Southwest Chief: California

As the sun went down west of Albuquerque, it wasn't possible to see much in Arizona or eastern California. So the photographic day began in San Bernadino, CA as we proceeded around the San Bernadino mountains into Los Angeles.

As we entered Los Angeles, I was struck by how much industry was visible. While the socially-constructed stereotype I'd had of LA was of palm trees and the lots of idle wealthy folks with synthetic enhancements, the view from the train was considerably more gritty. Admittedly, railroads inherently travel through areas with clients to service, and the nasty weather gave the whole experience more of a Blade Runner feel than it might have had on a sunny day, but the contrast between reputation and reality was striking to this weary traveler 48 hours after I'd left the snow of northern Illinois.

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San Bernadino, CA - SNB mile 2,183
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San Bernadino, CA station
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Metrolink train waiting in Riverside, CA - RIV mile 2,203
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San Barnadino Mountains
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San Barnadino Mountains
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Fullerton, CA - FUL mile 2,239
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Fullerton, CA
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Entering Los Angeles
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Intermodal yard
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Intermodal yard
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Intermodal yard
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Entering Los Angeles
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Entering Los Angeles
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Entering Los Angeles
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Entering Los Angeles
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Entering Los Angeles
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Entering Los Angeles
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Union Station - LAX mile 2,265
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Disembarking in LA
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Amtrak California locomotive 455
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Loco 455 truck