View Full Version : trainspotting in the san diego area

03-31-2006, 05:56 PM
hi to all!

i will be spending three months in san diego and i was wondering if you know of any interesting/easy trainspotting opportunities in the area? anything within a two hour drive radius?

thanks in advance.

bnsf sammy
03-31-2006, 07:07 PM
See these threads: http://www.railpictures.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1904 and http://www.railpictures.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3170 It will give you some ideas based on when other forum members came to San Diego. Basically, you can stay in San Diego, where all you will see is Amtrak Pacific Surfliners and Coaster trains plus the occasional freighter. Also, you can take a 1.5-2 hour trip up to Cajon Pass where there is lots of busy freight traffic, if your more into freight trains.

04-04-2006, 09:12 PM
Also, head out to Campo and the far East San Diego Counties you could see some freight action along the Carrizo Gorge, or the Railroad Museum in Campo might run something. Within the Metro San Diego Area the Trolley, Amtrak, and Coaster rule the rails, occasionally between 2 and 3 PM (During the low point of Coaster Traffic, and between Amtrak's 774 and 785 runs) there will be an occasional Auto Rack. It's hit-and-miss though, also dunno whether it's Northbound or Southbound as it always varies, and it also runs only a couple days per week. Otherwise, starting around 7 PM You will see Northbound Freights, and at this point you almost have enough light tobe able to photograph one at Old Town. I've seen Southbounds come through Downtown as Early as 10 PM, but normally around midnight or later. There is also a nightly local which heads south through downtown either light power or with a handful of cars, then it heads northbound with about 15 cars. Again, the times it comes through varies. I've seen it move south as early as 6 PM, and Northbound an hour later, then I've seen it after midnight before.

Sunday Afternoon we had a Northbound and a Southbound freight pass through in rapid succession around 3:15-3:30, then another Northbound went out around 6:30 pm, all freight

So yeah, It's hit-and-miss down here, if you have plenty of time and don't mind nights you'll see something for sure. Another thing I enjoy is staking out the Blue line Trolley Right of way after about 2 AM, You're bound to see an SD&IV Freight or two going down the right of way. Orange line east of Downtown also carries local traffic but it's as sporadic as the SDNR main.

04-04-2006, 09:38 PM
http://www.carrizogorgerailway.com/ (under construction, but now I'm considering calling them)



Both the Railroad Museum and the CZRY are about 90 minutes East of SD.