Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2012 is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.


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Awesome pics Itsed!!!
Thanks! I haven't been out around here much lately, as I have had a couple of trips and just finished building a new computer that runs photo editing software MUCH faster, but I should be back to my normal roaming soon hopefully. I also have some pics from my road trip to Truckee and Portola to get up.

A few more from the same day by the bay. This time a westbound container train.




Mr. Pick

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Itsed, from composition, to focus, exposure, and then processing, your photos are awesome. I study them and try to learn from them. You set the bar pretty high up there! Great work!


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Thanks guys! Obviously some of the pics are heavily post processed for a certain look, but most of the time, its just a crop, then a levels and curves adjustment in Lightroom, along with a bump in the clarity and vibrance sliders, which does bump up the mid tone contrast.

Anything major, I use the NIK software plugins for.


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California Zephyr pouring on the coals as it accelerates out of Martinez toward it's next destination

Another westbound container train

Its DPU in kind of a miniature look

BNSF power move through Franklin Canyon

Notice the burn marks on the lead unit

Heading away in the late afternoon

I may have more soon...I just picked up a used 300mm f2.8 IS lens, which is not really for trains, but I know I wont be able to resist seeing how it "looks" :cool:


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Out there in "big country" where you shoot, that 300 will be fun to use. Great shots, as always!
Thanks, and as promised, I had to take the new lens out for a test drive.

At 2.8 just because I can!

Lucky for me, this guy wasn't scared of the huge white lens!

A little "tilt shift" editing added to this one! Back to normal with my next post, promise :rolleyes:


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I caught a GP-39M still in BN colors at the San Pablo UPS facility, switching up some empties.


I love the old BN color scheme. Reminds me of my days as a kid in Montana watching all the action near Mullen pass, in between Helena and Garrison (Now MRL).


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I went to have lunch in Emeryville the other week, so spent some time at the Amtrak Depot. First thing I saw was a local switch job way down the tracks in Berkeley spotting some covered hoppers at a local industry.

This is shot through the fence on the pedestrian bridge, and came out pretty good considering.

After the cars were spotted, the lone Geep ran solo back to the Oakland yard.

Fun to see them running long hood forward.


I was not the only railfan out that day, although I was the old fashioned one with the still camera. These boys were all shooting video.


And off into the Port of Oakland area

Next a couple of Capital Corridor trains came through


P42 in push mode

The conductor is taking one last look out the door as the train accelerates for the short run to Berkeley on its way to Sacramento.

Last one for this week...moving out


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The Zephyr from a ways off, gliding by the east bay refineries.

Another great bay area day. First day of Autumn. (A week later, today, it's over 100)

The crew seems to enjoy the weather.

This string of empty tanks has been here for a few weeks now. Capital Corridor passing them at the Hercules siding.

Having just dropped off a container train at the San Pablo intermodal yard, the power waits for the signal to head over to the Richmond yard.

Heading back to Martinez

Mr. Pick

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Excellent shots, as always. Been thinking about buying a camcorder myself and trying out the "dark side" of videoing trains. I wouldn't give up my still camera, but I have some ideas for videos....but so far trying to figure out which camcorder to buy has sidelined the whole scheebang...I must be getting old...:D

Jon Bentz

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Nice series. I noticed some young railfans at the Emeryville station in one of your shots. Good to see some young blood in the hobby.


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Nice series. I noticed some young railfans at the Emeryville station in one of your shots. Good to see some young blood in the hobby.
Thanks. Yes I have seen this group of kids out several times around the area. They are very enthusiastic, and the local crews seem to tolerate them pretty well. The Amtrak people let them have free reign on the platforms as long as they don't interfere with paying passengers.


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Still love your work. There seems to be a couple of kids that take video and stills of us as we go by in Richmond by Atlas Road by our North Bay UPS facility and at Rheem siding. Once they made a homemade whistle board sign and my engineer and I just had to blow a crossing signal to commend their creativity. They loved it. If you get a chance BNSF departs out of Emeryville from our OIG terminal at hte port to Stege in Richmond then through the heart of Richmond past the RPRC yard and Safeway siding to get onto our main from the UP. Usually empty wells outbound and loaded container trains inbound towards OIG. Keep up the great work, I'm jealous I still haven't made it in any of your photos yet lol!! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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