Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2012

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Itsed65

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Yes, next week I pretty much have to stop taking pictures after work as it will be too dark for the next few months, even down here at the lower latitudes. I feel for you guys in the PNW, as I remember the winters there well. I did like the light in the summer though!

The upcoming bird migration is coming soon though, so my photographic pursuits will change slightly during the weekends for a while. I will still go to the tracks, just not as often while there are thousands of migrating birds to get frustrated trying to capture!

Alan, those storage tanks have been through many an earthquake. The hills are bedrock, it's the flat stuff around them I would worry more about. It used to be water! That being said, I used to live right by the BNSF yard in Point Richmond right where the Chevron refinery is, but have since moved up the road to Pinole. It will be a disaster no matter what, when the big one hits though, as San Pablo bay has all the refineries for entire Northern California region concentrated along the shore.

Just behind this train in Hercules is the Conoco Phillips refinery in Rodeo, another big one, and a big customer for the UP
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Bill Anderson

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The upcoming bird migration is coming soon though, so my photographic pursuits will change slightly during the weekends for a while. I will still go to the tracks, just not as often while there are thousands of migrating birds to get frustrated trying to capture!
The same thing is happening up here in the Puget Sound region. Fortunately, I can combine both my interests of train photos + bird photos. Maybe you can, too.
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Itsed65

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The same thing is happening up here in the Puget Sound region. Fortunately, I can combine both my interests of train photos + bird photos. Maybe you can, too.
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Oh trust me Bill, I always have my eyes open when I am track-side. I just also like going to some of the NWR's nearby during the migration. Luckily several of the places I go to watch trains have lots of bird watching opportunities, especially in Franklin Canyon. Even just yards from downtown Pinole (such as it is) though, I can get lucky.

Just last week when I was grabbing some magic hour shots of this eastbound train of empties....
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I turned around and caught my favorite raptor looking for its dinner. A white-tailed kite hovering over the field right behind me almost like he was posing! I had the 100-400L on my 1D4, and it worked out well.
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I watched him until it got too dark, but was very happy I chose to watch the UP that afternoon.

I also caught a west bound intermodal the same afternoon, so all in all, I had a great Saturday.
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Last one for a while where there will be good light. I got skunked today, the last day of daylight savings. :rolleyes:
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Although we are expected to get to 80 tomorrow here in the bay area, so I guess I shouldn't complain!
 

Itsed65

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Last weekend I had a fun day. I drove by the Richmond BNSF yard and saw a vehicle train lined up to depart eastward, so I thought, great, I will try out a new location for a picture. Well when I crested the hill in the little town of Hercules (that has been all over the national news for how not to run a city government), I saw a westbound train holding at the siding there. Cool I think, so I start snapping away, when I hear shouting. Turns out the conductor on the train is a forum member here, and familiar with my van! After being startled, I laughed and took a few more photos. It was an unusual Sunday morning in that I had to wait for two more westbound trains (3 total on a Sunday!) before my vehicle train even left the yard, rendering my original spot useless as the light have moved by that time.

The first train, holidng:
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Forum member JSJD waves as the train slowly pulls away
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The GE is fresh out of refurbish. Note the different numbers on the side. Still has that new car look!
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Next up was a train of empties
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Finally a container train rolled through
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Looks like #2 had some issues...and #3 is a UP unit
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So I went for some lunch, and with no other new ideas for a shot, took up my usual spot near tunnel 3 in Franklin Canyon, and finally the train I set out to shoot, showed up. Kind of anti climatic after the other three :rolleyes:
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Well I went to up north to shoot birds today, and have over 1000 files to go through, but I will try to get trackside during the week! Cheers!
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JSJD

New Member
Thank You

Mr. Anderson,

I can say that it wasn't a new car smell but rather like an old cherry car scent you hang on the rear view mirror. Lately the roundhouse personnel in Barstow have actually been taking the time to clean the locomotives as best as they have time for. It is a step in the right direction.

If anyone is interested, someone posted a youtube video of the 4803 passing through Kansas (I believe) on its way to be rebuilt. Just type in BNSF 4803 to Google and the video will pop up. Pause the video a few times to see the extent of the damage to the unit. There are also a few pictures of it in its various stages of rebuilding. It was involved in a train versus garbage truck accident up by Seattle I believe. The truck took out the 4803 and a couple of other units. The units ended up on their sides. The accident was just a few months ago.

Thank you for the photos and keep them up, my son loves the pictures!!

All the best to you guys and keep taking those pics!

I will try to put more photos up on my side, but there is a company rule of no electronic devices on while operating. Plus I don't have a camera, so it will be cell phone pics until I can get a camera.

To all of you who have served, Thank You.

John D.
 

Itsed65

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So here is a long look down the siding at North Bay, where a blue bonnet is doing some switching at the UPS facility.
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20121028-AQ4E3727 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I tried to get ahead of this set of light power, as it was very colorful, including a KCS unit at #2, but they were moving too fast. So I took what I could get! Coming...
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And going...
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Sunday light power move a couple of weeks ago...
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And Amtrak pushing away from me at Pinole. Short post this week, I have company for the Thanksgiving week. Happy Turkey Day to all!
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20121031-_MG_3398 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

JSJD

New Member
Great photos as usual. Hope all is well. I have been in the yard for a few weeks, but finally getting back on the road tomorrow afternoon. Happy Thanksgiving!!
 

Itsed65

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A small splash of fall color, about the best we get out this way in the land of evergreens. This is a westbound Z train approaching tunnel three from the Martinez side.
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20121031-AQ4E3906 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

It was a rainy Halloween here
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Same spot the next day
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I was able to catch up with the Halloween Z train in Pinole
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20121031-AQ4E3939 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Lastly, I just thought I would share a photo from the California Railway Museum. This was taken in the Sacramento SP shops. Notice, not a hard hat or pair of safety goggles to be seen. How times have changed! Hope everyone had a nice holiday.
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20121119-_MG_4115 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 




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