View from the trail, mentioned above, between the track and the beach.
There is a trail, not on railroad property, on the bluff side of the tracks,
with easy access from Del Mar Streets (above and below).
There is one small cut on the bluff where the passengers do not have a view
of the surf, but there is a trail on both sides for an "Above Amtrak" view.
North of the cut, passengers have a clear view of the surf.
At 15th Street is Seagrove Park. The sidewalk on the bluff extends
south of the park, past Wave Crest Resort.
Trains headed both directions will sound the horn for the crossing 1/2 block
away, so you'll know when to start shooting.
I suggest setting your camera on burst since trains pass so fast.
A new train photo spot for me in Del Mar is the San Dieguito
River Bridge, next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. From Hwy. 101's bridge
over the same river, there is a trail that runs on the south side of the River
from which these shots were taken.
At sunset, you can get some interesting reflections of the train off the
The bridge is immediately west of the Del Mar Racetrack/Fairgrounds
made famous by Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, and others of that Holywood Era.
Of course, steam locomotives would have brought them to the Del Mar
A shot from the walkway along the Hwy. 101 bridge including wild
Purple Statice in the foreground.
The Solana Beach Station is considered the closest station for the Del Mar
Racetrack/Fairgrounds since the Del Mar station is no longer used.
South of Del Mar, the track turns inland, around Torrey Pines and La Jolla,
and does not see the surf again. This canyon route is single track and
It is fun to ride the Coaster as well as photograph
it from the outside. Shown here at the Old Town San Diego Transit Center,
you can detrain for a visit to Old Town, or board a red Trolley to get all
over town. I took the Coaster, round trip, from Solana Beach to Old
Town for the Sr. price of only $6, a half-hour ride each way.
[ Rail Travelogues by Carl Morrison
| Photos by Carl Morrison: MoKnowsPhotos.com ]