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Date: 12/18/12 08:19
BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: PasadenaSub

As a sequel to my teaser thread on Sunday,

http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,2943515

here's the rest of my pictures from the Holiday Express running on the old Santa Fe Pasadena line. Despite poor weather and little planning on my part, this year was probably my most productive for photographing the train - helped in part by the overall slow speed of the train.

1) Going away westbound in Upland, before loading the kids at Montclair

2-3) It's been a while since I've taken any pictures at the Montclair Metrolink station, and they sure have a lot of fencing there. This was the best I could do for a nose shot of either locomotive. Passengers boarded towards the east end of the consist.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/18/12 08:20 by PasadenaSub.








Date: 12/18/12 08:21
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: PasadenaSub

4) Boarding of the kids continues, while a trio of chipmunks have spotted me and seem to be headed my way.

5-6) After departing Montclair right on time, the special passes Garey Avenue and the old Santa Fe depot in Pomona.








Date: 12/18/12 08:22
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: PasadenaSub

7) Another shot at Pomona, with the trailing unit passing the nice water tower they've added near the new Metrolink parking lot.

8-9) Coming and going in La Verne. The second picture is one I've wanted to get for a while, with the special passing a mural with a stylized rendering of a Santa Fe warbonnet and a Metrolink train.








Date: 12/18/12 08:23
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: PasadenaSub

10) Another going-away shot at La Verne, just around the corner from San Dimas Canyon Road.

11) Following the tracks along Arrow Highway, I figured I had a chance for one more shot before getting on the 210 freeway for Azusa. I just made it to the grade crossing/intersection at Cataract and Bonita Avenues in San Dimas.

12) The schedule originally called for the special to change ends somewhere in Irwindale. But I could hear them on the radio make a decision to turn around at MP 115 in between Grand and Barranca Avenues in Glendora. After a bit of a wait (probably for the on-board entertainment to put on a show with the train stopped), the train reversed direction and headed east toward Montclair. Here he is approaching Grand Avenue.








Date: 12/18/12 08:24
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: PasadenaSub

13) Another at Grand Avenue, with a crewmember getting ready to flag the grade crossing.

14-15) From one end of Glendora to the other, I easily beat the train to Lone Hill Avenue thanks to the 210 freeway.








Date: 12/18/12 08:27
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: PasadenaSub

16-17) Using the Foothill Freeway again, I set up in Claremont between Cambridge and Indian Hill for the next series. The train had stopped in Pomona across from the Metrolink dispatching center for a gift to be dropped off to the dispatchers (presumably either from Santa or the BNSF).

18) And the last shot of the day, at Campus Ave. in Upland. The train was at track speed and seemed to be doing close to the 79mph that Metrolink trains regularly cruise at here.

If you've stayed to the end, thanks for the views.

And thanks to BNSF for continuing the tradition.

Rich








Date: 12/18/12 08:55
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: the_expediter

Thanks, PS, Nice Shots. Do the ticket proceeds go to a charity? - Steve



Date: 12/18/12 09:14
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: TomPlatten

I still believe that the BNSF can field a better looking train than that, with all of their resources!



Date: 12/18/12 09:26
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: oilcan

TomPlatten Wrote:
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> I still believe that the BNSF can field a better
> looking train than that, with all of their
> resources!

I can't complain because this train couldn't be run for a better cause, but those gallery cars are what ruins the look. Hideous cars.



Date: 12/18/12 10:01
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: atsffan

the_expediter Wrote:
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> Thanks, PS, Nice Shots. Do the ticket proceeds go
> to a charity? - Steve


The ride is provided for children going through cancer treatment at the City of Hope in Duarte, just west of Irwindale. In previous years, the train would go to Duarte and stop within a quarter mile or so of the hospital to pick up the children and their staff. Since the line west of Irwindale is now out of service and being torn up for rebuilding as the next phase of the Gold Line, the decision was made to bus the kids to Montclair (18 mi or so east of Duarte) and load them on the train there, go west then swap ends and head back to Montclair for the unloading.

To answer your question - no tickets were sold.



Date: 12/18/12 10:03
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: atsffan

oilcan Wrote:
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> TomPlatten Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I still believe that the BNSF can field a
> better
> > looking train than that, with all of their
> > resources!
>
> I can't complain because this train couldn't be
> run for a better cause, but those gallery cars are
> what ruins the look. Hideous cars.

I think that this is only a railfan issue, the kids going through chemo aren't sweating the fact this doesn't look like a AT&SF business train circa 1990. Nor do most of the business types that they entertain on the train.



Date: 12/18/12 10:45
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: glcaddis

I agree, its the thought the counts and BNSF management is thinking right. But, wouldn't it be marvelous if one passenger locomotive from each predecessor road could be drawn upon to pull these sorts of trains.



Date: 12/18/12 13:55
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: PHall

glcaddis Wrote:
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> I agree, its the thought the counts and BNSF
> management is thinking right. But, wouldn't it be
> marvelous if one passenger locomotive from each
> predecessor road could be drawn upon to pull these
> sorts of trains.

And the ONLY people who would care would be a couple of railfans...



Date: 12/18/12 22:32
Re: BNSF Christmas Train's Pasadena Line return, Pt. 2
Author: boltmansacto

PHall Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> glcaddis Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I agree, its the thought the counts and BNSF
> > management is thinking right. But, wouldn't it
> be
> > marvelous if one passenger locomotive from each
> > predecessor road could be drawn upon to pull
> these
> > sorts of trains.
>
> And the ONLY people who would care would be a
> couple of railfans...
No, you would see much more interest than that !



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