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Special Trains through the years!

by Chris Guenzler

This story deals with the special train moments that I have caught through the years that I have been photographed and riding trains. Let me take you back in time to some of these special moments.

The first special moment I ever saw was the United Aircraft Turbo Train heading south along Lincoln Street in Santa Ana in 1971. I still have a button that was tossed to me. The picture was taken a few days later in Los Angeles.

The American Freedom Train paid a visit to Anaheim on its two year tour of the lower 48 states It stopped here at the Big A in Anaheim in January of 1976.

The westbound UP Directors Train on a rainy April morning in 1977.

Southern Pacific 4449 made a surprise trip to Los Angeles and left on 5/13/1981.

Santa Fe 5997 East heading to Cajon for a photo session was caught right after sunrise at West Corona in February of 1983.

A Union Pacific Directors Train headed east over Cajon on 1983.

The Pacific Railroad Society ran the first passenger train over the Southern Pacific's Palmdale Cutoff on 10/23/1983, a roundtrip to Mojave via the cutoff both ways.

The Pacific Railroad Society ran the Desert Scout to Barstow via the 3rd District in November of 1984.

The Pacific Railroad Society ran the Cushenbury Caravan to Cushenbury via the Santa Fe 3rd District and the 1st District to Hesperia where we turn east on the branch to the cement plant at the end. 5/4/1985.

California Equipment and a Metrolink Train were on display at Santa Ana in May of 1985 for a NARP Meeting. After the meeting, we boarded the Metrolink Train for a trip over the Olive Branch through Santa Ana Canyon to San Bernardino and a trip over the new Metrolink Flyover there.

The Pacific Railroad Indio Date Limited Train ran east through San Timoteo Canyon in 2/22/1987 seen coming and going.

Santa Fe ran a 100 Years of the 2nd District Special on 10/17/1987 seen crossing the Arroyo Seco near Pasadena.

Southern Pacific Super Bowl Special at Avenue S in Palmdale on 1/30/1988.

Southern Pacific ran a Super Bowl Train to Los Angeles in 1/30/1988.

Amtrak 572 with the private cars headed to the Super Bowl in San Diego on 1/31/1988.

Right behind it was the Santa Fe Super Bowl Train. 1/31/1988

I rode the Pacific Railroad Society Mojave Circle, an outbound through Soledad Canyon and return over the Palmdale Cutoff to Los Angeles on 4/17/1988.

UP 8444 on the Frost Crossover on its way to the 50th Anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station on 5/5/1989.

The Southern Pacific 4449 and Union Pacific 8444 entered Union Station at Los Angeles on 5/4/1989.

On the 5/5/1989, the diesels were posed in a historic position like in a famous pictures at Los Angeles Union station.

The all private car special returning from the APRCO Convention in San Diego on 10/8/1989.

An all Superliner Bike Club Special returns from San Diego on 10/22/1989.

GO Transit 552 East heads south for San Diego after being displayed at Union Station in Los Angeles on 10/19/1990. The engine and car was used as a demonstration of GO Transit Service in Toronto for members of the transportation committees that would later start Metrolink in the LA Area and the Coaster in San Diego.

One of Santa Fe's Rail Cycle Special headed east through Rialto on 6/14/1991.

The California Limited with Santa Fe 3751 ran through Fullerton to start it's four day excursion Los Angeles to Bakersfield and return on 12/27/1991. I rode from Barstow to Bakersfield the next day on the 28th.

Southern Pacific 2472 pulled an excursion train to Los Angeles to be into position to run on the Earth Train. Here it is seen at Tajiguas on the Coast Line on 9/13/1992.

The Santa Fe 3751 pulled the 1992 Santa Fe Employee Recognition Special east over Cajon Pass on 8/30/1992.

The Santa Fe 3751 is seen returning from Chicago on 9/16/1992 at Lavic on the Santa Fe Employee Recognition Special.

Amtrak ran an all private car Super Bowl Special from Indio to Glendale on 1/31/1993. Here is the deadhead eastbound move near Beaumont.

Amtrak's Super Bowl Special Oceanside to Glendale used two Metrolink Units for power coming through Irvine on 1/31/1993.

The 2472 ran two weekend trips to Tracy for the Dry Bean Festival. Here it is on 7/31/1993 heading for Tracy.

The X2000 was tested by Amtrak then toured the nation. Here it was on 7/15/1993 at Los Angeles Union Station.

Amtrak leased the German ICE Train in 1993 and it toured the country with it on its way to San Diego through Santa Ana in 10/5/1993.

A Santa Fe Directors Train came up through Orange from San Diego in 10/1993.

UP 3985 came to Ontario for the UP Historical Society Convention with a pair of Ontario to Barstow Excursions. Here it is passing through Colton on the first trip east on 5/21/1994.

The SP 2472 came to San Luis Obispo for its 100th Anniversary then ran a trip to Tangier on 5/17/1994.

The Feather River Society ran an Oroville to Westwood Excursion up the Feather River and on the Highline on 7/10/1994.

California Equipment and a Metrolink Train were on display at Santa Ana in May of 1995 for a NARP Meeting. After the meeting, we boarded the Metrolink Train for a trip over the Olive Branch through Santa Ana Canyon to San Bernardino and a trip over the new Metrolink Flyover there.

Union Pacific 949 East pulled a Director's Train east through Rana on 7/3/1995.

The San Diego Railroad Museum ran a San Ysirdo to Tecate trip on 2/24/1996.

The Union Pacific ran the Olympic Torch Train to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Here the train is passing through Redlands on 4/30/1996.

The Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum ran a trip from Jacumba and Beyond on 4/26/1997.

The Mt Shasta Daylight was operated on 6/20/1998.

The Milwaukee Road 261 ran from North Kansas City to Minneapolis on a three day excursion. Here the 261 provides a photo runby for the passengers on Day 2 of the trip on 9/12/1998 at Doon, Iowa.

Santa Fe 3751 was on its way to Railfair 99 at the Horseshoe Bend in Santa Ana Canyon on 6/16/1999.

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