Saturday, May 19, 2012

National Train Day Trip Report

A week ago today (May 12th) was the 5th Annual National Train Day celebration. The four main locations of the celebration were New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles.

National Train Day marks the 143rd anniversary of the creation of the nations first transcontinental railroad. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, the "golden spike" was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, forever transforming America.

Here, at the historic San Bernardino Santa Fe Railway Station, getting ready to board one of the new Metrolink trains for Los Angeles.

This train is equipped with a Metrolink Crash Energy Management Car (#660). Made by Rotem USA Corp., a division of Hyundai Motors Group of South Korea.

I had to take a picture of these folks, nicely dressed as pirates, who were also on their way to LA to promote their party and event business. They were all using the old English accents and telling scurvy tales. Very talented people!

Union Station, Los Angeles - The station opened in May 1939. It was built on a grand scale and became known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It has been owned by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority since February 2011.

This is Amtrak K-9 Unit Police Officer J. Tizcareno and his best friend "Pal". A very nice person and an absolutely great dog. Thanks for your service gentlemen!

Santa Fe No.3751 - In 1927, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway paid the Baldwin Locomotive Works $99,712.77 for this 4-8-4 coal burning steam engine. It was later converted to burn oil and was a dependable passenger locomotive until the early 1950s.

Since 1985, the classic steam engine has been owned by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society, which was established specifically for the purpose of restoring the machine.

The Silver Solarium, Dome / Observation Car. This car was constructed by the Budd Company in 1948.

It was a part of the original famed California Zephyr. The Silver Solarium was considered the "last word" in rail travel because of its Vista Dome seating for 24 passengers at tables; the car also featured a lounge and bedrooms.



Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, it would have been neat to see these beautiful locomotives at Union Station! I wish I'd been there.

The Viewliner Limited said...

The trains were awesome Major. The whole celebration was done real well, with many railroad representatives and historical societies in attendance. I will post a few more pics in the very near future.

Heidi Ann said...

Nice post - I really enjoyed seeing these.

The Viewliner Limited said...

I had a great time Heidi. Trains are my passion. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Debbie V. said...

I've been missing California lately - oh for a whiff of high desert air!
Very nice set of photos and stories. Thank you!
p.s. I do still have an envelope for you with a few postcards and memorabilia from my 1960 train trip from LA to St. Louis.