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My Encounter with the Amtrak Veteran Unit 42

plus a morning at San Clemente Pier 11/17/2013

by Chris Guenzler



Thanks to a post on Trainorders.com by HoggerMatt about Amtrak Veteran Unit 42 heading to Los Angeles, I knew what I was going to do early Sunday morning. I got up early and checked Amtrak train status learning that the westbound Southwest Chief was due into Fullerton, CA at 7:42 AM today, I left the house and drove to the south parking lot and then went up onto the pedestrian bridge over the BNSF mainlines to wait for the train. I had a red over yellow signal on Track 3 so I knew I had a BNSF freight train coming.







BNSF 7473 headed east through Fullerton this morning. I soon had a green signal on Track One and then heard a familiar horn heading my way.







The Southwest Chief train 3 arrived into Fullerton with Amtrak Veteran Unit 42 as the trailing unit. I walked down to the Track 3 platform to get some more pictures.





The Amtrak Veteran Unit 42.





The Amtrak Veteran Unit 42 slogan on the side of this unique unit. I walked over to the west of Harbor Blvd for pictures as the train left Fullerton this morning.





The Southwest Chief is ready to leave Fullerton.







The Southwest Chief is leaving Fullerton. I returned home to get some Coca-cola for my trip to San Clemente this morning. I drove down to the Santa Ana station, bought my Sunday weekend pass and then waited for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner 564 for Irvine.





Metrolink 661 dead heading to San Clemente went through Santa Ana at 8:11 AM so it would leave San Clemente late. It had to go to CP Songs in order to get a green signal to head back north. In fact all Metrolink movements this weekend had to do this move.





Amtrak Pacific Surfliner 564 came into Santa Ana for a fast trip down to Irvine and that was as far as it was going this weekend. If you wanted to go further south it would be on a bus for Amtrak's passengers. I would wait here for Metrolink 857 to the San Clemente Pier.





Metrolink 857 came into Irvine to pick me up for my trip to the San Clemente Pier. We got down to CP Avery and waited 16 minutes for the late running Metrolink 661. From there we made our stops at San Juan Capistrano, North Beach and San Clemente Pier where I detrained and walked out onto the pier and set up for my first pictures ever from the San Clemente Pier.





Metrolink 857 was still stopped at San Clemente Pier before departing for CP Songs.









Metrolink 857 left San Clemente Pier for CP Songs. Next the deadheading move of Metrolink 858 from CP Songs to Laguna Niguel would be next.













The deadheading move of Metrolink 857 through San Clemente.





Dana Point on a beautiful mid November Sunday. Next Metrolink 860 would be my next train.









Metrolink 860 came to its stop at the San Clemente Pier.





Two views of Metrolink 860 at the San Clemente Pier.









Metrolink 860 left the San Clemente Pier for CP Songs.





The San Clemente Pier before I walked south to the T Street pedestrian bridge over the Surfline.





I found a bench to wait on and took a picture of the T Street pedestrian bridge in San Clemente.





Metrolink 859 came into the San Clemente Pier station.







Metrolink 859 left the San Clemente Pier for CP Songs and I walked back over to the San Clemente Pier station but had one picture to take first.





The former Santa Fe Railway San Clemente sign looks as good as ever. I walked over to the San Clemente Pier station and sat down.





First deadheading Metrolink 859 from CP Songs to Laguna Niguel came through San Clemente.





Next Metrolink 665 next came into the San Clemente Pier station and I boarded for my trip home to Santa Ana.





The train left the San Clemente Pier and I was on my way home.





My favorite American Flag flying in the breeze this very late morning. All too soon we were back into Santa Ana where I detrained.





Metrolink 665 left Santa Ana to Los Angeles and I headed home. It had been a great Sunday morning with trains in Southern California today.



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