Whatever Happened To The Cincinnati Railway #381?

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Cincinnati Railway F40PH #381

How many times have you heard me say, “Shoot it now because you never know when it’ll be gone….” Tomorrow is promised to no one and in the case of railroad photography, neither is a second chance.

I ran across the Cincinnati Railway excursion train along Riverside Drive┬ánear the Prospect Hills section of Cincinnati and although the lighting wasn’t flattering and didn’t do the dirty-but-dapper train service, it was an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.

Good thing I didn’t because I never got a second chance and although I made several more trips along Riverside Drive I never saw this train again.

The CNRY (Cincinnati Railway) #381 is a former Amtrak Surfliner (from Amtrak California) F40PH unit which, when photographed here, still retained its original scheme.

The Pacific Surfliner itself is the 350-mile passenger train operated by Amtrak as part of the Amtrak California network. The Surfliner serves the communities on the coast of Southern California between San Diego and San Luis Obispo…. For easier reference, it’s the train you see, in all those railfan pictures, passing by the beach goers on the beaches of San Diego!

The Pacific Surfliner was (and perhaps still is) Amtrak’s third-busiest service, and the busiest outside of the Northeast Corridor. The route’s named after the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway’s Surf Line.

By the time the 381 was photographed here under the somber, gray winter skies of 2004/2005, sandy beaches, ocean view sunsets and palm trees were now only happy memories for the southern Californian as it sat pondering its future.

Today the CNRY no longer owns #381 as it now serves the Nashville Star commuter railroad but as of 2012, it still retained it’s Surfliner scheme!… I don’t know about 2015!

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The Cincinnati Railway F40PH #381

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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