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National Train Day @

Los Angeles Union Station and San Bernardino Amtrak/Metrolink Station

May 8, 2010
Story and photographs copyright 2010 by Richard Elgenson
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After the train passed under the Mt. Vernon overpass, most concerned citizens on the west side of the bridge, jaywalked, er, crossed the street to view the train glide to a stop at the restored San Bernardino Station.  I estimate that there was about 500 people at San Bernardino when the 3751 train arrived.



Once stopped, the 3751 crew put on a steam and smoke show.



At some point, there was a speech by San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris.  I missed the speech, but found Mayor Morris being interviewed.


The San Bernardino Station was celebrating with a 2 day party.  The 3751 was to remain overnight and travel back to Los Angeles on Sunday May 9th.  Thee were dozens of display tables ranging from Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak, Metrolink, SANDAG, local historical groups, the SBRHS,  to 1/87th scale models.  Vendors sold everything from food and drinks to apparrel and model trains.


Metrolink had a new coach car on display here in San Bernardino while the new cab car was in Los Angeles.  I find this design extremely pleasing.  Later, back at Union Station, I found out that there is an issue with ADA compliance on these cars.


On the south side of the station, an old bus was waiting for no passengers.  I had spoken with the Omni Transit representatives at their table inside the station.  They told me about the restoration of this bus.  On a sad note, Sunday night's news had a story that an Omni bus driver was murdered as he was running his route.  There were many old cars, trucks, police cars and fire engines on display.  BNSF had a GE freight locomotive on display. 


I caught Metrolink train 367 at 1:40 PM back to Los Angeles.  I was able to capture one last photograph on the lead track to view the special train.  The last shot is from the flyover viewing the freight tracks which merge under the flyover.  The red tile roof of the San Bernardino Station  is visible above the Mt. Vernon overpass.


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