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Locomotive engineer operating a Capitol Corridor train, 2015.

Color digital image showing a locomotive engineer operating a Capitol Corridor train (Auburn-Sacramento-Emeryville-Oakland-San Jose); image dates to September 2015.

Locomotive engineer operating a <i>Capitol Corridor</i> train, 2015.

Locomotive Engineer West Duvall operates a Capitol Corridor train. The engineer is responsible for operating the locomotive or cab control car safely and efficiently. The engineer must know intimately the physical characteristics of the territory over which he or she operates, including the track configuration, allowed speeds, signal systems and station locations.

Duvall is operating Caltrans-owned F59PHI diesel locomotive No. 2007. Manufactured by General Motors Corporation's Electro-Motive Division (EMD), it has 3,200 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 110 mph. Capitol Corridor trains generally employ bi-level "California cars." Along with the locomotive, they wear a distinctive blue and yellow paint scheme.

The Capitol Corridor route is primarily financed and operated in partnership with the State of California. It is managed by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), which partners with Amtrak, the Union Pacific Railroad, Caltrans and the communities comprising the CCJPA to continue development of a cost-effective, viable and safe intercity passenger rail service.

Photographer: Chuck Gomez for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.