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Here is the crew doing their last minutes checks as the steamer is releasing steam in the usual spots near and in the cab. This was my 1st time actually chasing a steam train without the huge railfan crowds around.. What a noticable change.
Trenitalia #8696, a Class ALn 663 diesel locomotive roars out of Marsala, Sicily at twilight. I knew it was too dark for a still shot, so I thought I'd try a pan. With the front in focus and the rest of the train and background blurred, you get the sense of how fast this train was moving.
Trenitalia #8678,one of the older ALn 668 class, departs Marsala station for Alcamo Diramazione, Sicily. The female conductor was wondering what "that crazy American" was trying to do as I ran from one end of the station to the other to get photos of the train arriving and departing.
Trenitalia #22776, one of the newer Minuetto class diesel locomotives, flies through the beautiful western Sicilian countryside just east of Mozia-Birgi on its way to Castelvetrano. Mt. Erice dominates the background. Photo edited 16 Feb 2008.
The sun is setting as Trenitalia #8696 departs Marsala, Sicily for Mazara del Vallo. This is the new Minuetto train that is replacing the 663 and 668 class diesels. It has a top speed of 130 km/hr (~80 mph).
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