(via RailPictures.Net Photo: SP 6031 Southern Pacific Railroad Alco PA at Oakland, California by John West)

“Two painted ladies await their next dance at the West Oakland Diesel Shop.  For me these daylight painted PA’s were simply the best looking diesels of all time….but then the SP was “my” railroad so I am less than objective.  This was one of my earliest roles of Kodachrome, and I obviously had not learned certain rules like avoiding foreground clutter.“

Amtrak Ridership - Nicolas Rapp - “Amtrak, with 21,300 miles of rail, covers most of the nation. Amtrak covers most of the country, last year moving 31 million passengers to more than 500 destinations in 46 states. Its long routes, however, such as from New York City to the West Coast can’t compete with airlines either in terms of time or cost and are money losers. In fiscal 2014, the government-owned company suffered an operating loss of $227 million on $3.2 billion in revenues. By contrast, its busy Northeast corridor, where 11.4 million passengers traveled along the 456-mile route in 2014, posted an operating profit.”

A No. #1_line #train emerges from the #tunnel.


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