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Getting my 1,600,000.0 Rail Miles 10/14/2019

by Chris Guenzler

I wanted to get my 1,600,00.0 Rail mile after the two day Big Boy Trip. I called Robin Bowers and asked him to join me since I wanted a picture taken of me doing it and he agreed. I worked my day at Henninger Elementary School then drove to the Santa Ana train station and found a parking spot on the lower level. I bought my round trip to Oceanside and then met Robin and we walked to wait for the train. I looked down the track and soon I saw the headlight approaching. The train pulled in and I took my usual seat in the Bike car with Robin sitting across from me.

Robin at the table. The conductor scanned our tickets.

All too soon we reached the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

The San Clemente Pier came into view.

The San Clemente Pier.

The big bend of the coastline at San Onfre Creek.

Robin wanted to take a picture of me to practice. The train ran early into Oceanside. Robin went to Burger King while I photographed trains.

Metrolink 815 at rest in Oceanside

Metrolink F-125 920 at Oceanside.

Metrolink 815 in Oceanside

Metrolink 641 arrived into Oceanside.

Metrolink 641 at Oceanside. Robin and I talked about things both ways on the trip and all too soon I was handing him my camera and soon I was giving him a countdown for my event.

1,600,000.0 rail miles passed at CP Bake on the Metrolink San Diego Subdivison on my home rails. I felt really good about finally reaching that number of rail miles. We detrained at Santa Ana and I drove home to write stories.