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Tribute to Amtrak

Part 3 Year 2000 through 2005

by Chris Guenzler

An ex Great Northern Dome car that started running on the Empire Builder up into the Amtrak Era then was iassigned to Auto Train Service until it was replaced by Superliners. Amtrak West found it at the Beech Grove Shops along with two thers and put it into San Diegan Service and Special Train assignment. Here it rested in San Diego at Railroad Days there in 2000.

The Mt Baker International came into Vancouver,BC on April 20th,2000.

The Coast Starlight waited to begin the trip in Seattle on April 21st,2000.

Amtrak was a sponsor of the US Postal Train in 2000.

The short lived Lake County Limited 342 at Grey Lake,IL on June 22nd,2000.

The northbound Vermonter at White River Jct on August 19th,2000.

The Rohr Turboliner rebuilt by the State of New York pulled into Albany on September 1st,2000 being used in Empire State Service.

The Kentucky Cardinal 851 at Jeffersonville,IN on September 3rd,2000.

Southwest Chief at Albuquerque on December 26th,2000.

The International at Kalamazoo, MI on January 1st,2001

San Joaquin 702 at Stockton having left Sacramento earlier in the morning for Bakersfield on January 5th,2001.

The Illinois Zephyr rolled through Aurora,Il on June 17th.2001.

The Carolinian train 79 pulled into Wilmington, Delaware on December 30th,2001.

The Downeaster Service at Portland, Maine on December 31st,2001.

The Acela Express at New Haven on January 1st,2002.

Northeast Corridor action at Bowie, Maryland on January 2nd,2002.

Surfliner 568 pulled in Fullerton, CA on January 5th,2002.

The eastbound Empire Builder at Essex, Mt on a bright sunny April 2nd,2002 morning.

Surfliner painted F-40PH 415 led San Joaquin 701 into Modesto on August 6th,2002.

The Kentucky Cardinal was extended into Louisville before it was discontinued six months after this picture. Here it sat in front of Louisville Union Station on December 28th,2002.

Another Amtrak Super Bowl operated train headed for San Diego through Santa Ana on January 31st,2001.

Surfliner 568 waited in Santa Ana on April 27th,2003.

Hiawatha Service 337 arrived into Milwaukee from Chicago on May 4,2003.

The Acela Express arrived into Baltimore on July 3rd,2003.

Keystone Service Train 662 waited for its departure time at Harrisburg on July 5th,2003.

The Coast Starlight at Eugene on November 8th,2003.

Cascade Talgo 500 after it had arrived into King Street Station in Seattle on November 9th,2003.

San Joaquin 712 arrived in Martinez on November 11th 2003.

San Joaquin 711 had Merced on November 15th,2003.

Capital 728 arrived in Martinez on November 15th,2003.

The Coast Starlight at San Luis Obispo on February 13th,2004.

Surfliner 583 pulled into Santa Ana on February 27th,2004.

Ex Santa Fe High Level coach was on the Southwest Chief on February 28th,2003.

The Mail and Express business came to an end at the end of 2004 so the Southwest Chief will never look like this again. Fullerton on February 29th,2004.

Surfliner 763 at Fullerton on February 29th,2004.

Surfliner 566 arrived into Fullerton on February 29th,2004.

Surfliner 768 arrived into San Diego along side a Coaster as I went down to America's Finest City to be a guest on the Internet Radio Show called Lets Talk Trains.

The Southwest Chief crossed the Los Angeles River on April 25th,2004. sponsored the Sierra Coast Limited on the rear of the Coast Starlight and California Zephyr. At the end of the trip at the 8th Street Coach Yard in Los Angeles.

The Coasst Starlight 14 waited to start the trip to Seattle at LAUPT onJune 17th,2004.

Cascade Talgo 507 leaving Seattle on June 19th,2004.

Empire Builder at Whitefish on June 20th,2004.

The Southwest Chief left Chicago on June 22nd,2004.

The Texas Eagle leaves Chicago with the now standard single unit on June 22nd, 2004.

The Blue Water heads to Port Huron on June 22nd, 2004.

The Illini backed out of Chicago Union Station to the St. Charles Airline to begin its journey to Carbondale.

The Wolverine for Detroit and Pontiac leaves Chicago on 6/22/2004.

The Pere Marquette departed Chicago for Grand Rapids on 6/22/2004.

City of New Orleans arrived into Hammond,LA on 7/23/2004.

The Empire Builder at Minot on 7/5/2004.

The Empire Builder leaving Seattle on 7/1/o2004.

While waiting at Hanford a deadheading San Joaquin set south passed through town on 7/21/2004.

The California Zephyr detoured across Wyoming due to Moffat Tunnel work crossed Sherman Hill near Dale on 7/24/2004.

With no more Express Business, the Southwest Chief needs only two units as seen at Albuqueque on 11/12/2004.

The Sunset Limited at San Antonio on 12/23/2004.

The Sunset Limited leaving Palm Springs on 12/24/2004.

The Anne Ruledge waits for its departure time for St Louis and Chicago.

I finally got a picture of the Cardinal at Huntington on 3/27/05.

The Trains Unlimited Tours NRHS Express took Amtrak engines onto the Siuslaw River Drawbridge on the Coos Bay line of the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad on 7/4/2005.

David Gunn, Amtrak President and CEO at King Street Station for the Relaunching of the Empire Builder Ceremony on 8/21/2005.

The Empire Builder at Whitefish on 8/22/2005.

The Beach Grove at Havre, Montana on 8/22/2005

Amtrak CEO and myself at Havre on 8/22/2005.

A deadheading San Joaquin 714 train set returning to the Oakland Yard on 8/24/2005.

An Oakland terminated Train 11, the Coast Starlight, returning through Jack London Square after running south to Niles and Newark to be turned for a trip north starting in Oakland on 11/24/2005.

Trains Unlimited Tours used the California Zephyr to get the Plaza Santa Fe and Silver Lariat to Sparks, NV. on the Domes to the Feather River Railroad Days Tour on 11/26/2005.

Low level Horizon Cars are used on Surfliner 798/799, the Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo train seen at SLO on 11/11/2005.

The eastbound Southwest Chief departing Lamy on 11/25/2005.

Sunset Limited Train 1 at El Paso on 12/20/2005.

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