Located northeast of San Francisco, California, on the shore of San Pablo Bay, the city of Pinole is a scenic hot spot with trains running right along the water’s edge. Union Pacific’s Martinez Subdivision, the old Southern Pacific Cal-P line, skirts the bay just a few feet above sea level. A stone’s throw away and at a slightly higher elevation is the BNSF Stockton Subdivision. On September 23, 2008, TSG Multimedia’s cameras filmed every train that came through Pinole from mid-morning until late in the afternoon. This video shows each train in its entirety!
Eastbound and westbound Amtrak California Capitol Corridor trains run along the bay all day long, behind dark blue, silver and gold Amtrak California F59PHIs and blue and silver Amtrak P42s. Amtrak’s California Zephyr appears twice, once as eastbound train 6, just beginning its cross-country run to Chicago, and again as westbound train 5. Several Union Pacific freight trains also come through Pinole, as well as BNSF local and a hotshot “Z” train!