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First Revenue Metrolink Trains to use Track 4 at Fullerton 5/29/2011

by Chris Guenzler

With signals and switches being cut in by the BNSF at Santa Fe Springs Amtrak and Metrolink would both be running on Sunday May 29, 2011 only to Fullerton. Amtrak would be running only a few train sets with buses to Los Angeles to close the gap. Metrolink on the other hand would provide no other means to get to Los Angeles. Would that mean Metrolink using the new platform Track 4 at Fullerton which would make sense? There would be only one way to find out and that was to do a round trip from Santa Ana to Fullerton on Metrolink Trains 661 and 662. I drove down to Santa Ana and parked in the northeast lot where there were plenty of parking spots for once. I went through the station to the Metrolink Ticketing Machine and bought my Metrolink Roundtrip Ticket to Fullerton. I crossed the Pedestrian Bridge to Track 1 where I found people trying to buy tickets to Los Angeles. Now the ticketing machine had a notice about no service to Los Angeles today but it appears that the general public can't read a notice. I explained to seven people that they would need to take Amtrak to Los Angeles. My question is why didn't Metrolink have their station ambassadors at the stations along the Orange County Line to help people so they wouldn't make the mistake of buying a ticket on Metrolink to Los Angeles? I then walked down to the handicap ramp to wait for my train to Fullerton.

Metrolink 661 pulled into Santa Ana and I took a seat in the cab car. We soon were off and we stopped in Orange and Anaheim. After Anaheim we ran on Track 1 to CP La Palma where we crossed over to Track 2. This move made me think we are going into Track 4 at Fullerton.

At CP Orangethorpe we headed onto Track 4 and I was on new trackage for me.

Here you can see the new signal bridge on the BNSF.

Fullerton Jct where the Orange County Line leaves the BNSF San Bernardino Sub.

The train coming into Fullerton on Track 4.

After we crossed the Lemon Street Bridge we reached the new Track 4 Platform in Fullerton.

The train slowed to a stop and I was the first revenue passenger to step on the Track 4 Platform.

The train sitting at the end of Track 4.

Two views of the locomotive end of the train on Track 4 at Fullerton.

Our train and Surfliner 768 taking on its bus passengers from Los Angeles at Fullerton.

Surfliner 768 at Fullerton. A few minutes later Surfliner 768 left Fullerton.

Surfliner 768 starts the trip to San Diego.

Surfliner 769 pulls into Fullerton. I crossed the Pedestrian Bridge where I visited with Conductor CJ and Engineer Doug. After that I returned to Track 4.

Train 662 would now be about ready to board. I was the first passenger to board a southbound train from Track 4 at Fullerton. The train left Fullerton on time and after it left Track 4 once and for all we stopped at Anaheim and Orange before I detrained at Santa Ana ending an interesting Metrolink Trip this morning.