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More encounters with Amtrak 42 the Veteran Unit Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

After some time at home, I drove down to the Santa Ana train station and parked on the lower level of the parking structure. I went across the pedestrian bridge to the Metrolink Ticketing machine and bought a one way ticket to Fullerton. I sat on a bench to wait for my train.

Metrolink 665 came into Santa Ana and I boarded the Bike Car for my quick trip to Fullerton. Once I got there was a BNSF eastbound waiting on a green signal and I managed to get up on the pedestrian bridge for a pair of pictures.

BNSF 6818 East begins to leave Fullerton. I walked to the Track 4 platform for the end of the train.

BNSF 6818 East DPU leaves Fullerton.

BNSF 7278 West came into Fullerton next.

Pacific Surfliner 774 came into Fullerton and I boarded for the quick trip back to Santa Ana. This trip got me up to Select on Guest Rewards. It has been a slow year for my train riding but I did plenty of other things this year. I detrained at Santa Ana then headed over to Chestnut Street for Pacific Surfliner 777.

The gates went down at this video camera crossing.

Pacific Surfliner 777 heads towards the Santa Ana station. I will be back here tomorrow to catch the Amtrak 42 on Pacific Surfliner 774.

12/02/2013 After working another day at my new job at Heninger Elementary School I went home and had lunch. After checking things on the Internet, I drove north to Orange and parked in the north end of the Metrolink station parking lot. I walked over to the West Palm Avenue grade crossing and heard a horn to the south of a train coming my way.

Pacific Surfliner 573 heads north towards Los Angeles through Orange.

Pacific Surfliner 774 with Amtrak 42 leading heads south to San Diego through Orange. From here I went to Stater Brothers to pick up some things needed at the house. I came home, added this to my story, watched NCIS, had a Turkey Dinner then went to the Orange County Historical Society Meeting tonight.

12/03/2013 After working another day at my new job at Heninger Elementary School, I stopped at the store before coming home. I watched a Kitchen Nightmares before I went to CP Lincoln at 17th Street in Santa Ana to get a final shot of Amtrak 42 on the last train of its trip cycle. I set up and waited for Pacific Surfliner 579.

Pacific Surfliner 579 with Amtrak 42 trailing. I went home and completed this story.