3.9.17

UNINTENTIONAL RAILWAY PRESERVATION.

Streetsblog's Roger Rudick takes a ride on the San Joaquin Daylight from Oakland to Los Angeles.  That's a bus ride between Bakersfield and Los Angeles.

He's astonished to discover that his coaches are former Jersey Arrow electric multiple unit coaches recently replaced by gallery coach trains led by locomotives into Penn Station.  "There’s so much demand for transportation options that Amtrak is running antique hand-me-downs from New Jersey Transit to provide more seats."  The Arrows, in turn, replaced MP54 arks initially built to cover the electrified, but holy, local to Paoli.  We build passenger carrying stock to last in the U.S.A.

Mr Rudick notes that the Amtrak service with the bus connection still gets to Los Angeles more quickly than the all-rail Coast Starlight via San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.  And I struck Daylight, as Southern Pacific was never able to substitute a bus for the Los Angeles to Bakersfield section of the run.  Thus the San Joaquin Daylight had to slug it out up and over Tehachapi Pass: spectacular mountain railroading, with great photo opportunities for ferroequinologists, but slow.

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