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Amtrak Pooch 706 P30CH

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Steve Sloan's Trains : Amtrak : 700-799

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Amtrak 700-799

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AM 702 GE P30CH "Pooch"

AMTRAK 702 P30CH GE, Builder number 40696, Approx builder date 8/75 [Source]
Pooch Commute Photo History
From July 1978 to April 1979 the Southern Pacific leased Amtrak P30CH "pooch" engines 700 to 708, 711, 712, 714, 716, 720 and 724 from Amtrak for use on SP's commute trains between San Francisco and San Jose. The SP was power short at the time and wanted to use its own units in freight service. These photos were apparently made in the summer of 1978 (date not recorded) in South San Francisco.

Even though I was there, I took the photos, I had forgotten I had these until about the end of Feb. 2010. I was going through my negatives and found these on a long forgotten roll of Tri-X.
  • Photo of Amtrak Pooch 702 sitting as passengers load in South San Francisco on a commute in 1978.
    Neg 3.26.8A, Scan 2010030501.1

AM 705 GE P30CH

AMTRAK 705 P30CH GE, Builder number 40699, Approx builder date 8/75 [Source]
Ampooch approaches
Ampooch 705 approaches, then stops to load passengers in South San Francisco on an unrecorded day in 1978. 35mm Tri-X film.

AM 706 GE P30CH

AMTRAK 706 P30CH GE, Builder number 40700, Approx builder date 8/75 [Source]
Pooch highballs an express
Amtrak 706 highballs an express through South San Francisco on an unrecorded day in 1978. 35mm Tri-X film.

AM 707 GE P30CH

AMTRAK 707 P30CH GE, Builder number 40701, Approx builder date 8/75 [Source]
Pooch on a commute
Amtrak 707 approaching South San Francisco on a commute on an unrecorded day in 1978. 35mm Tri-X film.

AM 712 GE P30CH

AMTRAK 712 P30CH GE, Builder number 40706, Approx builder date 9/75 [Source]
Pooch on a commute
Amtrak 712 approaching South San Francisco on a commute on an unrecorded day in 1978 35mm Tri-X film.

AM 712 GE P32AC-DM

Train 281 at Depew
Amtrak P32AC-DM 712 leads train 281 at Depew Station, Buffalo, NY at 7:20 p.m. on June 20, 2010.

AMTK 715 GE P32AC-DM

According to good sources AMTK 715 was built in 1996-1998 by GE as a model P32AC-DM, builders number 50195, from series 710-717.
Amtrak Empire Service Train in Fairport
On the Thursday, July 4, 2019, Amtrak 715, a GE P32AC-DM, leads a Empire Service train at Milepost 359, County Road 44, in Fairport, NY.

AM 716 GE P32AC-DM

Train 281 at Genesee River, Rochester, NY
Amtrak P32AC-DM 716 leads train 281 westbound over the rainbow at the high falls on the Genesee River, Rochester, NY at 6:18 p.m. on June 21, 2010. This view is from the Pont De Rennes bridge, Rochester, New York. The High Falls only get Northern Light for train shooting about two weeks a year, around the Summer Solstice. That's when I was there. Then, of course, only when the weather cooperates, as it did this day. Here is more info about that photo location.

AM 724 GE P30CH

AMTRAK 724 P30CH GE, Builder number 40718 built around 1/76 [Source]
Last pooch on a commute
The last pooch. Amtrak 724 highballs an express through South San Francisco on an unrecorded day in 1978. 35mm Tri-X film. Matthew Vurek said, "I think that caboose (in the photo) was used on the local that worked the San Bruno Branch. Last run to the end of the line in Daly City was in 1978 (month and day unknown)."

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