A San Diego Northern Railroad work train is seen dumping fresh ballast at various locations along the former Santa Fe San Diego Subdivision in North San Diego County, California. The train consists of four Amtrak Ballast Hoppers sandwiched by two Coaster locomotives, one of which is running long hood forward.
First up we meet up with the train as it crosses Cassidy Street in Oceanside, CA. The lead unit is running long hood forward but that horn still mangages to sound excellent. The train pulled down to and stopped at CP Longboard just after Cassidy Street where it met Amtrak 577 before pulling onto Single track to begin dumping. I drove up to Longboard and picks up the action as the train dumps ballast across the Right of Way through the Buena Vista Lagoon and stops dumping just short of Carlsbad Village. The crew climbed aboard and I catch the train blast (horn, not speed) through the Village, then stop on the other side of town to begin dumping again. We leave the train as it dumps Ballast between signals 2292 and 2301 in Carlsbad, CA. The load was almost empty and the crew was almost dead on the law when I called it quits and made my way to work.
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