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Down to San Clemente to see the Acoma Private Car First Run

by Chris Guenzler

I knew the private car Acoma was going to make the first public trip to San Diego on December 29, 2012. Since Carl Morrison was going to ride it, I would shot pictures of the Acoma at Califia Beach. We were expecting a storm to move in later in the evening as they had forecasted and I decided to make a round trip to Oceanside before driving to San Clemente. That morning I drove to the Santa Ana station and parked being greeted with a most wonderful sky.

What a way to start the day. Surfliner 562 picked me up and onboard was Steve Grande going to San Juan so we had a nice talk. Once he got off, I had a quiet ride to Oceanside. There I boarded Metrolink 661 with my weekend pass for the return trip to Santa Ana. I went home for a few minutes and heard on the radio that the storm had sped up and I hoped to get my picture before the rains arrived. I drove to Califia Beach, parked the car then paid three dollars to park for three hours. As I started walking I saw a red signal behind me and here came a headlight. I climbed up along the cliff for a much better view.

Pacific Surfliner 566 went through Califia Beach. Funny thing was I was surprised to see this train as it had come into Santa Ana as I got off the Metrolink Train. The signal went red as I made my way to my photo location and waited for my next southbound train.

Metrolink 857 for Oceanside came next. There was a major rain storm moving across Dana Point but it went east. I called Winston and AC Adam for doppler reports. I called Carl and learned the Acoma was the rear car on Surfliner 572.

Pacific Surfliner 769 which was Surfliner 562 which I rode south this morning.

Metrolink 859 heading to Oceanside.

Pacific Surfliner 768 heading to San Diego.

I knew this was heading my way but hoped the speed would not reach me until after the Acoma had gone south.

Metrolink 665 came next. It was raining again over Dana Point.

Pacific Surfliner 573 heading to Los Angeles.

It has started to rain so I waited in the little cave and would check for a red signal every few minutes.

I used my umbrella and practiced taking pictures of Metrolink 662. I called Julie to learn that Surfliner 572 was running eight minutes late.

I finally got a red signal. Then I saw a headlight and knew Pacific Surfliner 572 with the Acoma was on the way. The rain was pouring out of the sky and the wind was blowing hard but nothing was going to stop me from getting my picture today.

Pacific Surfliner 572 with the Acoma went through Califia Beach. Carl called me and said "I was the photographer who survived the bad weather". I went home and dried out before making one more Metrolink round trip to Oceanside.