Amtrak Coast Starlight #11 at Horseshoe Curve near San Luis Obispo
Added: February 27, 2011
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Remarks: Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight makes its way down the Cuesta Grade as it roles around the Horseshoe Curve just outside of San Luis Obispo, CA. This was a beautiful sunny day along the California Coast.
Why is there so much squealing coming from the train's passing? Is the wheel-to-rail clearance that tight? I've been here a number of times and do not remember such a high level of noise. If, however, this is the downgrade, the brakes could be making the racket. Most times, I have heard the diesels straining to make the necessary power for the electric motors on this grade.
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