Ah, the memories of La Jolla. I once lived there when I could afford it. Now that I am retired, I plan to take train rides like this one and explore, explore, explore. Many thanks to Russel Ray for these images. Feel free to join his wonderful blog. 🙂

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Jim’s chamber music group, in which he plays piano, had a practice in La Jolla yesterday. That meant that I was going to go to La Jolla and points north to explore while they were practicing. “Explore” in the Russel Ray Dictionary means “train watching.”

I went a few miles north, to Del Mar, and parked my car at 200 4th Street.

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From there it was a quick walk to the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and, more importantly, the railroad tracks used by BNSF (at night only, to go to Los Angeles), the Coaster commuter train, and Amtrak. In 2½ hours I got 76 train pictures.

Following are five pictures of Amtrak’s “Pacific Surfliner” which travels between San Luis Obispo and San Diego. It is one of the most beautiful Amtrak routes I’ve been on, and I’ve been on them all! It also is Amtrak’s second…

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