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Just another morning Surfliner Ride 12/19/2006

by Chris Guenzler

When I am on vacation from McFadden I like to take an early morning train ride to relax and pick up some quiet mileage. So I went down to Santa Ana to wait for Surfliner 562 to show you some beautiful scenes along with some new things happening along the line. Later, this same morning, I would be going to the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda but that is another story. Surfliner 562 came into Santa Ana early because of a late running Metrolink trains.

We departed Santa Ana on time as Metrolink 605 came into the station.

View of that new bridge that I truly dislike. It should have been two tunnels like I wanted. We got up to 90 MPH around the curve from Santa Ana, passed Metrolink 683 at Tustin and later Metrolink 607 at Laguna Niguel. At Serra we met Surfliner 763 before we turned the corner to start running along the beach.

South of North Beach we took the first curve where the new Rail Trail begins its elevated segment.

The end of phase one has left the trail up in the air.

This view with the San Clemente Pier and the bluffs.

The curve in the coastline.

Curving at County Line.

We met Metrolink 850 at CP Songs.

New double track of 1.8 miles is being installed between CP Flores and CP Puller.

This real nice retaining wall was installed at the "Tank Bridge".

We arrived in Oceanside just as Surfliner 565 was leaving with the new Oceanside Parking Structure in this scene.

Construction of the new Sprinter Station for the future Oceanside to Escondido service that will be starting later next year.

The location of that new bridge that replaced the old one that had the 50 MPH slow order on it. We arrived into Solana Beach and went across to the west platform to wait for Surfliner 567 that would take me back to Santa Ana on time.

View of Surfliner 567 leaving Santa Ana. I went home before heading to the Richard Nixon Library.