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Los Angeles Union Station Summer Trainfest 7/15/2017



by Chris Guenzler



Steve Grande sent me an E-mail about covering this event. I called Robin who agreed to come along as he would board Metrolink 661 that I would be on. Saturday morning arrived and after a good breakfast I drove down to the Santa Ana station where I parked in the parking structure before I bought my Saturday Metrolink weekend pass. I then waited for Pacific Surfliner 562 to arrive into Santa Ana.



Pacific Surfliner 562 arrived at Santa Ana and I boarded the last car. The conductor scanned my ten ride ticket and I showed him my new calendar for 2018. The train stopped in Irvine before I arrived into San Juan Capistrano. We then met Pacific Surfliner 565 before arriving at Oceanside and I detrained.





My favorite American Flag.





The San Clemente Pier.







United States Marines were out on maneuvers this last week. We then meet Pacific Surfliner 565 before we arrived into Oceanside and I detrained.





CP Pacific at the south end of the Oceanside station leading to the Track 3 platform that many trains use during the day as the platform out in front of the Oceanside station is closed for construction. My Metrolink train 661 is also is in the picture ready to take me to LAUPT this morning. I boarded a busy train and took a table on the inland side. We stopped at the San Clemente Pier, San Clemente North Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Tustin, then had to flag McFadden Street in Santa Ana before we arrived at that station. Robin soon joined me and we stopped in Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton, Buena Park and Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs.





Along the LA River a Union Pacific power move before we stopped to let the Coast Starlight leave LAUPT for Seattle. We then headed to LAUPT where we found Christy Walker in the front car who would join us. We detrained with me wearing my Railnews Press Pass and it was a good thing I had it with me. The guy said we are closed until noon so I showed him my press pass, walked in and took all the pictures I wanted.





Metrolink F125 911 was on display along with Metrolink Wrapped Safety Car.





Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751 was the whole reason I came here this morning. Now let us go see the passenger cars on display.





Observation Car Tioga Pass.



Pacific Railroad Society Sleeper National Forum PAR 1207.





Southern Pacific Overland Trail Lounge Car.





Southern Pacific Amber Trail Coach Car.





Amtrak Coast Starlight Business Class Car 34515.





Amtrak Diner 37000.





Pacific Surfliner Business Class Car Balboa Park 6851. With that I walked back to the waiting Metrolink 662 for the trip home to Santa Ana. Christy first joined me followed by Robin and we rode back to Santa Ana while Christy went home to Irvine. The ended the coverage of a fantastic event.



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