Coaster: San Diego to Oceanside documents the operation of the Coaster train in southern California.
Coaster, formally known as Coast Express Rail, operates on a 41-mile stretch of the former Santa Fe “Surf Line” between San Diego and Oceanside. Popular with both commuters and tourists, this service carries over 1.5 million riders per year along some of the most spectacular coastline in North America.
This production takes you to all eight active stations, including the beautiful and historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego, as well as other locations along the line. Our video footage is augmented by historic and current photographs, and a thoroughly researched narrative.
You’ll see F40PH-2C and F59PHI locomotives in action. Amtrak’s Surfliners, which run from San Diego to Los Angeles and beyond, also use this line.
Though they often operate at night, we managed to get footage of BNSF freight trains in daylight at points all along the line.
We have footage of the San Diego Trolley, too, operating under wire on its own tracks that run parallel to the Coaster right-of-way through San Diego.
Coaster is not the only rail service operated by the North County Transit District. Utilizing articulated diesel multiple unit cars (DMUs), Sprinter operates from Oceanside over the former Santa Fe branch line to Escondido. You’ll see footage of the NCTD’s Sprinter trains in Oceanside, which are painted in the same color scheme!
And we have not forgotten Metrolink, which connects with Coaster at the Oceanside Transit Center.
And if that weren’t enough, we have footage of Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751 on a 2010 excursion from Los Angeles to San Diego and back!
Join us for a look at some gorgeous west coast railroading!
If you would like to learn more about this railroad, visit the North County Transit District.
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