Sprinter (light rail)

A Sprinter train near College Blvd. in July 2020
A Sprinter train near College Blvd. in July 2020
Sprinter at Oceanside, 2007-11-03.
An image of the Sprinter's middle bogie and articulation system.
A SPRINTER at the NCTD Vista Transit Center
Sprinter vehicle at maintenance shop in Escondido

Diesel multiple unit hybrid rail route (light rail with some commuter rail features) operating in the North County area of San Diego County between the cities of Escondido and Oceanside, California, United States.

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Metrolink (California)

Commuter rail system in Southern California consisting of seven lines and 62 stations operating on 534 mi of rail network.

Metrolink logo as of 2017
Metrolink ticket vending machines. Machines also sell tickets for Amtrak trains and the FlyAway Bus to Los Angeles International Airport.
Metrolink trains approaching and leaving Union Station during the evening rush hour
2005 Glendale crash aftermath
2008 Chatsworth crash aftermath

It connects with the Los Angeles County Metro Rail and Metro Busway system, the San Diego Coaster commuter rail and Sprinter light rail services, and with Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, and Texas Eagle intercity rail services.

Coaster (commuter rail)

Commuter rail service that operates in the central and northern coastal regions of San Diego County, California, United States.

A Coaster train near Encinitas, March 2021.
A Coaster train near Encinitas, March 2021.
A Coaster train passes over a new concrete bridge (as part of a bridge replacement project) near the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Coaster route map (with other commuter lines included). This does not show routes of the San Diego Trolley.

SDNR purchased the 41 miles of the Surf Line within San Diego County plus the 22 miles Escondido Branch (later used for the SPRINTER) from the Santa Fe Railway that year.

North County Transit District

Agency responsible for public transportation in Northern San Diego County, California.

The agency manages the COASTER commuter rail service between Oceanside and San Diego, the SPRINTER light rail service between Escondido and Oceanside, the BREEZE transit bus service, LIFT paratransit service, and FLEX on-demand and point-deviation service.

Oceanside, California

City on the South Coast of California, located in San Diego County.

Oceanside's origins date to 1798, when the Spanish founded Mission San Luis Rey de Francia under the leadership of Fermín de Lasuén.
The village of San Luis Rey and its mission in 1827.
Luiseños refusing to work for Captain Pablo de la Portillà in 1835.
View of Oceanside at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Americanization School was built in 1931 as a segregated school which aimed at Americanizing Oceanside's Hispanic community.
Oceanside Harbor.
Aerial view of Oceanside and the Oceanside Pier.
The church at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
Mount Ecclesia is the headquarters of the Rosicrucian Fellowship.
California Surf Museum.
Oceanside Harbor Village
Tri-City Medical Center
Sunshine Brooks Theatre.
Downtown, Sunset Market
Oceanside Civic Center.
Oceanside Post Office.
Oceanside High School.

The Oceanside Transit Center provides train services on Amtrak, Metrolink, Coaster, and Sprinter.

California State University San Marcos

Public university in San Marcos, California.

Cal State San Marcos' Kellogg Library, overlooking University Hall Plaza (foreground)
A view of the campus from the Sprinter station. To the right is Parking Structure I.

The SPRINTER light rail provides service to a station on the northeast corner of the campus.

Light rail

Form of passenger urban rail transit characterized by a combination of tram and metro features.

The light rail in Tunis, Tunisia, was the only light rail in Africa until 2015.
Los Angeles' expansion of mass transit has been driven in large part by light rail. The L Line is pictured above.
Utah Transit Authority's TRAX has 50 stations on three lines.
London's Docklands Light Railway is run by Transport for London.
The CTrain is a light rail system operated by Calgary Transit
Streetcar built by Preston Car Company in Ontario
Edmonton Light Rail Transit in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was the first modern LRT line in North America
The MetroLink light rail in St. Louis, Missouri, United States
The Buenos Aires Premetro, built in 1987
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SEPTA's 101 trolley pulling into 69th Street Terminal near Philadelphia
Metrolink in Manchester city center, England, is an example of street-level light rail
Gold Coast's G:Link Light Rail runs on a mix of a dedicated right of way, tunnels, and at grade intersections
Some light rail networks feature extensive underground sections, like the Edmonton LRT in Canada.
The Tenerife Tram in Tenerife, Spain, includes some operation at street level, but separated from other traffic
Sydney's Dulwich Hill Line is mostly situated on segregated tracks along a former heavy rail corridor
Hong Kong's MTR Light Rail serves the northwest suburbs with unidirectional high floor LRVs.
Belgium's Coast Tram operates over almost 70 km and connects multiple town centres.
Circular light rail in front of the Gate of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A Crystal Mover LRT train on boarding
The new Ion system in Ontario's Waterloo Region spurred massive development along its route before opening
On the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn, trams sometimes share mainline tracks with heavy rail trains
The Trillium Line in Ottawa was built along a freight railway and is still occasionally used by freight traffic overnight.
The Tren de la Costa in Greater Buenos Aires
A light-rail vehicle on the Hämeenkatu street in Tampere
Metrotram in Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine) was separated from the streets, but later it was upgraded to be compatible with common tramways
A light-rail vehicle, a part of the TTC streetcar system in Toronto

Light rail vehicles are typically driven electrically with power being drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley [pole] or a pantograph; driven by an operator onboard the vehicle; and may have either high platform loading or low-level boarding using steps." However, some diesel-powered transit is designated light rail, such as the O-Train Trillium Line in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the River Line in New Jersey, United States, and the Sprinter in California, United States, which use diesel multiple unit (DMU) cars.

Vista, California

City in San Diego County, California.

Much of Vista was part of Rancho Agua Hedionda, a Mexican-era rancho granted to Californio politician Juan María Marrón in 1842.
The Guajome Adobe at Rancho Guajome, built 1852–1853, is the second oldest building in Vista. The oldest is the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, built in 1845.https://www.cityofvista.com/residents/rancho-buena-vista-adobe
Brengle Terrace Park
Vista Civic Center. The flag of Vista is visible in the background (blue flag, center).
North County Regional Center

The North County Transit District operates a bus system and a light rail system, Sprinter, with stations at Vista Transit Center and Civic Center Drive within city limits and also the Buena Creek Road in eastern Vista sphere of influence.

Siemens Desiro

Family of diesel or electric multiple unit passenger trains developed by Siemens Mobility, a division of the German Siemens AG conglomerate.

Desiro train in Graz, Austria
A Bulgarian State Railways-operated Desiro train on the Sofia-Lakatnik line near Thompson.
Two Class 642s in Germany
OSE Desiro EMU
KLIA Ekspres-operated Desiro ET 425 M electric multiple unit train
A Desiro train in Romania at Otopeni Airport station
SŽ Series 312 at Ljubljana station
SPRINTER at Oceanside
ÖBB cityjet at Wien Floridsdorf train station in Vienna
Belgian MS08 at Antwerpen-Centraal in Antwerp
German class 460
First Russian Lastochka
Desiro for Suvarnabhumi Airport Link's city line, Bangkok, Thailand
A Rhine-Ruhr Express Desiro HC.
Israel Railways Desiro HC on a test run in June 2021
Israel Railways Desiro HC at Jerusalem–Yitzhak Navon railway station, september 2021
A Swiss Federal Railways operated Desiro train in Zürich's S-Bahn rail system

The Sprinter light rail system employs VT642 Desiro diesel units.

Escondido, California

City in San Diego County's North County region, 30 mi northeast of downtown San Diego, 15 miles from the ocean, and 40 miles from the Mexican border.

The 1846 Battle of San Pasqual was a battle between American and Californio forces during the U.S. Conquest of California.
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Aerial view of a citrus orchard in the San Pascual Valley in Escondido, California
Boating activities at Dixon Lake
Aerial view of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California
Historic Downtown Escondido
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A portion of the disc golf course at Kit Carson Park
Picnic Areas at Dixon Lake
Aerial view of Escondido City Hall and Grape Day Park behind
Historic railroad station
An aerial view of Interstate 15 approaching the Route 78 interchange in Escondido, California.
Escondido city buses entering and departing the Escondido Transit Center.
The Sprinter light rail train preparing to depart the platform at the Escondido Transit Center.

The Sprinter light rail line, operated by NCTD, links the transit center to Oceanside using the existing 22 mi-long Escondido Branch trackage of the San Diego Northern Railroad.

San Marcos, California

City in the North County region of San Diego County, California.

The origins and name of San Marcos come from Rancho Vallecitos de San Marcos, a Mexican-era rancho granted in 1840 to Californio ranchero José María Alvarado by his cousin Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado.
Lake San Marcos

SPRINTER light rail service, which is operated by the North County Transit District (NCTD), is available in the city of San Marcos with stops located at Palomar College, the San Marcos Civic Center, and Cal State San Marcos.