Railroad Journeys – The Surfline

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The Surfline is a whistle-stop tour of the sun-drenched Southern California coast that begins in Los Angeles and winds its way down to San Diego. Along the way, the Surfline’s tracks follow one of the most spectacular and scenic stretches in all of railroading. The 2-1/2-hour run carries thousands of daily passengers from Los Angeles’ Union Station past the oldest Santa Fe station built in the 1870s in Carlsbad. It stops along the way at classic railroad stations and depots in Fullerton, Santa Ana, and San Juan Capistrano, the legendary “Home of the Swallows.” Santa Fe freight train activity is also documented, as well as Carlsbad’s famous wooden trestles. A special railroader’s treat is provided in the form of rare 90-mph cab rides in Amtrak’s newest Dash 8-32 PWH and F-40 locomotives racing along California’s coast. From its palm-lined crossings, to the classic mission-style station houses it stops at along the way, The Surfline breathes new life into the saying, “getting there is half the fun.”