Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2013

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Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Thanks guys! Wow, coming up on 75,000 views. Nice.

A few more from Hercules

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20130902-AQ4E8853 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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UP 7979 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

This was with the Canon L glass 16-35 2.8 on my 5DII
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UP along the water by lennycarl08, on Flickr

My last trip over to the central valley was a bit of a bust. They were doing track maintenance at Escalon, but I did head over to French Camp and catch a bit of UP switching action.
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UP 1488 (GP40M-2) working French Camp by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I am a sucker for grain elevators
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Switching boxes at French Camp California by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Summer day in French Camp California by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Back to my territory, it's getting more fall like, but still light enough to get out to Christie in Franklin Canyon.
Lots and lots of power on this one.
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BNSF 7061 at Christie by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Seven pulling through the canyon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Whole Lotta Horsepower by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Rumble by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I think this guy was miffed at all the noise
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Red Tail over Franklin Canyon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Back to our usual cloudless sky and 78 degrees…sigh.
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20130915-IMG_9588 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Lastly, I think 2013 could use a new paint job
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Amtrak tired 2013 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Amtrak 66 is still working the corridor trains, I was finally able to get it pulling instead of pushing
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Amtrak 66 at Eckley by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Amtrak 66 leaving Hercules by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Amtrak 66 at Pinole California by lennycarl08, on Flickr

This guy came out along with me after the rain to go hunting. Me for trains, him for tasty rodents.
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The rain stopped, now it's time to eat! by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Ethanol train heading east with UP 6680(AC44CW) at the lead.
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20130921-_MG_9545 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Tanks rolling through Pinole by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Shot right into the sun
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Union Pacific heading east through Pinole by lennycarl08, on Flickr


Short westbound vehicle train with an SD70 pulling
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Late afternoon vehicle train by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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UP 4490 (SD70M) at the lead of west bound auto train by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Speaking of SD70's, here one of the AC variety is giving a hand to the California Zephyr. Kind of embarrassing, I was in the bathroom when I heard this one coming and couldn't make it back across the tracks in enough time to get on the right side for the sun. Ah well…
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UP 8367 leading California Zephyr at Eckley California by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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UP helping the Zephyr by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Fall is here, but this is pretty much fall colors in the bay area...
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Z train coming through by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Fall colors, East Bay style by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Late Summer UPS train in Franklin Canyon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Well I may be getting furloughed this week, so on the bright side, I might be able to get out and chase trains a lot more! :rolleyes:
 

jkinzel

Member
Your hanging with a rough crowd, the talons on your friend in picture 4 look lethal. :eek: As always a spectacular set of photos. Thank you.
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Your hanging with a rough crowd, the talons on your friend in picture 4 look lethal. :eek: As always a spectacular set of photos. Thank you.

Thanks! Glad you enjoy the pics. And you aint kidding about being lethal, as this mouse found out the hard way!
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Success by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Run up to Truckee and check out the fall colors on Donner Pass.

Bill I am going to Reno next week, and plan to head down the eastern sierras on the way home weather permitting. Hope to get some good stuff.

For now I will be content with the pumpkins in the canyon :p
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Swoosh by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
I was out raptor hunting but came away with an SD70 instead.

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20130926-AQ4E9347 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Union Pacific 4432 on an autumn afternoon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Another case of guest help on Amtrak
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UP SD70 Leading the Zephyr through Pinole California by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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EMD at the front of the California Zephyr by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Zephyr crossing Tennent Ave with UP at the lead by lennycarl08, on Flickr

5 GE's running light through the canyon
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5 Running light approaching tunnel 3 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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5 Light heading east by lennycarl08, on Flickr


The economy seems to be doing better as I see a lot more vehicle trains on both railroads lately
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BNSF 4652 east through Franklin Canyon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Pumpkins for October by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Auto rack train passing Christie siding by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Got a wave!
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4652 doing the wave by lennycarl08, on Flickr

A very bright GP60 idling at North Bay
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A really really orange GP60M by lennycarl08, on Flickr

The Zephyr under its own power
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Amtrak 147 leading the Zephyr by lennycarl08, on Flickr

And finally, a race between a tanker and the Capital Corridor! Ok, they were going in opposite directions, but I still like the composition of this one.
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Amtrak and Tanker at Carquinez Straight by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Sunday morning at Point Pinole I saw caught an eastbound train of empties. That large hill in the background is Angel Island in the bay. If you look carefully you can see a tower of the GG bridge in these shots.
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East bound on a hazy morning by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Different camera:
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UP train of empty wells at Point Pinole by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Same spot a bit later the Sunday light power run came by, sporting mostly leased power this week:
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Lots of leased power running through Richmond California by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Ex NS Ex CR GP38-2 leading the light power run by lennycarl08, on Flickr

From the trail into the park:
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Afternoon commuter by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Sacramento Bound by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Out of the woods by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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UP Double Stack at Point Pinole by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Oakland bound by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Out in the canyon, I caught some guest help on an Oakland bound intermodal.

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Guest help in Franklin Canyon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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A Little CSX on the Stockton Sub by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Westbound out of the tunnel by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Guest help in Franklin Canyon 2 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Lastly this week, an eastbound vehicle train running along San Pablo Bay:
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UP 5608 at Pinole by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Autos going east by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Eastbound vehicle train at Hercules by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Passing train at Pinole Shores Regional Park by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Click on this one for the best effect. The train is just about a mile long:
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A mile long train along San Pablo Bay by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Thanks for looking! I just picked up a new 5D3, so I will be out trackside testing it out soon :cool:
 

Itsed65

Well-Known Member
Great shots Itsed65!!

Thank you as always!

I'm a bit behind in posting. Along with overtime at work, it is also the raptor migration season here in California, so I have been trying to get out and go birding every chance I get. That doesn’t' mean I haven't shot any trains, I just have a ton of files of all kinds piling up in Lightroom! This past weekend, I rented a 500mm f4 supertele from lensrentals.com. If you ever want to check out some spicy equipment that would normally be out of your price range, I highly recommend giving them a try. Very painless, and I had a lot of fun with a lens I could never afford to buy. Cheers!

On my way back from a wildlife reserve, I caught the California Northern at work in Williams California. They have switched most of their fleet (maybe all) to Gensets.
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CFNR Genset working near Williams CA by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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California Northern Genset by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Late afternoon work on the California Norhtern by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Back along Chrisite Road, the eastbound UPS trains seem to be leaving later in the day lately.
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UPS train heading toward tunnel 3 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Eastbound in Franklin Canyon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Here the Z train holds at the siding for an eastbound vehicle train. Looks like #3 could use some paint.
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Z Pano by lennycarl08, on Flickr

It didn't wait more than a few minutes in the siding…
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New Hondas heading to market by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Passing each other
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BNSF west passing east at Hercules by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Bill will like the numbers on this one, and a rare visit from the north at #3
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CP with the assist at Christie by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Late October afternoon in the canyon by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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BNSF 6661 at the Farm by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I was heading toward Martinez when I looked over and saw this eastbound intermodal running along the freeway (Highway 4).
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East at the carbon plant by lennycarl08, on Flickr

A little monochrome for fun
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November freight by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I got off just passed the golf course to get a few more shots
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BNSF 917 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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917 Up Close by lennycarl08, on Flickr

A location I don't usually use, I was heading out to the canyon when I saw this crossing the freeway bridge, so I pulled off and quickly went into a transit park and ride lot, and got this from its driveway, along Willow avenue in Hercules.
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Z train at Willow Avenue by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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BNSF along Willow Avenue, Hercules California by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Lastly for this week, Amtrak California (Caltrans really) has aqquired some new/old equipment for the San Joaquin corridor trains. They have some unpowered cab/baggage units - old F40PH's and some single level coaches they are now running on that train.
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Amtrak 2001 leading the new San Joaquin cars by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I will try to get some better pictures of the equipment soon.
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All Aboard by lennycarl08, on Flickr
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Someone here said that BNSF is leasing the CP units. I hope #8888 is in the bunch, as that would be the luckiest engine in the fleet.
 

NM_RailNut

Member
Repaint that cabbage and those Comet cars in Phase III Amtrak colors (and ditch the F59) and you'd have a scene from 1995.
 




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