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RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (February, 2014)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org.

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After losing over 45 minutes between Roseville and Colfax, Amtrak train #6 the California Zephyr passes a Sunday work crew doing preliminary work for signal upgrades near MP 165 at Blue Canyon. New bi-directional signals are currently being cut in between Colfax and Gold Run. On the day this photo was taken, February 23, the California drought had seen bare ground all winter. A few days later a huge winter storm came through the area. (Ralph James photo and caption.)

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This winter has been cold, windy, and snowy over most of the country. Here is Amtrak #50, The Cardinal, departing Dyer, Indiana on the evening of February 8 after crossing the Lincoln Highway (US30). (Photo for RailPAC by Steven Crosmer.)

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Construction continues on the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Station (ARTIC), showin with an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner going through on February 17. (Photo by Dave Vornberger.)

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View from the Train Station at Bob Hope Airport. In the background is the covered elevated walkway to the air terminal from the new parking structures and transportation center. In the near future a new bridge will connect the station to the walkway and allow people to walk over and on top of the tracks between platforms. (Photo and caption by Noel Braymer.)

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From one train to another. This view is from the photographer’s February 21 southbound train on the west side of the Los Angeles River looking at a Metrolink train headed east to San Bernardino on the Union Pacific tracks on the east side of the river. The big white building in the distance is LA General Hospital. A few days later the Los Angeles River was filled with runoff from the storms. (Photo by Noel Braymer)

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RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (January, 2014)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org.

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This is the LaJunta, Colorado, station with Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, one of the endangered stations on that route if the train is rerouted or eliminated next year. While the local communities along the route are cranking up their support for maintaining the present train route, as should be the case, Amtrak must consider the effect on towns like LaJunta of a discontinuance. Photo by Daniel Carleton.

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Another celebration for the 150th Anniversary of Caltrain service was held on January 18, 2014, at the Santa Clara station. In this photo a “piper” is making his entrance to the tent where the ceremonies were held. Distinguished guests included members of the Caltrain Board including RailPAC VP North Art Lloyd, who is also a veteran Samtrans Board member. Photo by Bruce Jenkins.

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Expo line Phase 2 work is progressing in Santa Monica. Crews are preparing forms for the 5th Street grade crossing track slab concrete pour on January 23. The last mile of mainline runs along Colorado Avenue and gently curves here into the new 4th Street Terminus Station in the background. Photo and caption by Dave Vornberger.

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At the LOSSAN Board meeting on January 15, 2014 in the City of Orange RailPAC President Paul Dyson presented a plaque to Linda Culp, honoring her work on behalf of Intercity Rail, and a companion certificate of appreciation to Daniel Veeh of SANDAG for the two of them handling the administrative duties of LOSSAN for the last 14 years. A fulltime LOSSAN staff will take over this work at OCTA as the organization reorganizes into its new JPA status. OCTA photo.

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Amtrak General Manager, Long Distance Services, Mark Murphy was a featured speaker at the RailPAC Steel Wheels Conference, speaking to a large, interested crowd, on February 1. More photos and articles about the meeting can be found on this website. Noel Braymer photo.

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RailPAC PHOTOS of the Month (December, 2013)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org. Russ Jackson, Photo page editor. And, a HAPPY NEW YEAR from the RailPAC Staff.

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The Crescent “Baggage Car Train

RailPAC member, Alexander Friedman, was on board the northbound Amtrak Crescent that derailed in South Carolina on November 23, 2013. This is one of his photos from that event. To read his complete report, see “Getting Derailed on the Crescent for Thanksgiving!” on this website, below.

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Amtrak’s new Metropolitan Lounge opened in October, located on the second floor of Los Angeles Union Station, above the rental car booths. It was dedicated in a ceremony in December. RailPAC President, Paul Dyson, attended and wrote an article about the event which is posted on this website. Noel Braymer photo.

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One of the features of the new Metropolitan Lounge at LAUS is the free snack bar available to all travelers that use that facility. Russ Jackson photo.

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Other news from LA Union Station was the effort being made to keep other than train riders from camping out in the waiting room. This sign says only ticketed riders may sit in this area. It doesn’t say where someone waiting to pick up a rider can sit. Noel
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From the Archives. What would winter be like without a photo of a train in the snow? Here a New Mexico Railrunner train waits at the Santa Fe station to depart for Albuquerque and Belen in 2008. Bob Snow photo.

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RailPAC PHOTOS of the Month (November, 2013)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org. Russ Jackson, Photo page editor.

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How’s this for an historic photo? Is that really Mr. & Mrs. Leland Stanford speaking at the Caltrain 150th Anniversary celebration at the Menlo Park station on October 19, 2013? Photo by Bruce Jenkins.

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Eastbound Amtrak Sunset Limited train 2 waits for westbound train 1 to pass at the west edge of Union Pacific’s new classification yard, under construction west of El Paso in October. Photo taken from the rear door window of the Texas Eagle sleeping car by Russ Jackson.

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Union Pacific’s new double track project segment from Tucson west to Picacho opened in November, 2013. This photo, taken from the rear door window on the Sunset Limited Texas Eagle train 2 sleeping car in October, looking west, shows the construction was nearing completion. That is Picacho Peak in the distance on this cloudy Arizona morning. Photo by Russ Jackson.

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Amtrak’s new first class Metropolitan Lounge at Los Angeles Union Station looks out to the tracks. Photo is looking east, by Russ Jackson

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To commemorate the season, this is the Christmas tree in the waiting room at Los Angeles Union Station, in 2012. Each year a tree is displayed for arriving passengers to see. Photo by Noel Braymer.

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Six RailPAC PHOTOS of the Month (from October, 2013)

Here are this month’s 6 photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org. Russ Jackson, Photo page editor.

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Amtrak opened its Metropolitan Lounge at Los Angeles Union Station in early October. First class (sleeping car) passengers can reach it by taking the elevator beside the rental car location near the ticket windows. In this photo an early customer was RailPAC VP South James Smith, who was traveling on the Coast Starlight. He is checking in with attendant Stephanie. (Russ Jackson photo)

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Tucson, Arizona is building a light rail/trolley system that will extend from the University of Arizona’s Medical Center to downtown and the municipal buildings. Their first car, seen here, arrived in early October. (Russ Jackson photo)

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RailPAC held its annual meeting in San Francisco on October 5 at a site near the Caltrain station, the Muni line, and across the street from the Giants baseball AT&T park. (Noel Braymer photo)

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A featured speaker at the RailPAC meeting was California High Speed Rail Authority Chairman, Dan Richard, who entertained the crowd with a funny and charming talk about the progress of the project. Richard is confident it will be a success once built. (Noel Braymer photo)

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In October Caltrain celebrated its 150th anniversary of transporting commuters. An event was held at the Menlo Park station on October 19, attended by RailPAC VP North Art Lloyd and Director Bruce Jenkins. In this photo the MC, State Senator Jerry Hill, is telling the crowd that “It’s a great day not just for Caltrain, but for the communities it serves.” (Bruce Jenkins photo)

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The Menlo Park Caltrain station is a good example of the classic architecture and design of the stations on its 50 mile Peninsula line. (Bruce Jenkins photo)

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RailPAC PHOTOS of the Month (September, 2013)

Here are this month’s 5 photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org.

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Two Metrolink trains connected together, at the Oceanside Transit Center. On September 20 RailPAC’s Noel Braymer was on board. “Everything was normal until we left the City of Commerce station on Metrolink #604 after leaving LAUS on time at 4:30 PM on Friday September 20, 2013. We barely cleared the station around 4:45 PM when we came to a halt.” See his full trip report on this website. (Photo by Noel Braymer)

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The Fullerton, California station, with the photographer standing on the pedestrian bridge, looking northwest, at about 11:45 a.m. on September 14. On the left is southbound Pacific Surfliner #572 from Los Angeles, using the low-level cars. The bilevel Surfliner on the right was northbound #769 to Los Angeles. (Photo by Alek Friedman)

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Photographer Friedman arrived on the train at Fullerton in order to transfer to this bus, #4968, to Palm Springs. The bus “thankfully stops right in the middle of downtown Palm Springs, not at the train station,” twice daily, but riders must purchase a train ticket to ride the bus. (Alek Friedman photo)

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Back in Fullerton at the end of the trip, this BNSF freight train lumbers through the station. Friedman reports the bus ridership was low eastbound. Westbound it was quite high; “by the time we picked up a half dozen passengers in Riverside nearly all rows were filled on the very fast very comfortable bus ride.”
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From the RailPAC photo archives: In August, 2005, these three RailPAC “suits” gathered to help choose the new menu items for the Amtrak California lounge car meals. (left-right) Art Lloyd, Bruce Jenkins, and Bill Kerby were happy to partake of the new cuisine offerings served up by Caltrans’ Food & Beverage Supervisor Marguerite Monahan. All three eaters are veteran rail advocates, having been involved in rail issues for decades. (Russ Jackson photo)

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RailPAC PHOTOS of the Month (August, 2013)

Here are 5 photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org.

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RailPAC President Paul Dyson presented a plaque of appreciation to Jacki Bacharach for all her support for passenger rail in her years on the LOSSAN Corridor Board. The LOSSAN Corridor meeting was held in San Diego on August 23. (Noel Braymer photo)

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The Benson, Arizona stop for Amtrak’s Sunset Limited now has a new shelter and a new sign at the same location, the Patagonia St. crossing. The new 6 x 8 shelter replaces an old shack that opened only to track side. This one sits on the old pad. Some trains must double or triple stop here to discharge passengers, as well as other stations on the line, because there is no platform. (Richard Strandberg photo)

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San Joaquin with comet cars 8-1-2013
San Joaquin trains 711 and 718 now run with low level cars. This consist for the August 1 first run, seen at Oakley, was Cabbage (formerly an F-40 locomotive converted to be a control cab) 219, 2 Amfleet cars, a Horizon Cafe car, 2 more Amfleet coaches, and 3 of the new Comet cars, with locomotive Amtrak 41. (Robert Heywood photo)

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A San Diego Trolley is approaching the downtown San Diego station. The photographer was getting off a Coaster and headed into downtown for the LOSSAN meeting last week and month. This shows the zig zags non Amtrak passengers have to take to head towards downtown or to get into the Depot building because Amtrak closes a gate they have put in when there are no Amtrak trains loading or unloading.
(Noel Braymer photo)

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From the RailPAC Archives: This group of officials have dedicated the new Yolo Causeway construction east of Davis in November, 2006. In the group on the right is the Capitol Corridor’s managing director, Gene Skoropowski. At that time, for financial reasons, a crossover was not part of the project, but in 2013 a new crossover is in operation near this site, the only one between Davis and West Sacramento, which makes operations on the line more efficient. (Russ Jackson photo)

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RailPAC PHOTOS of the Month (June-July, 2013)

Here are 5 photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org. THIS MONTH: Los Angeles Union Station, Newhall station, North Hollywood, the Ft. Worth Intermodal Center, and BICYCLES!

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There is still no replacement for Union Bagel in the LAUS waiting room. An Amtrak “Metropolitan” first class lounge for long distance passengers is under construction on the second level above the rental car location, which is scheduled to open in September, 2013. (Noel Braymer photo)

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All the display advertising in the pedestrian tunnel leading to the tracks at LAUS are for NBC’s Spanish language TV station, Telemundo. (Noel Braymer photo)

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A southbound Metrolink train arriving at the Newhall, CA, station on June 16, 2013. (Noel Braymer photo)

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Bicycles at the North Hollywood Red Line Subway station, showing that many train riders arrive to ride the trains by means other than cars. (Noel Braymer photo)

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Passengers arriving on Amtrak, the TRE Commuter line, on a bus or other means can rent bicycles from this location at the Ft. Worth, TX, Intermodal Center. (Russ Jackson photo)

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RailPAC Photos of the Month, May, 2013

Here are 5 photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org. THIS MONTH: Reno, Van Nuys, Sacramento, Metrolink, Santa Paula.

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The refurbished very busy Van Nuys Amtrak-Metrolink station. Station agent Monique Curry greets guests. (Photo by Paul Dyson)

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Amtrak’s new Northeast Corridor electric locomotives are being constructed at the Siemens plant in Sacramento. The rollout of the first units took place in early May. (Amtrak photo courtesy Marcus Jung)

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The eastbound California Zephyr, train #6, has arrived in the Reno trench station 10 minutes early on the photographer’s first Zephyr trip across Donner Pass. (Photo by Mike Palmer)

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The latest Steel Wheels mentioned Ventura County and the endangered former SP Santa Paula branch…as you might have heard, Pacific Railroad Society chartered a train to run the entire route, on May 18, 2013. I was on that train and spent most of the time in an open-air car. Here is a pic at the Santa Paula station… (Photo by Mike Palmer)

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The graphic display outside the new Metrolink Rotem cars showing the train number and the origination and destination terminals. (Photo by Noel Braymer)

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RailPAC Rail Photos of the Month (April, 2013)

Here are 5 photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org. THIS MONTH: Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

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The Denton County, Texas, A-Train, diesel-powered commuter trains travel between Denton and the Dallas DART transfer station in North Carrollton. This train is at the Highland Village-Lewisville Lake station, midway between the two stations and where the northbound and southbound trains meet on the single track ex-MKT line. The line carries over 2,000 riders daily and has Saturday service. (Photo by Russ Jackson)

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It’s “Earth Day” April 22, 2013, at Dallas Union Station. On the left, the on-time Amtrak Texas Eagle has departed for Ft. Worth, but is held for a Union Pacific inbound freight to clear, while on the right a DART light rail Blue Line train is arriving at the station. In the distance a BNSF freight train waits for Amtrak to clear the junction. (Photo by Russ Jackson)

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From the RailPAC Archives. A New Mexico Railrunner train has just arrived at the Santa Fe Station on a snowy day in the winter of 2009. Despite financial problems, the Railrunner continues to carry passengers between Santa Fe and Belen, with stops along the way including the historic Albuquerque train station. Check the RailPAC Archives in the column to the right on this page! (Photo by Bob Snow)

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In 2012 the Union Pacific and the State of Arizona completed a realignment of the former SP line east of Tucson, AZ, so it would parallel rather than cross Interstate 10 near Mescal. Shown here is the old railroad bridge. In the distance is a string of grain cars that are now stored on the former line, which is accessible only from the east end. (Photo by Richard Strandberg)

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This is the same location as photo 4, AFTER the rail bridge was demolished on March 8, 2013. Interstate 10 will be re-built, also, with a long bridge crossing Cienega Wash. The realigned UP tracks are in service. The reason for the removal of the rail bridge was primarily because the clearance under it was too low for some modern interstate trucks. (Photo by Richard Strandberg)