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Amtrak Coast Starlight Detour Over Tehachapi
with Amtrak President David Gunn

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TEHACHAPI STARLIGHT Time Log - Train 11 of October 23 2005
For the historic record here is my log of the time performance of the VERY RARE - Amtrak Coast Starlight TEHACHAPI DETOUR of sunday October 23, 2005. This was the trip with Amtrak president David Gunn's car on the rear of the regular Starlight consist:

Here is a rather rough log of the Time Performance of our detoured Thachapi Loop Coast Starlight train 11 of sunday October 23rd in California. These times are taken from my watch which runs about 5 minutes ahead of the real, actual time. (EDIT: I adjusted the Sacramento times back 5 minutes in my written log as I did not start my direct "clock to paper" log until stockton. The Sacramento and ELvas times on here should be the real and actual times.) A big THANK YOU to everyone at Amtrak and the freight railroads for making this special trip possible!
--- Daniel

TIMES TEHACHAPI DETOUR Amtrak 11 of 10-23-05 in CA

725am SAC --DEPART = reverse SHOVE to Elvas Tower
(train stopped on American River Bridge)
740am ELVAS sac dp FOREWARD to Bakersfield (1st stop made)
operated via UP Fresno Sub and Lodi

Dan watch times + 5 min from Stockton:
845am STOCKTON ACE depot tower approach
850am Stockton on BNSF OFFICIAL radioed to Stockton sub DS
906am ESCALON Escalon
910am RIVERBANK
915am Modesto Amtrak
916am EMPIRE
924am DENAIR
935am WINTON
937am CASTLE AIR
941am MERCED
950a PLANADA
955 LA GRAND IN SDG down to 5mph
1001a E LA GRAND
1010a E SHARON
1024am Figarden
1034am mp 1000
1038am FRESNO
1043am CALWA depot
1044am Calwa DIAMONDS SP XING
1049am Bowles
1103am Shirley
1107am Hanford
1111am Guernsey
1119am Highway 43 swings alongside
1122am CORCORAN "Meet at 45mph Amcal San Joaquin Train
1123am E Corcoran
1132am Alpaugh "24 hours after OLW cam
1140am ALLENSWORTH
1146am SANDRINI
1150am ELMO
1155am WASCO enter
1159am Shafter
1214pm Bakersfield ar BNSF yard - arrive rolling by west yd
1226pm Bakersfield depart BNSF yard
1231pm Bakersfield AMTRAK DEPOT passing
1237pm KERN JUNCTION
1243pm by UP detector 318.8 --56 axles at 58mph
1249pm Sandcut
105pm Caliente
108pm milepost 337
430pm eta for Lancaster given to UP DS 54 on radio
114pm Bealville X Over
121pm W Cliff -- INTO SIDING here and SLOWLY 5mph


133pm E Cliff
142pm by mp 344
149pm by DETECTOR 347.0
150pm West Woodford
156pm East Woodford siding
158pm T LOOP far West curve Road enter
LOOP Amtrak 11 on INSIDE track
201pm EAST T LOOP Walong
203pm T CAM BURTON CURVE
205pm West MARCEL
208pm East MARCEL
213pm milepost 356 west Cable
216pm 357.5
223pm Tehachapi Downtown
225pm SUMMIT -Highway 58 OVERPASS
227pm 363 DETECTOR trk 1 no defects
56 axles 70 MPH
228pm Cement plant Monolith
231pm 368 milepost
234pm Cameron (up hooded signals)
243pm at milepost 375
Pilot engineer planned to be dropped at Vincent (Soledad Canyon)
245pm 377 detector track 1 no defects-- 58 axles-- 34 MPH
250pm MOJAVE downtown
253pm milepost 381


303pm West ANSEL
305pm East ANSEL


306pm DS 54 says we will MEET frt at Denis siding
309pm --396.1 detector at 65 mph
312pm west OBAN
313pm east OBAN
316pm Lancaster
317pm ENTER SIDE by SIDE Metrolink at Lancaster
324pm West DENIS
328pm East DENIS "Air Plant east side of tracks
331pm " 412.0 UP Detector no defects 56 axles 23 MPH
334pm PALMDALE Metrolink depot
336pm PALMDALE JUNCTION - PALJCT
ENTER METROLINK at CP HAROLD


343pm VINCENT
353pm --mp 54 "CP KOCIAN
355pm Ravenna
359pm mp 56
403pm -- mp 48
410pm "CP Soledad
415pm by 41.5
416pm HONBY
Santa Clarita
423pm CP CANYON
426pm " 31.0 detector
427pm cp Hood
427pm" Newhall


431pm CP PORTAL"North Tunnel
434pm --South Tunnel
453pm DETECTOR 7.8 -track 2 FREIGHT MEET 49mph (South Burbank)
DETECTOR 7.8 TRACK 1 AMTRAK train 11 at 18mph
454pm GLENDALE DEPOT "PASSING
457pm CP ORMISTON
ON EAST BANK LINE
F40 diesels seen in Amtrak paint (3)
300, 256, 338 at Metrolink shops
504pm LAUPT TERMINAL TOWER
505pm LAUPT on platform
END WONDERFUL TRIP at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal
============

Dan Monroe


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