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A Trip to San Bernardino 4/29/2017

by Chris Guenzler

With no train service to the south due to track construction projects I decide to ride out to San Bernardino to see the new train platforms there. So I got up early drove to the Santa Ana train station and parked in the parking structure. I bought my Metrolink Saturday Day Pass and walked the Santa Ana Blvd grade crossing to get to Track 1.

Deadheading Pacific Surfliner 763 equipment set flew through Santa Ana on its way to becoming the real Pacific Surfliner 763 this morning. Amtrak is running only to Irvine and Metrolink stopping all of its train service at Laguna Niguel so this is the reason for me going to San Bernardino this day.

Pacific Surfliner 1761 arrived into Santa Ana with the Vino Trains cars at the front end. I enjoyed a Coca-Cola on my way to Los Angeles this morning. It was a quick trip so I stepped off and walked to the front of the train and around to the other side.

The front end of Pacific Surfliner 1761.

The Overland Trail

The Pacific Trail.

The Acoma.

Amtrak Veteran Cabbage Car 90208. After a stop at the bathroom, I tapped my Metrolink ticket at the subway gate then went to platform to wait for a Purple Line Train to Wilshire/Western. It came about fifteen minutes later and I made my round trip with no problems. I returned to Union Station then went up to Track 6 to board Metrolink 354 for San Bernardino. The train left on time and passed the first westbound train at Bassett. Later I took some more pictures along the line.

The Santa Fe station in Claremont.

The Santa Fe station in Upland.

Later we crossed the flyover into San Bernardino and we used the new station platform. I detrained a happy railfan.

The new Metrolink signal bridge in San Bernardino.

Metrolink train 364 at rest at San Bernardino.

Metrolink train 364 at rest at San Bernardino. I went inside the San Bernardino station and walked through the railroad museum before going back outside on a very nice pleasant day at San Bernardino. I later boarded Metrolink 359 for my return trip to Los Angeles. There I had two Wetzel Pretzels then walked to track 8 where the signs read "Metrolink 664 will operate 1 hour late due to bus bridge problems." I was not a happy camper. "A Metrolink official then came by and said "The train would be here in ten minutes" Sure enough, the train arrived into LAUPT at 2:10 PM and we left at 2:23 PM, 23 minutes late.

Three of the Metrolink's new F125 locomotives at the Keller Yard.

Amtrak Veteran Unit 42 will be on the point of tonight's Southwest Chief train 4 to Chicago.

Amtrak Heritage Unit 822 at Redondo Jct.

One of the two Metrolink's new F125 locomotives at Commerce. It was a fast trip back to Santa Ana and I detrained one very happy railfan and drove home.