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RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (January, 2014)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers. Click on each photo to see it full size! Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at

LaJunta station photo 1-2014 by Larson train
This is the LaJunta, Colorado, station with Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, one of the endangered stations on that route if the train is rerouted or eliminated next year. While the local communities along the route are cranking up their support for maintaining the present train route, as should be the case, Amtrak must consider the effect on towns like LaJunta of a discontinuance. Photo by Daniel Carleton.

Caltrain 150th 18-Jan 2014 #3 0152
Another celebration for the 150th Anniversary of Caltrain service was held on January 18, 2014, at the Santa Clara station. In this photo a “piper” is making his entrance to the tent where the ceremonies were held. Distinguished guests included members of the Caltrain Board including RailPAC VP North Art Lloyd, who is also a veteran Samtrans Board member. Photo by Bruce Jenkins.

Expo LRT 5th Street grade crossing construction
Expo line Phase 2 work is progressing in Santa Monica. Crews are preparing forms for the 5th Street grade crossing track slab concrete pour on January 23. The last mile of mainline runs along Colorado Avenue and gently curves here into the new 4th Street Terminus Station in the background. Photo and caption by Dave Vornberger.

At the LOSSAN Board meeting on January 15, 2014 in the City of Orange RailPAC President Paul Dyson presented a plaque to Linda Culp, honoring her work on behalf of Intercity Rail, and a companion certificate of appreciation to Daniel Veeh of SANDAG for the two of them handling the administrative duties of LOSSAN for the last 14 years. A fulltime LOSSAN staff will take over this work at OCTA as the organization reorganizes into its new JPA status. OCTA photo.

Meeting Mark Murphy
Amtrak General Manager, Long Distance Services, Mark Murphy was a featured speaker at the RailPAC Steel Wheels Conference, speaking to a large, interested crowd, on February 1. More photos and articles about the meeting can be found on this website. Noel Braymer photo.