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Tioga Pass to San Diego 6/2/2013

by Chris Guenzler

I received an ad from Trainorders about a $50 trip one way deadhead move aboard the Tioga Pass and I decided to do it. I called Norm and he said just bring a check with me as usual. I got AC Adam to come so I would go down to San Diego to meet him. I got my return Amtrak ticket and I was almost all set for the trip. I told Chris Parker about it and he would try and make it. That Sunday morning I drove down to the Santa Ana station and waited for Pacific Surfliner 562 to arrive.

Pacific Surfliner 562 pulled into Santa Ana on time and I boarded the Superliner coach as usual for my trip to Oceanside.

Views of the rebuilding of the new bridge across the San Margarita River north of Oceanside. We arrived into Oceanside and I bought my Coaster round trip ticket to San Diego.

Pacific Surfliner 562 leaves Oceanside for San Diego.

Views of the Metrolink Angels Baseball train car.

The Metrolink train I did not have to ride this morning.

The Coaster 680 train arrived into Oceanside and I boarded the Cab Car for the trip to San Diego. Once there AC Adam found me and was upset that he could no longer get a Regional Day Pass for the San Diego Trolley ticket machine in Santee. The only place you can get one now is from Sprinter or Coaster ticket machines. The Rock'n Roll Marathon was taking place so the Coaster ran a train out of Oceanside at 4:30 AM so runners could get to the start of the race on time. It had a pair of shrink wrapped cars on it.

For you love UC San Diego.

The San Diego County Fair. I showed AC Adam my program for OCRHS Meeting for tomorrow night so he would not have to come up to Santa Ana tomorrow night. The trip to Oceanside got us through most of it and we would finish it on the Metrolink train.

Coaster 681 at rest in Oceanside.

Metrolink 660 came into Oceanside and we boarded it as Metrolink train 665 for Los Angeles and took a table in the Rotem car so I could now plug in my computer and show AC the rest of the program. That finished as we hit the surf south of San Clemente and we relaxed the rest of the way to LAUPT.

These three private cars and engine would be added to Surfliner 573 when it arrived to leave at 4:10 PM as Surfliner 582 for San Diego.

Engine 460 looks good in the fresh paint it wears.

Private Car Utah.

Private Car Silver Splendor.

Private Car Tioga Pass.

The view of all three private cars waiting to be connected onto the Amtrak train.

The Metrolink Train. We went to Philippe's for lunch which was very good and met Phli and Wilson from Tehachapi who both would be riding with us on the Tioga Pass. Back at the train later, we met Norm Orfall owner of the Tioga Pass who after he let us board we paid him for our trip to San Diego today.

AC Adam aboard the Tioga Pass.

Me aboard the Tioga Pass. Also with us aboard the Tioga Pass was Norm and Brad Orfall, Chris Parker, Larry, Wilson, Phil and Dave for our trip to San Diego this afternoon.

The train left Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal right on time for San Diego with the Tioga Pass, Silver Splendor and Utah plus engine 460 on the rear end.

Running along the Los Angeles River.

The train took the Flyover across the Alameda Corridor and the Los Angeles River.

Hobart Tower and I returned to my chair in the Tioga Pass.

Action at the rear door of the Tioga Pass.

CP College. I went back to the platform for Santa Ana.

The train came into, stopped and then departed my home station of Santa Ana.

The Blimp Hangars.

Saddleback Mountain.

The Orange Balloon for the Great Park. I returned inside the Tioga Pass until the train took the siding at CP Capistrano.

Pacific Surfliner 785 for Goleta went by us as we waited in the siding.

The train returned to the mainline at CP Serra. We would now start the beach running to our next stop at the San Clemente Pier.

Our beach running.

Our train stopped at the prefect spot at San Clemente Pier.

The rest of our run along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. I returned inside the Tioga Pass until we neared Stuart Mesa.

The Pacific Sun Railroad at Stuart Mesa.

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