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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Origin, history, travelogues and other information related to the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner route including extensive photos of the Surfliner Cars. Coverage starts from the very first February 18, 1998 announcement and graphics of the new equipment followed by photos and celebration of the arrival of the first Superliner Cars plus more recent Amtrak Pacific Surfliner travelogues and photos.

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The staff of TrainWeb and visitors to this website have been posting Amtrak rail travelogues, photos and other information to TrainWeb since 1996. You should always check with Amtrak for the latest schedules, services, equipment, etc. Some of the information posted here is of archival interest and may not reflect current Amtrak information.

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Above is an image of one of the first Amtrak Pacific Surfliner cars to be delivered to Los Angeles as captured by TrainWeb RAILcam #1. The very first Amtrak Surfliner Car arrived Sunday morning, February 6, 2000, deadheaded on the westbound Amtrak Southwest Chief, Train #3. The car in the above RailCam image arrived early Tuesday afternoon on a late westbound Amtrak Southwest Chief.

May 25, 2002: First Runs of Weekend Surfliners 799 and 780
--- Between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara (Trip Report by Chris Guenzler)

A complete Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trainset heading south stopped at the Amtrak Station at the Fullerton Santa Fe Depot at about 9:45 A.M. on Wednesday morning, May 10, 2000. The trainset stopped again in Fullerton at about 4:10 P.M. on its return trip from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Apparantly, it was doing a test run on the Amtrak San Diegan route between Los Angeles and San Diego. An announcement by the Amtrak station staff indicated that passengers were not to board this train.

We took a number of photos of the train when it stopped in Fullerton both on its southbound and on its northbound journeys. The westbound Amtrak Southwest Chief arrived at the same time as the southbound Pacific Surfliner this morning and you can see that in the photos that we took of the train. Click here to view those photos now!


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Remember When? Photos from the early days of the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Additional TrainWeb Sites Featuring
the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner:

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  1. ☆ Surfliner Photos

  2. www.trainweb.US/f59phi450 - Surfliner Photos Coach / Cafe Photos, Cab Car Photos, Metrolink Photos, Coaster Photos, San Diego to Los Angeles Photos and more... Read More>>

  3. ☆ Pacific Surfliner

  4. www.trainweb.US/pacificsurfliner - Pacific Surfliner Devoted to passenger trains, big and small. Photos of the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and other trains... Read More>>

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
Travelogues & Photos:

Mar 8-9, 2021 - Del Mar Bluffs, The Sandstone Bluff is Crumbling and nearly taking the railroad with it: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Background: Sue and I have been vacationing one week each year since 1983 at Wave Crest Resort overlooking the coastal railroad tracks and the surf in Del Mar, California. It has always... Read More>>

October 1, 2018 - Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Siemens Charger Locomotive Unveiling: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, Caltrans Introduce New, Cleaner Locomotives at Los Angeles Union Station. More reliable, greener Siemens Charger locomotives will power passenger trains along southern California coast between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. PRNewswire -- With a blast of the locomotive's horn and a shower of biodegradable confetti, the Los Angeles - San Diego - San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency and the... Read More>>

Nov 18, 2017 - Amtrak Surfliner Round Trip Fullerton - Santa Barbara for Lunch: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Often, when folks know I ride trains quite a bit, they ask me what train ride to start with, perhaps with their children or grandchildren. For a... Read More>>

Feb 18, 2017 - LA Travel and Adventure Show: Report & Photos by Carl Morrison A great place to research Tourist, Amtrak, and VIA trains is the LA Travel and Adventure Show which... Read More>>

Dec 11, 2016 - A Tioga Pass Private Car Trip Los Angeles to San Diego and return: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Chris Parker told me about an ad about the Tioga Pass private car trip LA to San Diego and return. I called Norm Orfall and got myself on the trip then told Robin Bowers who also got on the trip... Read More>>

April 17, 2016 - Amtrak Pacific Surlfiner to Chinatown: Report & Photos by Robin Bowers Exploring Chinatown, Past and Present, Los Angeles Conservancy Tour. Spring was here again and time for another walking tour from the Los Angeles Conservancy. The Conservancy presents a tour in the spring and another in the autumn... Read More>>

Sep 29, 2015 - Day Tripping on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner: Report & Photos by Tim Helmuth With a built in overnight in Orange County as a deviation from the Southwest Chief and then the... Read More>>

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