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Last runs of some Metrolink Trains



by Chris Guenzler



After I returned from the Royal Hudson Trip, two days later on Friday February 12, 2010 I decided to ride the last runs of 852 and 853 out to Riverside. These trains are the only weekday trains that Metrolink has cut due to budget cutting. This train runs in the Inland Empire Orange county Line from Riverside to Oceanside.





Metrolink 852 coming in to Santa Ana for the last time. I boarded this train for Riverside.





Metrolink 852 just having arrived into Riverside for the last time.





Metrolink 853 is now ready to return me to Santa Ana.





Metrolink 853 has arrived into Santa Ana for the final time.





Metrolink 853 leaves Santa Ana for the last time to Oceanside.

Last runs on Valentine Day 2010 2/14/2010



Sunday morning I was back at Santa Ana and boarded Metrolink 653 for its last run with me getting off at Fullerton. This train is the morning set that runs Oceanside to LAUPT then back to San Juan Capistrano before returning to Los Angeles before going back to Oceanside. The afternoon set leaves Oceanside for LAUPT then returns to San Juan Capistrano before returning to LAUPT before heading to Oceanside in the evening. These trains with be replaced by a single set which will run later in the morning from Oceanside to LAUPT then back to Irvine and later returns the LAUPT before it heads to Oceanside. I detrained at Fullerton.





The last 653 leaves Fullerton for the last time. I waited for Surfliner 564 to come into Fullerton.





Surfliner 564 came into Fullerton and I boarded for San Juan Capistrano. Once there, I took care of some ticketing for my trip to La Plata tonight and then waited for a late running Surfliner 565 to take me back to Santa Ana. The line is being single tracked through Laguna Niguel during weekends as they work on the project there. This weekend a northbound signal bridge was added at CP Avery. The project here includes new sidings, crossovers, a stub track at the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Metrolink Station as well as an extension of the westbound platform there. Surfliner 565 returned me to Santa Ana and I decided to wait for the last run of Metrolink 654. Surfliner 565 came into Santa Ana as I waited for my Metrolink Train.





Metrolink 654 came into Santa Ana for the last time heading to San Juan Capistrano.





New Jersey Comet I Car 5732 as the train boards the passengers for the last time.





New Jersey Comet I Car 5732 as the train starts leaving Santa Ana.





Metrolink 654 leaves Santa Ana and heads to San Juan Capistrano one last time. I came home, wrote this story before packing for my trip to La Plata tonight.



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