Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2012

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Itsed65

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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!!
Hehe, well I will keep trying to get you! I have seen the trains through Emeryville, but never when I am actually there with a camera, usually from the freeway or something. Most of Richmond is a bit too sketchy for me to hang out with a bunch of expensive gear waiting for a train if you know what I mean. But I do drive that way after work on Fridays, (3 dollar happy hour at the Hotel Mac in Pt Richmond!) so I will keep trying. I did get these couple of shots (straight into the morning sun) at Giant Highway last weekend, just around the bend from Atlas road.

Eastbound auto rack train.

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JSJD

New Member
Was that the Saturday morning vehice train? I left right before them on the UP 7616 headed to Stockton Intermodal in Mariposa. That poor crew got caught by the detector at Pinole right next to the Kinder's BBQ and Jack n the Box for handbrakes still tied. I can tell you having to walk 6,000 feet right there in Franklin Canyon, Pinole area is no fun.
 

Itsed65

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Was that the Saturday morning vehice train? I left right before them on the UP 7616 headed to Stockton Intermodal in Mariposa. That poor crew got caught by the detector at Pinole right next to the Kinder's BBQ and Jack n the Box for handbrakes still tied. I can tell you having to walk 6,000 feet right there in Franklin Canyon, Pinole area is no fun.
Well that explains why it didn't show up where I thought it would! (I actually love that Kinder's, and I hit the Jack for an after work snack before I park in the canyon to read a bit and see if anything shows.)

Your wait is over then, as I did get you! :D I raced ahead of the vehicle train, and I must have seen your train in the siding over and along Hwy 4, but I could only see the middle, so assumed it was heading toward Richmond and waiting for the vehicle train to pass. So I was very confused when a different train showed up, especially with a UP unit at the lead. It was cool though to see some variety on that stretch of track.

The first shots were at f2.8 and had a bit of model train look to it, so I juiced up the saturation a bit just for fun.
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I've been playing with square crops lately. Don't know why really, but they appeal to me sometimes.
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Couple more...
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JSJD

New Member
Wow!! Awsome, my kid will love this :D. Yeah I had a student conductor with me so he is actually sitting in the front, no better way to learn than to jump in and do it I say. I'm sitting down behind him between your photos. It was pretty fun using a UP unit. Since that was our lead that was what we went by, UP 7616. So between the UP West Oakland yardmaster, UP dispatch and our dispatcher, everyone was slightly confused about who we were and why we were using a UP unit. The UP units are slightly different in the cab configuration. If you notice how out ditch lights are not on and our nose light is on dim? The light switch was different and it wasn't until we were in the middle of tunnel 3 right there next to the farm did we realize we didn't have the lights right. How often do you get out on the BNSF? Do you have a radio that gets our channels?
 

Itsed65

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Glad you like! If you want a full size copy of any of them, PM me and I would be glad to pass it along.
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Awesome pics Itsed65!
Thank you very much!

Last Saturday, I spent a few hours in Hercules, but it was pretty dull, just the usual Capital Corridor and San Joaquin trains...
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Sunday morning found a train full of shiny new Hondas rolling through Franklin Canyon
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I switched to the UP tracks after lunch at Crockett

There were two six axle units running light with the usual Sunday run from the Oakland yard back to Martinez.
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8 units rolling through
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And one doesn't match
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You can tell it's Fall. The days are getting shorter and the shadows are reaching across the tracks a lot earlier in the afternoon. Here is the afternoon San Joaquin heading to Emeryville from Bakersfield.
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Tomorrow is Sunday, and another day to go out with my cameras :D
 

Bill Anderson

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You can tell it's Fall. The days are getting shorter and the shadows are reaching across the tracks a lot earlier in the afternoon. Here is the afternoon San Joaquin heading to Emeryville from Bakersfield.
With the seasonal changing of daylight hours, are there any opportunites for you to take sunrise or sunset photos of the passenger trains? :confused:
 

Itsed65

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With the seasonal changing of daylight hours, are there any opportunites for you to take sunrise or sunset photos of the passenger trains? :confused:
Unfortunately, from where the tracks run along the water, my vantage points are pretty much all facing the wrong way for any kind of dramatic sunsets. If I get on the other side of the bay, and use a great big canon of a zoom (no pun intended), I might be able to try something. It is something to think about during the season!
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Great shots !!!
Thanks!

The Chevron refinery in Richmond that recently had a major fire is the background for this shot of a westbound intermodal running along San Pablo Bay. I was just getting back into my car at Point Pinole regional park when this came by at a pretty good clip, so this is not the best angle, but not bad for being shot out my window.
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Finally we are seeing something other than totally blue sky. Some local switching at Martinez
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Back out to Franklin Canyon, an eastbound Z train heading for tunnel #3
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I had some interesting company in the canyon, the AV-8's namesake, a harrier hawk was out hunting. Too bad I had my 70-200 on the camera for the trains. Usually it's just red-tails out here.
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Lastly for this posting, a westbound UP intermodal along the bay at Hercules
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Fitting for the last pic, bringing up the rear...:cool:
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JSJD

New Member
How do you get to that road in franklin canyon? Have you gone searching for the missing "comet/ufo" up there in the canyon? Its funny but living here in the bay area for my whole life, I forget sometimes the natural beauty that the bay area has. Your pictures remind me of that beauty, from a cloudy sky, to the golden rolling hills, to the contrast of water and land to the natural inhabitants that also call the bay area home. Thank you. Hope to see you out there soon.
 

Itsed65

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How do you get to that road in franklin canyon? Have you gone searching for the missing "comet/ufo" up there in the canyon? Its funny but living here in the bay area for my whole life, I forget sometimes the natural beauty that the bay area has. Your pictures remind me of that beauty, from a cloudy sky, to the golden rolling hills, to the contrast of water and land to the natural inhabitants that also call the bay area home. Thank you. Hope to see you out there soon.
Yes it's amazing how much nature we still have with 7 million people living here! Christie Road is just after the Franklin Canyon golf course on eastbound hwy 4. If you are heading west you have to exit at Franklin Canyon, cross under the freeway and drive back toward it. Blink and you miss it!

I caught an eastbound (southbound? I don't know how the railroad classifies it)vehicle train this past Sunday with 8 units at the lead. It was pretty impressive. I'm guessing they were deadheading some power back toward Stockton? Anyoo, I will get those shots up the next time I post.

Thanks for looking and glad you enjoy the pics!
 

JSJD

New Member
Great thank you. Yeah anything heading towards tunnel 3 right there is eastbound. Tunnel 4 used to be just west of the kinder's bbq there in Pinole around the bend along the road there. Tunnel 5 is in Point Richmond and tunnels 2 and 1 are right before our bridge over Martinez at Alhambra Ave. I bet that would make a great shot, to have a train going over it.
 

Itsed65

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The shadows are now creeping across the tracks before I can even get there in the afternoon. Pretty soon I will have to wait for rainy weather to get decent shots in the canyon. Afternoon Z train heading toward San Pablo. (I'm still working on the shots I promised from the eastbound vehicle train. Memory card problems :mad:)
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Some local short line action on the Richmond Pacific
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Finally this week, a couple of six axles, running light through Richmond CA. The background is Mt. Tamalpais in one, the Chevron Refinery that recently blew up in the other.

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More to come as always! :cool:
 

jkinzel

Member
A great set of photos as always. Thanks

I believe next Sunday, 11/4, we go back to Pacific Standard Time, so you will get a one hour increase in shadows over night. Yippee, that means it will be dark by 1700 up here. :(
 




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