Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2012

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Bill Anderson

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Good shots. You do a very good job of coming up with original photos from the same area. I have a thing for engine numbers and your shot of BNSF #999 was quite the catch.
 

jkinzel

Member
Great photos as always. I really like the trolley photos; they give a sense of tranquility and a time when life ran at a little slow pace.

I have to ask, is you VW a TDI?
 

Itsed65

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Thanks guys, I try to keep it fresh!

From Roseville to Oakland, there are plenty of great areas to shoot!

Yeah, where the interurbans run is out in mostly farmland that hasn't changed much from when the Sacramento Northern was running there 100 years ago to ferry across the bay to Antioch. I get up to Travis every month or so, and try to take a spin out that way, as along with the railroad museum, there are lots of birds, as well as the wind turbines now, to photograph. Plus there are some fun roads if I am driving my Dub.

The VW is a GTI, so no diesel, but a 2.0 liter turbo. Still gets well over 30 at highway cruise, and lots of fun to drive.
 

Itsed65

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Well I actually spent last weekend in Sonoma at the Historic Motorsports Festival watching guys drive their million dollar classics around Sears Point, so I'm digging into the "archives" of early May:p

Intermodal at Pinole Shores
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The weekend light power move running back to Martinez
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The Richmond Pacific looking like a tourist railroad versus a port short line.
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Lastly, another baretable blasting by the Eckley fishing pier
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The end!
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:cool:
 

Itsed65

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So it's 106 degrees here in downtown Pinole this afternoon, so instead of being out chasing trains, I'm cowering in air conditioned comfort in my little home office in front of my computer going over some stuff I have already shot. It is supposed to be a bit cooler tomorrow, so I still hope to get out this weekend and get some fresh stuff.

First off, I have been playing with panning shots lately, trying to hone my skills for car racing and airshows coming up, but I like the effect on some train shots as well...

Amtrak at Eckley Pier
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Opposite of panning, some kids watch as the Zephyr blasts by
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A pair of Geeps heading out to the refinery to pick up some tank cars
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"Normal" photo of the pair
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In between trains, this little fellow (or girl, I couldn't tell you) came out to explore the trackside. Luckily it bolted back into the woods before the next train.
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BNSF heading toward the central valley
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Speaking of BNSF, saw an interesting setup working on the track in Franklin Canyon a few weeks ago..
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To finish, I caught 5 road units running light through Hercules one Saturday morning, one still wearing SP gray, heading toward Sacramento
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Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
 

Itsed65

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Caught a GP15-1 running solo long hood forward at Hercules one morning..the first shot is a bit hazy due to heat distortion. I was at the opposite end of the park from where I would normally get west bound stuff and was at max zoom
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Going away from me...
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A bit later a big group of road units came by...I posted a couple from this group already
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Notice the blimp in this shot...It was for Vodka...
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Back at Pinole later that afternoon, I caught the light power move heading back toward Martinez
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Last for this week, the California Zephyr speeding through the pedestrian crossing at Eckley Pier.
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JSJD

New Member
Awsome Pics

I am a BNSF conductor and I really enjoy your pictures that you post, not just of BNSF but of Amtrak, UP and the local nature population. If you are ever looking for a different place to take pictures of BNSF and Amtrak along the BNSF main line, in Pittsburg right across the tracks from the USS/POSSCO steel plant there is a public parking lot that provides a great spot to see not only the Pittsburg yard, but the mainline as well. Anywhere around the Pittsburg yard and around Railroad avenue gives you a chance to see BNSF, Amtrak and UP interchange road switcher. Hope to see you out there. Enjoy the great weather.

Conductor Dickinson
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
I am a BNSF conductor and I really enjoy your pictures that you post, not just of BNSF but of Amtrak, UP and the local nature population. If you are ever looking for a different place to take pictures of BNSF and Amtrak along the BNSF main line, in Pittsburg right across the tracks from the USS/POSSCO steel plant there is a public parking lot that provides a great spot to see not only the Pittsburg yard, but the mainline as well. Anywhere around the Pittsburg yard and around Railroad avenue gives you a chance to see BNSF, Amtrak and UP interchange road switcher. Hope to see you out there. Enjoy the great weather.

Conductor Dickinson
Hey thanks for the nice words! Could you be more specific about where this parking lot is? I have driven around that area before and didn't find anything like that, and I looked at Google Maps and didn't really see anything either. Do you know what street it's on? No biggy either way, I will scout the area again soon when I get time. You have to time it right or Hwy 4 traffic really sucks! :eek:

Again, glad you like my photos. :D
 

JSJD

New Member
Uss/posco

My computer cut me off yesterday, its to the right on Pittsburg-Antioch freeway right before you go under the railway overpass so you would have to turn right onto Pittsburg-Antioch freeway then make a left into the lot. Yeah 4 can be a pain, I have been going between my home in Vallejo and Pittsburg working two different road switcher jobs lately, but today it is back on the road.
 

Itsed65

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Thanks for the info! I will defiantly try to get over that way soon. I'm heading down to LA next week for a mini vacation to check out the railroad exhibit at the Huntington Library, among other things, so sometime later in July probably.

To make sure this doesn't get too wordy, a few more pix...I caught a nicer looking warbonnet the other week.

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And after a rare May shower, I caught these turkey vultures (quite ubiquitous around theses parts) drying off above a string of empties stored on the Christie siding.
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Dick H

New Member
Every Sunday the Geeps at the Martinez yard make a run to the Oakland yard, I assume for servicing. I caught them on their way back to Martinez just east of Emeryville.
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Wow! Clean locos. We don't see clean ones very often up here in Portland. :)
 

Itsed65

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Wow! Clean locos. We don't see clean ones very often up here in Portland. :)
Yeah, the local Geeps at Martinez are rotated fairly regularly, and usually look pretty decent. Right now, we have three red HLCX's working the area along with the UP's. I haven't seen an un-repainted unit in quite a while. We used to see a lot of old SP and even Rio Grande units around, but I guess they have been slowly but surely painted, sold or scrapped.

Here is the current set of local units on their way to Oakland for their weekly servicing. Of course I was on the wrong side of the tracks and the wrong side of the sun, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
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The light was better as the group headed away from me.
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Passing through the C&H sugar complex
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B&W
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Then other day I caught two of the leasers setting out some tanks on the Hercules siding while I was having my after work snack at the local park. Same rules apply...wrong side of the tracks for light.
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More to come soon. I was down in LA for the 4th, and haven't been around to process some good shots from the last week or so. Hope everyone had a good holiday.
 

Itsed65

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Seems I catch more power running light than trains lately...
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If you look hard, you can see a blimp way over the bay at the Giants game that was going on
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And then there are always Amtraks to shoot...some pushing and pulling going on
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More to come:cool:
 

Bill Anderson

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Good shots. I like your creative use of the camera settings to keep the everyday from becoming ordinary. I must start trying that myself.
 

Itsed65

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Good shots. I like your creative use of the camera settings to keep the everyday from becoming ordinary. I must start trying that myself.
You should Bill. After all, the price of failure with digital is a sore finger from using the delete key, versus an empty wallet in the days of film! I try new stuff all the time, very little of which is good enough for me to consider posting. I still learn even from failure though.
 

Itsed65

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We had really great weather and air quality last weekend when I grabbed these. Over 3 miles away and barely any atmospheric distortion in this grab of a Capital Corridor rolling by the refineries in Rodeo.
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Same train about 5 minutes later
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You can see where I was zoomed to in the background of this photo
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In between trains, this Osprey kept me entertained hunting for his lunch (what I would do for a 600mm f4.0 :cool: )
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Next up, a medium sized westbound container came by. For once, the trains and sun were in agreement about which way to point, and some of these are even print worth to me!
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That's all for now. It's my turn to cook tonight :rolleyes:
 

Bill Anderson

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What camera/lens combo were you using for those far zoom shots of the trains passing the refinery (or whatever it is)? Those shots are truly remarkable for the lack of heat waves or other distortion.

Good shot of the osprey. I take my osprey action shots hand held with my 100-400 zoom. A tripod mounted 4.0/600 would probably be too cumbersome to capture the action like you did
 




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