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Another Railfanning Trip in San Diego County 11/25/2013

by Chris Guenzler

AC Adam and I decided that we would do another Railfanning Trip in San Diego County on Monday November 25, 2013 before we would head to Fullerton on Pacific Surfliner 579 to our Train Travel Group Meeting that evening.

A few days before we had rain and I took my camera out onto my front porch and got the trees in Fall colors in storm light. The day of the trip I got up early and drove down to the Santa Ana train station and parked the car. I bought my Metrolink ticket to Oceanside the first of two trains to get me to Old Town. Metrolink 603 came into Santa Ana and I boarded the Bike Car for my trip to Oceanside.

Near San Clemente the ocean was pretty calm this morning.

The two sides of the San Clemente Pier. The train ran to Oceanside and I went and bought my Coaster Ticket to Old Town. I boarded the Cab Car on Coaster 638 and it was a quick trip to Old Town where I detrained. I went under the mainline and came to the parking lot and AC Adam picked me up and we headed north to Interstate 5, CA 52 and Interstate 805 to Mira Mesa Blvd which we made our way to Nancy Ridge Drive and went up the hill and parked. I walked back down the road to clear view of the railroad.

First an airplane flew overhead. Next I heard a train coming down the grade.

Pacific Surfliner 567 heads north to Los Angeles this morning. From here we drove over to Cardiff by the Sea and set up along San Elijo Avenue to wait for a few more trains this morning.

Pacific Surfliner 564 heads south to San Diego.

Next the track inspector came down the siding then stopped new CP Cardiff.

Coaster 644 heads for San Diego.

Pacific Surfliner 769 heading north to Goleta. From here we drove north to Avenida Encinas and parked on Ponto Road. We walked out on the Avenida Encinas bridge.

Coaster 639 at Ponto heading north to Oceanside.

Pacific Surfliner at Ponto heading to San Diego.

Coaster 648 at the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon heading to San Diego. Next we went to the old Highway 101 Bridge in Carlsbad Village.

Pacific Surfliner 573 made its Coaster stop at Carlsbad Village.

Pacific Surfliner 573 now heads north to Los Angeles.

Pacific Surfliner 573 meets Pacific Surfliner 768 at CP Longboard.

Pacific Surfliner 768 heading to San Diego. We next headed over to south Oceanside and got to next new photo location on this trip.

Pacific Surfliner 777 heading to San Luis Obispo. From here we went to a ledge above Buccaneer Park to wait for Pacific Surfliner 572.

Pacific Surfliner 572 heading south to San Diego. From here we went to the Oceanside Transportation Center. AC Adam bought his tickets to Fullerton and back here then we went to Burger King for a late lunch. We went over to Track 2 to wait for Surfliner 579.

First Pacific Surfliner 774 heading to San Diego came into Oceanside then left.

Next Coaster 654 came into Oceanside and would leave for San Diego at 2:32 PM.

Pacific Surfliner 579 came into Oceanside just as Coaster 654 left for San Diego. We boarded the Superliner Coach for the trip to Fullerton.

With the new bridge across the Santa Margarita River finished for one track for now, the old Truss bridge has had the rail removed and the bridge will be removed. It was a quick trip to Fullerton and we detrained to a wait for Winston and Christy Walker to show up in Fullerton. They pulled in a few minutes late and joined AC and I on the platform.

Here we are before the Train Travel Group Meeting in Fullerton as we Railfan here.

BNSF 7483 West came through Fullerton.

Metrolink 602 for Oceanside was next into Fullerton.

Metrolink 686 for Irvine was next into Fullerton.

Pacific Surfliner 582 for San Diego was our last train at Fullerton today. We walked over to Knowlwoods for the Train Travel Group Meeting tonight.

Our group at Knowlwoods. Winston drove me back to the Santa Ana station before I drove home. A special thank you to AC Adam for an excellent day today photographing trains in San Diego County.