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Pearl Harbor Troop Train and San Diego County Railfanning

by Chris Guenzler

12/7/2013 This weekend was the time the 2013 Pearl Harbor Troop Train would be running and we had a storm coming in. I had planned with AC Adam to go to the Great American Train Show at Del Mar on Sunday after we photographed a few more trains in San Diego County. I had Lets Talk trains to host so I was up early and parked in the parking structure just as Pacific Surfliner 763 came into Santa Ana. I walked across the pedestrian bridge then got on the upper level balcony to start my photography.

Pacific Surfliner 763 left Santa Ana for Goleta this morning.

The new message boards they just put in at Santa Ana are much easier to read than the old red ones were. Pacific Surfliner 564 was on approach to Santa Ana.

Pacific Surfliner 564 came into do its station stop at Santa Ana with the Troop Train cars on the rear. I walked down to ground level and walked down the tracks south of the platform past the fence between the tracks to get more pictures.

Pacific Surfliner 564 left Santa Ana.

The private cars of the Troop Train came into view.

Colonial Crafts.

The Acoma.

Overland Trail.

Silver Splendor.

Amtrak 42 the Veteran Unit.

The Amtrak 42 trails Pacific Surfliner 564 out of Santa Ana heading south to San Diego this morning. I went home, got on the LTT Chat Room then hosted this week's Lets Talk Trains show. After the show I went down to 17th Street and sat out in a rain storm while I waited for a 38 minutes late running Pacific Surfliner 573.

Pacific Surfliner 774 showed up first and then I saw Pacific Surfliner 573 pulling into the station.

Pacific Surfliner 573 with Amtrak 42 leading the cars of the Troop Train back north through Santa Ana. Later in the afternoon after going to The Habit to get us dinner I went over to CP Lincoln and waited for Pacific Surfliner 580.

Amtrak 42 was on the rear of Pacific Surfliner 580 but I clicked off the picture just a bit early. I went home and watched two NHL Hockey Games before calling it a night.

12/8/2013 Up early and after breakfast and scraping off ice off my windshield, I drove down to the Santa Ana train station and parked the car in the sun light.

Pacific Surfliner 562 came into Santa Ana and I sat in a Superliner Coach for my trip to Oceanside reading Trains Magazine on the way there. At Oceanside I detrained and went to the Coaster ticket machine to buy my ticket to the Carlsbad Poinsettia stop. I walked over to wait for the train to get here.

Coaster 680 came into Oceanside passing Metrolink 661 which is the train I normally ride on weekends. I boarded a coach for the two stop trip to Carlsbad Poinsettia . San Diego Charger fans boarded the train carrying beer to drink on the way to the game. They were loud fans and I was glad to get off the train when it arrived at Carlsbad Poinsettia.

Coaster 680 left the Carlsbad Poinsettia station and I walked over as AC Adam just pulling up to pick me up. We drove over Poinsettia Lane and found a place to park then walked over to the bridge.

Pacific Surfliner 567 heads north at Poinsettia Lane in Carlsbad.

Pacific Surfliner 564 was running 55 minutes late this morning.

Pacific Surfliner 769 met Pacific Surfliner 564 at Ponto this morning. From here we drove south to Del Mar. AC Adam dropped me off and hiked out to my next photo location.

The photo location for my next series of pictures of Pacific Surfliner 566.

Pacific Surfliner 566 came through Del Mar. From here we drove to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and went to the Great American Train show there.

Views at the Great American Train Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. From here we went to The Habit for AC Adam and I went to Baskin Robbins for an ice cream cone. After that, we headed over to the the Cedros Bridge in Solana Beach.

The view off of the Cedros bridge in Solana Beach with CP Valley below.

Pacific Surfliner 572 left Solana beach on the final lap into San Diego. AC Adam drove me back to the Solana Beach Amtrak station and dropped me off while he parked the car. I visited the Coca-Cola machine before I went down to wait for Pacific Surfliner 579. AC Adam soon joined me down on the northbound platform.

Coaster 688 came into Solana Beach just before Pacific Surfliner 579 did today.

Pacific Surfliner 579 came into Solana Beach and I took a seat in a Superliner Coach. Everything was good until Serra where we had caught up to a very late running Metrolink 663 and had a red. We were on his tail almost all the way to Irvine before we found a green signal. We left Irvine and was back at track speed almost to Santa Ana when we came to a flashing yellow. I detrained at Santa Ana and thought I was done taking pictures for the day.

Pacific Surfliner 579 left Santa Ana and I got into my car. I crossed Santa Ana Blvd on Santiago when on the rear of Pacific Surfliner 580 was Amtrak 42, the Veteran Unit, so I made a quick U-turn and found a place to park south of the station before I walked over to the southern end of the Santa Ana train station platform from some pictures.

Pacific Surfliner 580 left Santa Ana with the Amtrak 42, the Veteran Unit, pushing it to San Diego. From here I went home and wrote the story.