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I was curious to know if there will be any special locomotives on the San Joanquin route anytime soon. I would love to catch a p42 phase lll.

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Hi

I was curious to know if there will be any special locomotives on the San Joanquin route anytime soon. I would love to catch a p42 phase lll.

By special locomotives, do you just mean the 40th Anniversary P42s?

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If anyone knows if there is a special locomotive, other than p42s or f59s or Siemens chargers, please comment.

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There is only one Phase III P42, #145, so the likelihood of it ending up on the San Joaquin is pretty slim.

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Seimens Charger 2101 was pulling train 701 and pushing 704 last month.

He said other than P42s, F59s, or Siemens Chargers. He wants to see the Phase III P42 (#145).

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I saw another YouTuber that railfans the San Joanquin, and he caught AMTK 130, phase ll, on 713 a while ago, and I was wondering if it will be back.

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My non-expert comment:

There is usually no rhyme or reason to the appearance of a particular locomotive on a train (except perhaps for a special event). If a locomotive change (maintenance, repair, etc.) is needed, they just grab the next one available for the train.

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@FrensicPic, that's true.

So in other words, the likelihood that you catch the Phase III P42 (or any other special loco for that matter) is something like 1-in-290. Good luck!

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Seimens Charger 2101 was pulling train 701 and pushing 704 last month.

He said other than P42s, F59s, or Siemens Chargers. He wants to see the Phase III P42 (#145).

 

 

How about Amtrak California Dash-8 #2051, Cabbage #90228, and Amtrak California F59PHI #2008 - all pulling Comet cars?

 

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@bcl Oh my gosh! I totally forgot about the dash 8s. Do you know what train it's on??

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Says it right there. San Joaquin 704 in Sacramento. It originates in Sacramento at 5:10 PM.

 

I also misidentified the cabbage number. Its Amtrak California 90225.

 

Amtrak California has two Dash-8s I believe. Ive seen them on Capitol Corridor.

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@bcl I railfan around Bakersfield, and being out railfanning at like 10:00 at night is little late for me. Do you know if it will be switching routes?

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Amtrak California has two Dash-8s I believe. Ive seen them on Capitol Corridor.

Yep, 2. They are a rare sight.

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Amtrak California has two Dash-8s I believe. Ive seen them on Capitol Corridor.

Yep, 2. They are a rare sight.

 

Don't know how many Dash-8s on the "coast" but, its not unusual to see a Dash-8 in the Coast Starlight consist behind a P-42.

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Amtrak California has two Dash-8s I believe. Ive seen them on Capitol Corridor.

Yep, 2. They are a rare sight.

 

Don't know how many Dash-8s on the "coast" but, its not unusual to see a Dash-8 in the Coast Starlight consist behind a P-42.

 

Not unusual at all on the CS, but that route and operation is completely separate from AC.

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Hey guys. I went railfanning today and caught #2051 pushing San Joaquin #715. I guess cab car #8303 was having some issues. Pretty awesome for me since I wanted a special locomotive.

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Hey guys. I went railfanning today and caught #2051 pushing San Joaquin #715. I guess cab car #8303 was having some issues. Pretty awesome for me since I wanted a special locomotive.

 

Cool. It's kind of random though. The 704 of course originates in Sacramento, but the Dash-8s can be used anywhere on the San Joaquin or Capitol Corridor.

 

I remember one time I missed my stop and the conductor wrote a note asking the next conductor to let me ride back from Martinez. It was on Capitol Corridor, but the first train that arrived in Martinez was a San Joaquin running Comet cars. I remember the conductor manually pulling down the stairs.

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