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UP Coast Subdivision Photos

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UP AC4400CW 6668 and brand new Tier 4 credit unit ES44AC 2569 roll a freight eastbound through Emeryville on May 16, 2015. Date:
2015-05-16
Added:
2016-11-24
UP 9927 and 4263 has the MOARV pulling up RD1 before entering the main. Date:
2016-04-20
Added:
2017-01-02
UP 8835-8043-7355 rolls into the 70-lead at West Oakland Yard. Date:
2016-05-20
Added:
2017-01-02
C40-8's 9327 and 9128 urge a ribbon rail train out of Oakland on a cloudy November 7, 2003. 62 cars, mostly MP and ABDF ribbon rail cars, have a supply of new rail for the Coast Line. Date:
2003-11-07
Added:
2007-08-11
An auto train headed for Warm Springs rolls on the Niles Subdivision double track between Melrose and Elmhurst. UP 9670 leads 5722, 4142, and 4673 early on the morning of October 24, 2003. Date:
2003-10-24
Added:
2007-08-11
The SOABK engineering special accelerates through Alvarado, CA on the Coast Line. UP DDA40X 6936 has the amazing 17 car special well in hand on May 30, 2004. Date:
2004-05-30
Added:
2007-08-11
UP GP38-2 654 and GP40-2 HLCX 1058 have a short LRJ54 eastbound as it passes the Centerville station in Fremont, CA. Date:
2015-05-17
Added:
2016-11-24
UP 7494 brings up the end of the UP 7457 North at Newark, CA Date:
2011-09-07
Added:
2011-09-11
A northbound stack train with UP 7457 and 7632 in the lead and 7494 pushing 73 platforms back is about to cross Jarvis Ave. in Newark, CA. Date:
2011-09-07
Added:
2011-09-11
The MRVSJ ran down the Niles Subdivision and then over to Newark;powre is 9915-9912-4112. Date:
2016-01-31
Added:
2017-01-01
California Northern GP15-1 113 goes on world tour! Splicing SD60's 6262 and 6043, the 113 rests at Santa Clara Yard on March 18, 2002. The lashup seems to have a MSJRV all ready to go back to Roseville. Date:
2002-03-18
Added:
2007-08-11
A Union Pacific inspection special rolls through Santa Clara on June 7th, 2000. Date:
2000-06-07
Added:
2007-08-11
UP SD70M's 2002 and 2001 lead the Olympic Torch Special as it rolls to a stop at Santa Clara. The torch flame isn't actually on board at this point; the flame left the train at San Luis Obispo the night before so that the relay could come up the coastline. The Torch Special stopped at most passenger stations for short periods of time; it spent 10 minutes at San Jose and then 10 minutes here at Santa Clara. Date:
2002-01-17
Added:
2007-08-11
Monday, February 24, 2003 finds the Bowie to Wendel log train, SBOWD, working its way past Newhall Yard in Santa Clara. Flared SD70M 5007 leads 9763, 4704, and 4428 plus 60 cars of logs. Caltrain train number 57 is sprinting up past the logs to make a stop at Santa Clara. Date:
2003-02-24
Added:
2007-08-11
An AMLMIX (Miraloma to Milpitas, CA) auto train, with 80 empty autos for the Nummi plant, waits for a new crew at the Caltrain station at Blossom Hill, CA on September 25, 2003. CSXT 9 (why are single digit numbers always weird looking) leads two former Conrail units, NS SD40-2 3395 and CSXT SD70MAC 780. The following day, the power returned down the Coast Line with a loaded auto train. Date:
2003-09-25
Added:
2007-08-11
UP AC6000CW 7546 and C44-9W 9776 lead another QRVML through Morgan Hill, CA on the 19th of October, 2001. Date:
2001-10-19
Added:
2007-08-11
Another QRVML rolls past the approach signal for North San Martin with 9351-9354-8502 in charge on a sunny December 10, 2001. Date:
2001-12-10
Added:
2007-08-11
A QRVDO rolls through Luchessa on the single track portion of the Coast Line between Gilroy and Cornardo. Power is 5727-9512-9054 with 124 cars on February 1, 2002. Date:
2002-02-01
Added:
2007-08-11
The Hollister Local has gone on the law at the Highway 25 crossing on July 16, 2004. Rebuilt GP UP 2579 leads HLCX leasor 3811. Date:
2004-07-16
Added:
2007-08-11
The ARVWF with 4361 and 4553 passes the Granite Rock plant at Logan on August 15, 2003. Date:
2003-08-15
Added:
2007-08-11
A QRVDO rolls through Aromas with the Logan cement plant in the background. Power is 5727-9512-9054 with 124 cars on February 1, 2002. Date:
2002-02-01
Added:
2007-08-11
A southbound manifest rolls through Elkhorn Slough with a mixed lashup of former SP C44-9W's 9596 and 9622 bracketing former CNW SD60 5958 and brand new SD90MAC 8505 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 2000. Date:
2000-11-22
Added:
2007-08-11
The Monday after Thanksgiving 2004, a QRVDO pulls into the siding at Salinas and comes to a stop across from the classic depot. Power is 5773-2218-4664. The crowd is waiting for a late Amtrak number 11. Date:
2004-11-29
Added:
2007-08-11
The winter of 2004/2005 caused a significant amount of damage on the Coast Line between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles. The UP threw all sorts of equipment and resources at the slip-outs, sink-holes, and flooding along the line. On February 18th, 2005, the Coast Line has re-opened, but work still continues. Here, a southbound loaded ballast train makes track speed between Salinas and Gonzalez with CEFX 3162, a former UP SD40-2, and UP 3041, a former C&NW SD40-2 have the train well in hand in the flat Salinas Valley. Date:
2005-02-18
Added:
2007-08-11
On October 29, 2004, the ILCOA is pumping up its air at Gonzalez, CA after picking up an engine that was set out in the siding. Engines 9268-6174-CSXT8579-9783 have this long train well in order. Date:
2004-10-29
Added:
2007-08-11
Gonzalez, CA is woken up by the QRVML on January 24, 2003. Having a non-wide cab on the Coast is getting rather unusual. UP 9281-9480-9789 lead 61 cars. Date:
2003-01-24
Added:
2007-08-11
The Santa Margarita Turn treads lightly on the siding at Soledad on October 7, 2004. GP38-2's 559 and 566 have 7 cars in tow on their return trip to Watsonville Jct. Date:
2004-10-07
Added:
2007-08-11
On October 24, 2003, the MWCPD is departing Soledad after picking up lunch across the street. Power for the train is 4175-4708-3991-5742-602 and has 86 cars well in charge. Date:
2003-10-24
Added:
2007-08-11
The QRVML rocks and rolls through the curves north of Harlem on January 24, 2003. Date:
2003-01-24
Added:
2007-08-11
One of the last SBOWD log trains is about to pop into the tunnel at Harlem, CA on May 2, 2003. Power is 4916-6023-9477-4780 have only 55 cars in tow, down from about 60 cars earlier in the rush. Date:
2003-05-02
Added:
2007-08-11
One of the last SBOWD log trains is about to pop into the tunnel at Harlem, CA on May 2, 2003. Power is 4916-6023-9477-4780 have only 55 cars in tow, down from about 60 cars earlier in the rush. Date:
2003-05-02
Added:
2007-08-11
An ILCOA rushes past the furtile fields of the Salinas Valley and is about to pop into the Harlem tunnel. On July 5th, 2004, SD70M 4278 is leading GP60 2064 and C40-8 9129. Date:
2004-07-05
Added:
2007-08-11
Another ILCOA races along the fields near the Harlem tunnel on September 24, 2004. Power is 4921-9066-LLPX4403, the trailing unit being a former UP SD40-2 now owned by EMD's leasing arm. Date:
2004-09-24
Added:
2007-08-11
Winter rains in the Salinas Valley have already made the hill sides green and the fields have been plowed and are ready to receive the next crop. In the midst of this beauty, three UP GE's get wound up after their engineer receives an extension on his track warrant south out of King City. UP 9390-9401-9366, QRVML, December 3, 2001. Date:
2001-12-03
Added:
2007-08-11
In the middle of 2002, the QRVDO has not been a train that has been on the Coast Line in the daylight. However, with bridge work at Moss Landing, this QRVDO on Friday, October 11, 2002 is rolling through King City with 5705-5760-9632. Date:
2002-10-11
Added:
2007-08-11
A QRVML rounds the curve at Welby, CA on February 1, 2002 with three SD's (4390, 6235, and 4597) and is passing over the old Union Carbide plant crossing. Date:
2002-02-01
Added:
2007-08-11
This is the only time I've ever seen a lashup made up completely of EMD SD70M's. September 23, 1999 finds a southbound UP train at San Lucas, CA with EMD 7011, 7005, and 7013. Actually looks pretty good. Date:
1999-09-23
Added:
2007-08-11
UP SD70M 4200 and two C40-8W's charge a northbound out of an extended slow-order on the Coast Line at San Lucas. January 11, 2002. Date:
2002-01-11
Added:
2007-08-11
UP 4278-2064-9129 lead an ILCOA at San Lucas on July 5th, 2004. Date:
2004-07-05
Added:
2007-08-11
Two "mighty-mice," B40-8 5632 and GP60 1953 roll a long string of empty stack cars on the Coast Subdivision just north of San Ardo on May 4, 2001. These two types of engines are rare now on the Coast Line. Date:
2001-05-04
Added:
2007-08-11
Six SD70M's have the MWCPD in charge as they roll around a corner between East Garrison and Bradley. Power on this April 9th, 2004 is 5090-4500-4196-4557-4877-4531 and have 102 cars in trail. Date:
2004-04-09
Added:
2007-08-11
A southbound works between Bradley and East Garrison on October 1, 2004 with 5782-9678-4515 in charge. Date:
2004-10-01
Added:
2007-08-11
UP 4682, 2251, and 4432 have a short but heavy QRVDO in tow approaching East Garrison in the late afternoon light of January 25, 2002. Date:
2002-01-25
Added:
2007-08-11
January 17, 2002 finds a QRVML tip-toeing along the Coast Line at East Garrison. The piles of new ties are an indication of the work ahead. In the mean time, freights are limited to 25MPH and passenger trains 30MPH between San Lucas and Paso Robles. Date:
2002-01-17
Added:
2007-08-11
April 30th, 2004 finds the QRVML rolling through Garrison with SD70M's 5123 and 4956 spliced by CEFX SD40-2 3166. Date:
2004-04-30
Added:
2007-08-11
April 30th, 2004 finds the QRVML rolling through Garrison with SD70M's 5123 and 4956 spliced by CEFX SD40-2 3166. Date:
2004-04-30
Added:
2007-08-11
Close up shot of CEFX 3166. Date:
2004-04-30
Added:
2007-08-11
UP SD70M 5017 waits in the hole at East Garrison with a work train for the QRVML with 5123 leading to pass. Date:
2004-04-30
Added:
2007-08-11
For the first two months of 2005, Amtrak was embargoed from the Coast Line because of the UP's need to close the line during the day to make repairs from the winter storms. This allowed the Oil Cans to get an earlier start out of Wunpost. On February 4, 2005, the Oil Cans are led over the Nacimento River bridge at East Garrison by 8260-7509-7017, which are making good time with only two-thirds of the normal consist of tank cars. Date:
2005-02-04
Added:
2007-08-11
UP 4446-9406-9532 charge a QRVML across the Nacimento River bridge at East Garrison on February 28, 2003. Date:
2003-02-28
Added:
2007-08-11
UP C30-7 472 and SD40-2 3700 hold down work train duty at McKay siding on the Coast Line. The date is January 29, 2001, and the 472 has only about a month to go before its retired at Los Angeles. Date:
2001-01-29
Added:
2007-08-11
The Oil Cans blasts through San Miguel on February 4, 2005. Date:
2005-02-04
Added:
2007-08-11
Just south of the old siding at Wellsona, the three big units of the Oil Cans swing into a curve on their way towards the Cuesta Grade. February 4, 2005. Date:
2005-02-04
Added:
2007-08-11
Another indication of the heavy maintenance on the Coast Line, SD60 2157 and C40-8W 9093 are rangling about 50 green ballast hoppers in the siding at Templeton. January 17, 2002. Date:
2002-01-17
Added:
2007-08-11
Still on its straight shot from Wunpost to Santa Margarita, the Oil Cans slam over the south switch of Templeton with 8260-7509-7017 in the lead. February 4, 2005. Date:
2005-02-04
Added:
2007-08-11
UP 9424-4336-9307 lead a QRVML as it passes a worktrain in the siding at Templeton. January 17, 2002. Date:
2002-01-17
Added:
2007-08-11
After entering the siding at Santa Margarita and stopping to pick up the conductor, who has closed the mainline switch at the north end, the QRVML of June 4, 2004 digs in to pull up to the crossovers to meet an ILCOA and exchange helpers for the run over Cuesta. Power here is 4882-9663-2854. Date:
2004-06-04
Added:
2007-08-11
August 8, 2002 finds a QRVML switching at the Santa Margarita crossovers as it has to drop off 4 cars into the siding to be picked up by a following train. Power is 5790-4627-8520. Date:
2002-08-08
Added:
2007-08-11
Having had the head-end of the ILCOA cut off and run down the hill a little, the Cuesta Helpers cut off the rear part of the train and head for the crossover switch to hook up to the tail end of the QRVML, which is in the siding. Date:
2004-06-04
Added:
2007-08-11
In full dynamics, the Cuesta Helper with two former Trona SD45-2 (6243 and 6244) and an a former SP SD40-2M (2671) comes to a stop at the Santa Margarita crossovers. Date:
2004-06-04
Added:
2007-08-11
The Cuesta Helpers, HLCX6243-HLCX6244-UP2671, are about to couple up to the QRVML after helping the ILCOA over the hill. Date:
2004-06-04
Added:
2007-08-11
An ILCOA with SD70M 4233 and GE 9513 slows as it approaches the Santa Margarita crossovers so that this train's midtrain helpers can be cut out and added to the X4882South. Date:
2004-06-04
Added:
2007-08-11
A northbound empty auto train comes down the hill through Santa Margarita, CA with UP 5082 and former UP/SP tunnel motor GECX 8664. Date:
2007-03-10
Added:
2007-10-21
Now with the Cuesta Helper coupled up on the tail-end, the QRVML comes up the siding at Santa Margarita with a green signal at the south end of the siding. Date:
2004-06-04
Added:
2007-08-11
A work train comes down into Santa Margarita on May 7, 2004 with SD60M 2321 and SD60 2199. Date:
2004-05-07
Added:
2007-08-11
Late on the afternoon of February 22, 2002, the Oil Cans (OWPDO) blasts out of Santa Margarita with 65 loads with UP 7236-7273-6707 on the point and 9583-3454-2919 just added on the rear-end. Date:
2002-02-22
Added:
2007-08-11
Wow! Mexican GE TFM 2619 leads the logs (SBOWD) as they blast off from San Luis Obispo. Seen here across from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at the old siding location of Hathaway, TFM C44-9W 2619 leads C40-8 9047, B40-8 5665, and C44-9W 6847 plus three SD40-2 helpers hooked up on the tail end of the train. Date:
2003-03-07
Added:
2007-08-11

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