Amtrak Coast Starlight - July 27, 2016

RBrodzinsky Jul 27, 2016

  1. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Was out taking a morning walk (before the mercury goes above 90 again), and was on the Alameda Creek Regional Trail, near our house. As I was nearing the trestle that crosses the creek from Union City to Fremont, I could vaguely hear a train whistle (over all the leaf blowers from the gardeners). It kept getting louder, so I figured I might be in luck today! Pulled out my phone, and within a few seconds, the southbound Coast Starlight appeared!

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  2. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Do you know if the B32's are normal or just as needed?
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Were they on time this morning? Which means you know when to catch them for more photos, another day.....
     
  4. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Usually just 2 P42s. Not sure why P32 #505 was on there this morning.
     
  5. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Actually a bit early, it seemed to me. Most of the time they are late, so timing is difficult (unless I start monitoring individual trains). And, I ducked away from work this morning, since I wanted to get a walk in before it got too hot. Also, they don't always use this track.

    Now, by spring next year, I will no longer have to worry about being on the computer and working. Then, maybe I will monitor, and take my good cameras up to the track for some good photos
     
  6. jwb3

    jwb3 TrainBoard Member

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    The P32s aren't there every time, but they're pretty common.
     
  7. Josta

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    The "Coast Starlate"....lol

    But it looks so peaceful rolling down the tracks....thanks for the pictures!

    John
     
  8. Hytec

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    A P32 was running as the second unit on the northbound Crescent (#20) Wednesday. I believe this is rare. I never saw one the many times I rode before retirement, nor have I seen any on various YouTube videos. Does anyone know if there's a problem within the nationwide P42 fleet that may be causing this?
     
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  9. Mr. SP

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    We rode the Coast Starlate two years ago. The lead locomotive had a historic paint scheme SAM_5580.JPG
     
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  10. BoxcabE50

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    I'm guessing that brick building in the left background is now apartments, or condos? If so, might be a good place for watching trains.
     
  11. subwayaz

    subwayaz TrainBoard Member

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    Nice catch and great pictures
     
  12. Mr. SP

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    As far as I know it's still the Albers Flour mill. Could be wrong as things are changing fast in the area
     
  13. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    It looks like this train also had a P32 as its second loco
     
  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Guess I've been in the wrong places, at the wrong times, but I have as yet to see and photo a P32-8WH. Somehow I must miss them, or they don't wander through my vicinity.
     
  15. fitz

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    Having ridden the Coast Starlight last month, I must say it is a very interesting trip. Great and some bad sight seeing.
     

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