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Santa Fe Depot (San Diego Trolley Blue Line)
San Diego, CA-Santa Fe Depot
Santa Fe Depot is the central railroad station of San Diego. There are four tracks for Amtrak's California Surfliners and the NCTD Coaster Commuter Rail Line. There is a strange layout of the platforms of side-track-track-island-track-track-island. The island platform that is closest to the station building (and seems to be for the track Coaster uses) is shared with the 'Santa Fe Depot' on the blue line trolley that is parallel to the rail tracks. All passengers wishing to access the commuter rail and Amtrak lines have to cross the trolley tracks. The other trolley side platform is directly next to the historic Santa Fe Depot building that was built in the Spanish Mission style and has been restored. Even though the station is the terminus of all commuter and intercity trains the tracks continue south of the station (with the light rail parallel to them), begin merging into fewer tracks after a massive six track wide grade crossing just south of the station, and continue south to provide freight access to the various ports that are just south of the station.
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(santa_fe_depot1) SD100 LRV #2003 leads an orange line train (that doesn't actually stop at the Santa Fe Depot, but goes around it). As it curves out of the America Plaza Station that is only one block away from the Santa Fe Depot Station.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot2) SD100 LRV #2003 is about to curve south just south of the ends of the platforms at Union Station to get closer to the ocean.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot3) SD100 LRV #2003 continues curving as it goes onto the right of way that gets very near the ocean, blocking a grade crossing that has over five tracks (two for the light rail) three are tracks that are at the end of the Santa Fe Depot and probably only get service from an occasional freight train serving the seaport.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot4) SD100 LRV #2003 has finished curving onto the right of way that will get it much closer to the ocean.
15 March, 2008
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(santa_fe_depot5) F59PHI Locomotive #463 at the back of a Surfliner train that it prepares to push north to Las Angeles. It waits among the palm trees at San Diego's Santa Fe Depot
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot6) Another view of F59PHI locomotive #463 it's Surfliner train at San Diego's Santa Fe Depot
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot7) A side view of F59PHI locomotive and the Santa Fe Depot building.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot8) A new tower is being built behind F59PHI Locomotive #463 that is ready to push a Surfliner train up to Las Angeles.
15 March, 2008
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(santa_fe_depot9) SD100 LRV #2038 pulls an orange line train just south of the Santa Fe Depot Station, even though it doesn't actually stop their.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot10) SD100 LRV #2038 leads a train just south of the Santa Fe Depot Station that curves north up to America Plaza Station, just missing the Depot Station.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot11) SD100 LRV #2019 continues as the last car of an Orange Line train barely misses stopping at the Santa Fe Depot Station and curves up to serve American Plaza instead.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot12) SD100 LRV #2019 continues curving off the light rail that serves the waterfront to enter it's more inland route through downtown.
15 March, 2008
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(santa_fe_depot13) Looking down the Blue Line's Light Rail Tracks through the Santa Fe Depot Station. They separate the Amtrak and Coaster platforms from the Station building.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot14) Looking from the Light Rail platform across to Bombardier Cab-Car #2303 and Coach #2310 that consist of part of four coach northbound Coaster train on a rainy Saturday night.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot15) Bombardier bi-level coaches #2501 & #2206 are two more of the coaches of a four car Coaster Train that waits to leave San Diego and make it's run up to Oceanside on a rainy Saturday night.
15 March, 2008
(santa_fe_depot16) Looking down the blue line station with it's two side platforms at the Santa Fe Depot. It's tracks are the closest to the large depot building
15 March, 2008
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