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National Train Day Los Angeles 5/12/2012

by Chris Guenzler

I got up early, did my morning chores before driving down to the Santa Ana Train Station and parked my GEO Metro before walking over to Track 1 to wait for Pacific Surfliner 763.

Surfliner 763 came into Santa Ana and I boarded the Cab Car finding AC Adam at a table and I joined him for the trip to National Train Day in Los Angeles plus riding the new Expo Line this morning. After Fullerton we were joined by Victor D'Agostino Senior who rode with us to Los Angeles.

The Santa Fe 3751 and train were still in the Amtrak 8th Street Coach Yard so I called Chris Parker who I would meet at the Cesar Chavez Street Bridge. Once we arrived into LAUPT. AC Adam waited for us and Victor and I headed for the bridge.

You never know what you will find when you take a walk. We then found Chris and we walked out onto the Cesar Chavez Street Bridge.

It didn't take long before we saw smoke coming our way.

Here is the display train backing with the Silver Solarium leading. I went to the other side of the bridge.

Here are the Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium.

Next came the Silver Splendor and Plaza Santa Fe.

That was followed by the Overland Trail and Royal Gorge.

Next the P40 809 and the Gordon Zimmerman.

Finally Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751.

Santa Fe 3751 backing towards LAUPT. The train would be wyed before it would pull into LAUPT.

Other railfans were also out on the bridge.

A Metrolink train for San Bernardino and all of the passengers got to see the Santa Fe 3751 across the Los Angeles River. We returned to LAUPT.

Santa Fe 3751 then pulled into LAUPT this morning.

Union Pacific 2738 was on display.

Pacific Harbor Line 40 was also on display.

The rear end of the Santa Fe 3751 Display Train.

Santa Fe 3751 on display.

The Amtrak Display Train.

Amtrak Heritage Unit 66 on display.

Here comes a Cadillac.

The Cadillac and Amtrak 66.

The Cadillac and Santa Fe 3751.

Next came a Railway Express Truck.

It backed into the scene.

What a scene it was.

Santa Fe 3751 and the Railway Express Truck.

Santa Fe 3751, Amtrak 66 and the Railway Express Truck.

From here we went and rode the new Expo Line.

After that trip we returned to National Train Day at Los Angeles.

Amtrak Police.

California High Speed Rail.

The Addams Family.

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

New York Life Insurance Company.

Operation Lifesaver.

Rail Europe.

Train Riders of California.

The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation with Randy, Steve Grande and famous wood craver Jackie Hadnot.

The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation.

The Transit Coalition.

Southern California Transit Advocates.

Pacific Railroad Society.

Voto Latino.

Palm Springs.

Discover Los Angeles.

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail.

California Science Center.

Santa Barbara Car Free.

Grand Canyon Railway.

Automobile Club of Southern California.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.



Explore Flagstaff.

Fillmore & Western Railway.


San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

San Luis Obispo Car Free.

Orange County "N" Gineers.

One of their trains running.

Chef Bob Rosar.

A choir was performing when I arrived in the old ticketing area of LAUPT.

Ride-Along Amtrak Adventure.

Amtrakids Depot.


National Train Day Staff.

Scenes along the Amtrak Rails.

East meets West. With that picture done, it was time for lunch. We took the Gold Line to Pasadena to the Fillmore Station for lunch after a pair of pictures.

Gold Line trains at the Fillmore Station. We had lunch at the Sizzler and I had a really good steak. We then went out to the east end of the line then headed back to LAUPT. The line with no reservation this year was too long of a wait to go through the display cars. I shot a few more pictures of Santa Fe 3751 then just sat and enjoyed her company until it was time to board Surfliner 580.

Two views of the static Santa Fe 3751. We boarded Surfliner 580 and I took one more picture.

Santa Fe 3751, Amtrak 806 and 66. We left LAUPT on time and got back to Santa Ana a few minutes early ending another fantastic National Train Day in Los Angeles.