Your all too brief green season should not be far away.
It is indeed Bill, now I just need some light after work to get out in the canyon.
I caught this extra Z train while birding in Hercules. It was a short affair about an hour after the main train. I'm guessing extra holiday traffic.
20121220-_MG_4532 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
20121220-_MG_4541 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
I also got lucky with the birds, and got this northern harrier skimming the ground right by the tracks.
20121220-AQ4E6940 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
A few days before, I caught the Z train at its arrival at North Bay, and watched it tie up traffic for almost an hour while it backed in and out while they unloaded.
20121214-_MG_4389 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
20121214-_MG_4378 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
I tried to the the RPRC while it was pushing a string of tanks but I was too late and got there after they parked it for the shift.
20121214-_MG_4408 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
20121214-_MG_4401 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
Lastly, thanks to a tip from a photography forum member, I learned that they have kicked all railroad equipment off of Mare Island, and that an old Baldwin was parked on the causeway. Until recently, this unit (re engined with an EMD unit) was yellow, but there are no markings on it regarding ownership.
20121230-IMG_4275 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
20121230-IMG_4284 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
20121230-IMG_4288 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
HAPPY NEW YEAR!