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Amtrak 40th Anniversary Train and Santa Fe 3751 12/11/2011

by Chris Guenzler

After being under the weather Friday and Saturday even though I hosted Lets Talk Trains, I woke up Sunday morning feeling like my old self. I bought a roundtrip from Fullerton to Los Angeles for the limited service Pacific Surfliner 700 trains that would originate and terminate at Fullerton this weekend due to track and signal work south of this point. I fixed my breakfast before I drove from my house in Santa Ana to the south parking lot at Fullerton. I went over the Pedrestrian Bridge and stopped at the cafe for a Coca-Cola before using the Quick Ticket Machine to print my tickets for today's journey. Surfliner 763 came north from CP Orangethorphe and picked up the mere 17 passengers for the trip to LAUPT this morning. We ran good until we got a red signal at CP Olympic after we saw the Santa Fe 3751 steaming at the turntable and then slowed for some track work near Mission Tower. We arrived into LAUPT and I walked over to the front of the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Train.

Amtrak 406.

The Amtrak 40th Anniversary Train at LAUPT.

Another view of the Amtrak 406.

The other end of the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Train.

Amtrak Conductor Matt with the Amtrak 406. I walked down to the end of the Track 12 Platform but learned Santa Fe 3751 wouldn't be arriving until after 10:20 AM due to the Coast Starlight having been backed into Track 11. The Santa Fe 3751 would be displayed once that train left for Seattle. I decided to walk to the Cesar Chavez Bridge across the Los Angeles River and called Chris Parker to tell him where I was.

I heard rumbling and here came the UP 2409 East. Just as I started to see steam coming our way from south along the Los Angeles River, Chris walked up and only the two of us would enjoy the Santa Fe 3751 passing beneath on its way to display at LAUPT.

The Santa Fe 3751 coming towards us.

The Santa Fe 3751 running away from us and coming to a stop at a Red Signal. I walked back over to LAUPT and got to see the Coast Starlight leave Los Angeles on the start of its trip to Seattle. I walked down to the end of the Track 12 Platform to wait for Santa Fe 3751 to arrive into LAUPT.

Santa Fe 3751 pulled into LAUPT.

Santa Fe 3751 heads to its display area. I walked down the platform following the steam engine to where it stopped.

The Santa Fe 3751 is now on display.

Two views of two very special train engines. I then toured the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Train with the camera put away so that I could truly enjoy it all. I then met Cliff Prather and later Chris Parker and Larry Boerio who let me see his new Pacific Electric Book which I really enjoyed.

Chris Parker and Amtrak 406.

Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751.

The Christmas Wreath on the nose of the Santa Fe 3751.

Patience pays off a clear view of both engines.

Santa Fe 3751.

The Amtrak 40th Anniversary Train.

Santa Fe 3751.

The noses of the engines. I said goodbye to Chris as I saw my train for Fullerton coming into LAUPT.

Surfliner 774 came into LAUPT and I boarded with 15 passengers for Fullerton. It was a quick trip and soon I was heading home via Stater Brothers to home.