is never crowded and I think that is because few know about the connections with this train. Metrolink doesn’t recognize the connections on its web site or when buying tickets. I’d like to see all Metrolink trains from Oceanside connect with Coaster Trains and in Orange County connect to Inland Empire Metrolink trains. This would boost ridership and increase the places you can go by train at little extra cost.
2012: A look Back in Pictures December 22nd, 2012
Edited by Noel T. Braymer
Much happened with rail service in California and the best way to show it is to look back with photos. To enlarge a picture place cursor over the picture and left click with mouse.
PHOTOS of the MONTH from RailPAC (November) November 23rd, 2012
Here are 5 photos taken by RailPAC photographers. Clic on the photo to see it full size!
PHOTOS of the Month: October, 2012 October 25th, 2012
5 new Rail PHOTOS taken by RailPAC Photographers!
To Sacramento by way of the Sunset Limited-Texas Eagle October 12th, 2012
Photo and Trip Report in newly rebuilt Superliner cars by Russ Jackson, RailPAC
“It isn’t the destination it’s the journey.” That’s what the retired doctor sitting across from us in the Sunset Limited dining car said about train travel. He was the personification of that statement, as his trip started in Seattle on the Coast Starlight, joined us on the Sunset Limited on our return journey to Ft. Worth from attending the RailPAC Steel Wheels Conference in Sacramento, and stayed on the Texas Eagle to Chicago where he would board the Empire Builder for his trip home. That’s a veteran train traveler, and the type who is willing to spend to enjoy his trips. We all were satisfied travelers, pleased with our journey and the opportunities to see the country close up. There was a full train-load of passengers both ways, with “on’s” and “off’s” at every station.
RailPAC Photos of the Month (September 2012) October 1st, 2012
Each month we will select some recent photos, and/or archived photos by RailPAC photographers.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief: Anything new? July 24th, 2012
Report (with PHOTOS) and Comments by Russ Jackson
How is Train #3 doing into Los Angeles Union Station this summer? The short answer is, not bad, but with a few exceptions. On May 24, 2012, the Southwest Chief departed Chicago Union Station on time, with three non-regular consist cars on the end and Amtrak CEO, Joseph Boardman taking a long summer trip “getting out to ride the trains and visit with the (employees) who do all the things needed to serve our customers.” He rode several trains in that two-week period. How did Amtrak and the BNSF handle his Southwest Chief? It was 31 minutes late at Raton, NM, but by the time it arrived in Los Angeles it was 3 hours and 52 minutes late.
The Sunset Route: What’s happening there? A photo report. March 30th, 2012
Report and Comments by Russ Jackson, RailPAC, Dallas. PHOTOS by Richard Strandberg, Mike Palmer, Russ Jackson. Maps from the Amtrak timetable.
Report and photos by Robert Manning, RailPAC Executive VP
The temporary Transportation Center in the heart of downtown Indio, witnessed more people then anyone could have imagined on this special day. Two temporary modular buildings now house the Greyhound bus station and the future passenger train facility which will be built.