Trains of Edmonds, Washington

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Bill Anderson

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Apparently BNSF has secret decoder rings to tell which is which. Two cars called "Trinchera Pass." Interesting how short the cars in your photos are.

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The cars only appear short due to compression caused by the lens. My son was taking the photos with the 1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom using the "long" (400mm) end. The photos would have been better if he had been using the "short" (100mm) end.

The best camera + lens combo would have been the 7DII + 16-35L or 5DIII + 24-105L wide angle zooms. The 5DIII was unavailable as it was attached to the 500L telephoto + 2x III teleconverter for bird photos. I had forgotten the 7DII at home, but my old 7D was sitting in the pickup where it was doing no good. :mad:
 
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Bill Anderson

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Friday afternoon (8-23-19) my son and I went "bird hunting" at the usual locations in town. We were at the marsh in time for the afternoon passenger parade, so I sent him to the #1 viewing platform to photograph the Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amtrak #8). This time I came prepared and gave him the 7DII + 16-35L wide angle zoom.

One of the Pt. Edwards eagles had been perched in a tree above Willow Creek on the south side of the marsh. Shortly before the 'Builder's arrival it flew to the top of a pole beside the tracks, but took off as the 'Builder passed. If you look carefully, you can see that my son captured the action in the first three photos.

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The eagle's departure startled a flock of starlings which had been roosting above the eagle on the cross arms of the telephone pole.

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Builder passing the viewing platform.

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Bill Anderson

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In true Itsed65 fashion, I was photographing the action from the #2 (main) viewing platform with the 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 2x III teleconverter.
The eagle screeched at some annoying gulls after it landed on the pole.

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Taking off as the Builder passed.

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You can check out the complete set of eagle photos I took that day, including the pair's fledglings, by going to this link:
http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/index.php?threads/edmonds-eagles-2018-2019.19593/page-3
 

Bill Anderson

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Saturday afternoon (8-24-19) a group of young women standing on the #1 viewing platform discovered the benefit of the new grade crossing warning system. They don't have to cover their ears, as trains like the Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amtrak #8) no longr have to blow their horns for the Dayton St. and Main St. crossings.

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Bill Anderson

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Tuesday afternoon (9-3-19) I sent my son down to the #1 viewing platform at the marsh to photograph the Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amrtak #8).

While there was nothing unusual about the train or its consist......

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I enjoyed his shots of insects swarming against the background of the passing cars.

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Bill Anderson

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Wednesday afternoon (6-5-19) I sent Daren back to the #1 platform to photograph the afternoon Builder just in case there was something unique about the motive power or private cars in the consist.

There wasn't.

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I don't know how long this southbound freight (tt/west) had been sitting at MP 18 to wait out the 5:00-5:30pm north (tt/east) bound passenger parade of two Sounders and the Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amtrak #8). The train must have been very heavy, because these older diesels were working quite hard to get the train up to track speed and on to the double track at MP 16 ahead of the 6:00pm Sounder.

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Lash up per The Diesel Shop.
1419, 1406: SD60M
268: SD75M/SD75I
 
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