Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2012

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Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Thanks Trainfanne54 and Bill.

I don't go to that location in Pinole very often Bill because it is not, how would I say, in the best neighborhood. All shots are taken from in my car, parked at an overpass, as I wouldn't walk around that street with a big white lens hanging off my neck. :rolleyes: It also works best when there is some dramatic cloud background, so when I do go, it tends to be more in the winter time, like now!

This was last Feb
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20120210-_MG_5482Storm by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
The petroleum products are always on the move

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20121106-_MG_3454 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

These next two are what I call the perfect model railroad prototype if you want to justify short trains and cabooses!
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20121108-_MG_3473 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121108-_MG_3480 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

We have been getting some rain lately, which is good
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20121116-AQ4E5206 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121116-AQ4E5191 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

During Thanksgiving week, I took the out of town guests on a train ride up to Sacramento to the Railroad museum. They have completely re-done the old SP depot station area and also changed one of my favorite exhibits. The WP F unit is gone, replaced by this. This SW-1 was one of the first diesels owned by the WP.
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20121119-_MG_4125 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

There is a plan to make the old SP shops a working museum. I would like to believe it, but I am not holding my breath.
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20121119-_MG_4173 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Caught some nice light on this corridor train with two engines "elephant style"
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20121124-AQ4E5322 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Last for this week. I have to go to the FedEX store tonight and pick up my 5D2 and 100-400, which have been in the shop at Canon's repair center in Irvine. One week turnaround, so I am impressed. I can't wait to get my favorite train lens back in action!

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20121124-AQ4E5275 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

pilpro

New Member
Itsed-

Love the short RPRC move! Honestly your whole thread with all of it's incredible photography has inspired all of my current 1/87 modeling. Thanks!

Paul Z.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
How does the Richmond Pacific keep its loco and caboose so clean? Is there a giant drive-thru car wash on the premises? ;)
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Itsed-

Love the short RPRC move! Honestly your whole thread with all of it's incredible photography has inspired all of my current 1/87 modeling. Thanks!

Paul Z.
Thanks Paul, glad you like it. I enjoy the pursuit when I have the time. Someday I want my own HO empire, but I don't have the time or space at the moment (and the thought of what my two kitties would do to a layout is frightening!), but the RPRC would definitely be a fun subject to model.

Bill, I don't know how they keep their fleet looking so good. They park them all outside right next to a mountain of Ore that gets loaded onto the cargo ships at the port. They must have the time to hand wash them every now and then. They are also expanding with a small new yard in Richmond, so maybe more facilities are in the future. It will be interesting to see. I will see if I can get a picture of where they park them at night.
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Westbound intermodal heading into the setting sun
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20121124-AQ4E5350 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121124-AQ4E5409 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BNSF (coming off the UP line in Richmond), from the Port of Oakland, now heading through industrial Richmond.
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20121201-_MG_4270 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121201-_MG_4257 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121201-_MG_4264 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121201-_MG_4267 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I will end this week with two heading out of thick fog, running light through Richmond
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20121125-AQ4E5435 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Cheers everyone!
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Caught a very smokey California Zephyr on its way out of Martinez toward Emeryville

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20121104-AQ4E4159 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Good view of the engineer on this Capital Corridor heading through Pinole
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20121122-AQ4E5243 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

After dropping the Z train at North Bay, this set makes the short hop to the Richmond yard
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20121209-_MG_4315 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Capital Corridor heading toward Oakland on a clear and crisp Sunday morning along the bay
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20121209-AQ4E5692 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Haven't been out much lately, so short post this week. Happy Holidays everyone!

The end...
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20121124-_MG_4241 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

Cliffs

Fallbridge Sub MP 118.6
Real nice captures. Crisp, clear air makes a heck of a difference. The countryside is greening up nicely. Its looking like the promised land again.

Looks like AMTK will be forfeiting some of their Carbon Credits . . . .
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Real nice captures. Crisp, clear air makes a heck of a difference. The countryside is greening up nicely. Its looking like the promised land again.
Yes, winter is definitely here. Besides the nice cool crisp air, we have had mostly rain for the last few weeks, which is good, because we need it, but it does pose some challenges for photography. :rolleyes:

Today, on Christmas eve, eve, I finally got all my shopping done and headed to the tracks just down at the end of the road here in my little town of Pinole. It has been pouring hard since last night, but I still had hopes of getting something. No freight to be seen, but Amtrak provided a couple of shots. So here is my last post of the year, and I wish everyone a happy holiday, whichever one you celebrate, and hope to a good new year of exciting rail-fanning! :D

Slightly surprising to see an Amtrak B32-8 running the Capital Corridor this afternoon
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20121223-_MG_5035 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121223-_MG_5040 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

No snow in the bay area, but we are having a gray Christmas! The red and green signals add somewhat to a holiday theme.
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20121223-_MG_5047 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

You can't see it in this picture, but Pinole creek is running just about a foot under the bridge, where it is usually about 6 feet lower.
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20121223-_MG_5055 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Another unusual sight was this F59 running light at speed toward Oakland. It must have gotten orphaned somewhere along the line recently.
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20121223-_MG_5056 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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20121223-_MG_5067 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Last one, from a few days ago on a much clearer day, the Capital Corridor heads into the final bits of daylight only a few days before the official start of winter.
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20121219-AQ4E6856 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

See you all Next Year!
 

SP&SFan

MP 72 - BNSF Spokane Sub.
Happy Holidays.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all of your great photos. :D:D


SP&SFan
 




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