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Encyclopedia > Amtrak California
Amtrak California
Reporting marks CDTX/AMTK
Locale State of California, USA
Years of operation 1976 – present
Track gauge 4 ftin (1435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters Sacramento, California

Amtrak California is a brand name used by Caltrans Division of Rail on all state supported and Amtrak operated rail routes within the State of California. Amtrak California logo, copyrighted, assumed fair use. ... The following are reporting marks assigned by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to rail carriers operating in North America and the companies (railroads and rail equipment owners/operators) to which they were assigned. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Rail gauge is the distance between two rails of a railroad. ... A foot (plural: feet) is a non-SI unit of distance or length, measuring around a third of a metre. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... City nickname: The Big Tomato Location Location of Sacramento in California Political Charateristics County Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo Physical Characteristics Area      Land      Water 99. ... Caltrans logo The soaring ramps in the stack interchanges favored by Caltrans often provide stunning views. ... Amtrak is the trademark name of the intercity passenger train system created on May 1, 1971 in the United States. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


Amtrak California utilizes a different color-scheme and a separate logo from standard Amtrak color and logo. All state owned locomotives and passenger cars are painted with the "California Color" of blue and yellow. Amtrak is the trademark name of the intercity passenger train system created on May 1, 1971 in the United States. ... Great Western Railway No. ... Restored passenger cars on display at the Mid Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, WI. A passenger car is a piece of railroad rolling stock that is designed to carry passengers. ...

An Amtrak California bus in Sacramento, California.
An Amtrak California bus in Sacramento, California.

The Capitol Corridor and the San Joaquins are the two rail routes that are most identified with the Amtrak California image since they use "California Color" cars and locomotives most of the time. The other state supported rail route, the Pacific Surfliner, uses a unique blue and silver paint scheme that is different than the other Amtrak California branded trains since the state only provides about half of the operating costs and equipments. Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 449 KB) Amtrak CA bus File links The following pages link to this file: Amtrak California Categories: GFDL images ... Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 449 KB) Amtrak CA bus File links The following pages link to this file: Amtrak California Categories: GFDL images ... City nickname: The Big Tomato Location Location of Sacramento in California Political Charateristics County Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo Physical Characteristics Area      Land      Water 99. ... The Capitol Corridor is a train route operated by Amtrak in California. ... The San Joaquins refers to a train route operated by Amtrak California in Californias Central Valley. ... The Pacific Surfliner is a designator for Amtrak passenger trains serving communities on the coastline of southern California between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. ...


Equipments

The motive power for the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins routes is provided by 17 state-owned locomotives of which 15 are EMD F59PHI's numbered 2001-2015, and two are GE P32-8's numbered 2051 and 2052. Pacific Surfliner route also uses EMD F59PHI's but they are owned by Amtrak instead of the state. Occasionally, locomotives from Amtrak's national system, such as GE P42's, can be spotted working on Amtrak California routes. The Electro-Motive Diesels F59PHI diesel locomotive is the most common passenger locomotive present on the San Diegan rail corridor in Southern California. ... A pair of GE Genesis locomotives Genesis (officially trademarked GENESIS) is a series of locomotives produced by GE Transportation Systems, a subsidiary of General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania. ...

An Amtrak California train.
An Amtrak California train.

State owned passenger cars, dubbed "California Cars", that are used on these three routes are a variant of Amtrak's Superliner Bi-Level passenger cars. A major difference between California Cars and Superliners is that California Cars have two sets of doors on each side instead of only one door on the Superliners, which speeds up boarding/alighting considerably. Also, these "California Cars" are named for geographical features in California and are numbered in two different series, the 6000-series and the 8000-series. There are a few differences between them, with 6000-series cars being newer. Image File history File links Source:http://www. ... Image File history File links Source:http://www. ... Superliner can refer to: Superliner (passenger ship) Superliner (railcar) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Consists on the San Joaquins and Capitol Corridor routes usually are of about five cars, with one locomotive and a cab control car on the other end. One of the five cars is a cafe car, with regular seating on the upper floor, and a cafe with two tables on the lower floor. Consists on the Pacific Surfliner, however, are not as consistent since some Amtrak owned equipments are also used.


Routes

Amtrak California offers three major passenger rail routes.


-The San Joaquin Route runs east from Oakland, CA on the south side of the San Joaquin Delta through communities like Richmond and Martinez, CA. It then turns southeast for its service through the San Joaquin Valley. It makes regular stops in the valley communities of Stockon, Modesto, Turlock/Denair, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Hanford, Corcoran, Wasco, and then terminates in Bakersfield. Several trains per day vary the route by approaching Bakersfield from Sacramento with stops in Lodi, and then continuing through Stockton at the Ace Train Station.



-The Capitol Corridor route runs northeast from San Jose, CA to Sacramento, CA with stops along the east side of the San Francisco Bay, then through Delta communities such as Martinez and Suisun City. It then continues northeast to Sacramento. One Capitol Corridor train per day continues east of Sacramento to the small Sierra Nevada town of Auburn, CA.



-The Pacific Surfliner is a major commuting route in Southern California. The entire length of the line runs from San Luis Obispo, CA in the north down to San Diego, CA. It hugs the California coast for most of the route, providing a stunning backdrop. Most trains on the Pacific Surfliner only make a portion of the trip in Southern California (from Los Angeles to San Diego, for example).


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Amtrak California: Information from Answers.com (929 words)
Amtrak California is a brand name used by the Caltrans Division of Rail for all state supported Amtrak rail routes within the State of California.
Amtrak California utilizes a color scheme and logo that is different from the standard Amtrak colors.
The Rail Passenger Association of California (RailPAC) is a statewide membership organization working for the expansion and improvement of rail passenger service within the states of California and Nevada.
News from Amtrak (1918 words)
Amtrak is proud to announce the "first-ever" two-millionth passenger to ride Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner during the past year.
The California Corridors, operated under the partnership banner, Amtrak California, are the busiest in the nation behind the Washington - Boston Northeast corridor and the Empire corridor serving Albany - New York City.
Amtrak operates the Chicago-St. Louis State House, the Chicago-Carbondale Illini and the Chicago-Quincy Illinois Zephyr under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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