464 after arriving at San Diego's former Santa Fe Station,
downtown. Good track speed between Del Mar and Sorrento Valley
Coaster Station, but much slower going over the summit east of Torrey
Pines State Park before descending to San Diego. Only 26 miles,
it takes 35 minutes.
In sight of San Diego Bay cruise ships and tour boats, Surfliner No. 464 awaits her return trip north with No. 460 on standdy.
High platforms at San Diego Station allow the manual ADA ramps to provide a convenient angle departure.
The popular Red Trolley boards steps away from the Amtrak arrival
tracks. ADA have to use a mechanical lift in these old-style
Trolleys which are still in service.
The Red Trolley makes a very sharp turn and enters America Plaza
Trolley Station just steps from the Santa Fe Amtrak/Coaster Station.
Columnar artwork on the building north along the San Diego Station platform honors the city's railroad history.
The newest version of the Red Trolley has low-floor entries.
This shot, with a 432 mm lens, is of the Santa Fe Station from the 40th floor "Top
of the Hyatt" Lounge. The station was the largest building in San
Diego when built, but look how it is dwarfed by nearby
residential towers nowadays.
Childrens Park, which cannot be seen from street level, has the Martin
Luther King Promenade and both light rail and Coaster tracks
running through the water feature. A 2-unit Red Trolley crosses
in this photo reminding me of a railroad roundtable.
Past Childrens Park and Petco Park adjacent to Harbor Drive is the rail yard for the Red Trolley and Coasters.
While at Petco Stadium I spotted the authentically restored Vintage Trolley Car #529 at the nearby 12th and Imperial Transit Center. She runs the Downtown Loop so seldom, I felt fortunate to have seen a glimpse of her:
• Tuesdays & Thursdays - 10 am to 2 pm
Normal hours of operation for Vintage Trolley Silver Line Service are:
• Saturdays & Sundays - 11 am to 3:30 pm
Another "Trains of San Diego County" Photo Essay
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