If you take Amtrak or the Coaster from downtown San Diego to Oceanside, at about the halfway point you enter what looks very much like a heavily rural, undeveloped area because there is nothing in sight from the train windows except sandstone cliffs and vegetation.
In the upper left corner of that picture is a collection of abandoned boats, shown here:
That boat collection is the only urban stuff you’ll see during a 20-minute segment of your trip through Miramar (see squiggly gray line that red arrow points to on map below):
Recently, however, I realized that it might not be as undeveloped and rural as I thought since Miramar Road and the Marine Corps Air Base Miramar are highly developed and definitely not rural.
The first picture above is a rail triangle, so I went searching for it on Google maps, and found it! On the map above, look for “Miramar Rd” directly below the point of the red arrow. Then look directly below “Miramar Rd” and you’ll see a gray triangle. That’s it! That’s the place! So off I went.
I found the location and it definitely is not rural and undeveloped. In fact, that collection of abandoned boats is simply the storage yard for a huge marine repair facility which you’ll never see from the train.
There is nowhere to park on Miramar Road’s eight lanes of high-speed traffic. I found a parking spot on a side street but walking on Miramar Road to where I wanted to go was a little on the scary side.
I found a bridge that gave me a direct view of the rail triangle and the tracks that Amtrak and Coaster would be by on. I’m sure there were quite a few car occupants who wondered why I was standing on a bridge with traffic zooming by at 55 mph just feet from me. The things we bloggers do for our audiences……..
I spent three hours standing on that bridge taking videos of trains below me. In the video below, you can see the boat storage yard at the upper center, and the building at top left is the huge marine repair facility.
This is a northbound Coaster commuter train on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at CP Miramar.
What one sees from the train windows is not always indicative of reality.
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