Cahill Street Portrait
Photography by Ken Rattenne
Southern Pacific (now CalTrain) Cahill
Street depot has long been a great place to watch and photograph trains.
From the time of the depot's opening there has always been an amazing amount
of train activity. Interestingly, during the 1970s and 1980s Cahill Street
could claim the distinction of busiest depot in California. However, with
the advent of Southern California's Metrolink commuter rail system, that
honor now goes to LAUPT (Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal). Nonetheless,
Cahill Street still sees 60 CalTrain movements, several Amtrak Capitol
trains and a pair of Coast Starlights pausing at its platforms.
Add to that through freight trains and the occasional special movement
(like steamer 4449 or the Olympic Torch train) and you have one of the
best railroad photographic opportunities in the South Bay area. -- Ken
Loading On Track 2" A
Daylight-painted coach awaits the boarding of ticketed passengers for an
NRHS special on July 23, 1992. SP Northern 4449 is doing the honors
on the point of this Sacramento-bound train.
Back in 1981 a pair of
passenger GP9Es hostles from the San Jose Roundhouse to the Cahill Street
coach yard. Each unit will be used on an off-peak train. In the foreground
is the approach signal at milepost 46.3. (Ken Rattenne Photo)
In 1972 the coach yard switcher
was H12-44 2350. The San Francisco Bay Area was the last bastion of SP
Fairbanks-Morse diesels, and several could be found working the local switching
jobs in San Jose.
The Morning Crush!
Morning commuters frame a
Sumitomo-built CalTrain coach during the morning rush in December of 1992.
F40PH-2 903 awais the call
to duty as a Danish-built Flexliner readies for departure on Track 5 on
8/05/96. The Flexliner was yet another in a string of tilt-technology trainsets
under investigation by Amtrak during 1996.
A Tower's Heartbeat
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