Santa Fe Railway
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) ... Pre-BNSF
Since these photographs were for the most part taken by me in the 1970's and 1980's, it stands to reason that a lot of the map locations shown for where they were taken are markedly different today. Tracks may have been removed, re-aligned or replaced by urban passenger lines such as MetroLink. It might be interesting to compare locations with how they look today.
Santa Fe's Escondido branch is now owned by North County Transit District and has been totally revamped with double track on concrete ties for most of its length, and some of it has been rerouted and added on to. Back when I lived in southern California in the 80's, there were no light rail or commuter trains; just the as-needed Escondido turn consisting of a couple of locomotives a few freight cars to serve the customers in Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, all followed up by a waycar (caboose).
My how things have changed.
In this photo series, I picked up a train just entering Escondido, switching Bell Milling, and followed it as it went about its business in Escondido and then returned to Oceanside.