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Thanks Bill. It was fun racing ahead of 70MPH freights in the desert, but yeah, I wouldn't take it anywhere near the snow. Big power, wide tires and rear wheel drive make for too much drama for me these days :cool:
American Muscle by itsed65, on Flickr


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FYI, major work window coming up for us here in the FRC starting over the next two weeks or so and supposedly lasting a month. BNSF trains will be rerouted over the Valley sub due to the work and everything. Just a heads up so you don't waste too much time/gas coming all the way up here.


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Looked like the old days in Franklin Canyon, with two old Santa Fe Geeps leading a local back to Richmond yard.
Sante Fe Lives! by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Sante Fe Remembered by lennycarl08, on Flickr

The net says they are GP39-2s
EMD Classic by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Sunday UPS
Sunday UPS by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Shorty by lennycarl08, on Flickr

The Sunday UPS train is always tiny, like six cars or so, and here it proceeds slowly by the carbon plant local as it allows an eastbound vehicle train to take the siding at Collier…
Proceed Slowly West by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Which was crawling eastward with some UP help in the middle of the consist
Proceed Slowly East by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I got ahead of the vehicle train out at Bay Point, where it will start its trip across the delta on the way to Stockton and the central valley
Approaching Pittsburgh (California) by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Turning the Corner by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BNSF 4332 East by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I took another trip to Reno and had some pretty good luck chasing train into the desert. I will post those soon.

Bill Anderson

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Due to the extreme drought in California, many reservoir levels are way down. Have you tried photographing old road beds exposed by the low water levels? The old SP line along the Sacramento River behind Shasta Dam and the old WP line along the Feather River behind the Oroville Dam come to mind.


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Due to the extreme drought in California, many reservoir levels are way down. Have you tried photographing old road beds exposed by the low water levels? The old SP line along the Sacramento River behind Shasta Dam and the old WP line along the Feather River behind the Oroville Dam come to mind.

I haven't Bill, but that's an interesting idea. I don't get that far north very often, but if I do, I will definitely keep that in mind.


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The Hemi is also very effective at running up and down Hwy 70 in the Feather River Canyon!

Thanks to another forum member, I got word that an Amtrak special would be making the run a few weeks ago. Like all Amtrak, it was a few hours late, but that actually worked in my favor

P42s on the Power by lennycarl08, on Flickr

But not in the westbound BNSF crews' that had to wait forever for it
Close to the Edge by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Holding in FRC by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Canyon Convergence by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Waiting by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Climbing the Canyon Wall by lennycarl08, on Flickr

AMTK 132 at Rock Creek by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Running the FRC by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Train Ride Along the River by lennycarl08, on Flickr

After Rock Creek damn, it was a race to the serpentines
AMTK 132 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

AMTK 132 Near 12 Mile Bar by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Zephyr Cars Back Home by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Amtrak Special in FRC by lennycarl08, on Flickr

And finally at Twain. Others chased it to Keddie, but I can't hop the fence and scramble up the hill to shoot the trestle, so I leave that to others
Amtrak at Twain by lennycarl08, on Flickr

On the way back down the canyon, I spotted an eastbound BNSF freight, so another chase was on!
7185 East at Rock Creek by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Motive Power along the River by lennycarl08, on Flickr

The Other Pass by lennycarl08, on Flickr

My "Model Railroader" cover shot!
Above Mill Creek by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BNSF 7185 East Climbing by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BNSF 7185 Entering Tunnel by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Round the Bend and On the Throttle by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Mountain Railroading by lennycarl08, on Flickr

And that was it. Time to roll up the windows, turn on the AC and ventilated seats, turn up the stereo and blast back down the canyon and toward home.


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It's been a while, but its been a busy summer for me.

Rolling by the fishing pier on the Carquinez strait

Westbound at Eckley Pier by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Freight along the Bay by lennycarl08, on Flickr

And right after I snapped this train, this flew overhead. A bigger bird that I am used to shooting
Fortress 2 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Some work at the North Bay yard, which is the UPS facility
Dropping Off by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Back'er In by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Two of a kind, but still different
Waiting... by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Back in Franklin Canyon

Sunday Z Train by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BNSF 7659 West by lennycarl08, on Flickr

19003386485_20f886b321_b.jpgPowering Through Chrisite by lennycarl08, on Flickr

5130 Makes Itself Heard by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Making an Appearance by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Auto Rack East by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Along Christie Road by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Way up high
19006427701_ea3e9725a5_b.jpgHigh Above by lennycarl08, on Flickr

High Above Martinez by lennycarl08, on F

Bill Anderson

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Great shot of the old bomber. A buddy of mine is into aviation photography, especially old planes. He says the goal is to shoot at slow enough speed to blur the propeller spin while keeping the plane in focus. You did an excellent job at that.

Love the back to back Warbonnet GP 60's. I remember seeing them leading freights into Chicago when they were brand new back in the late 80's or early 90's.


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A large rumble is heard…
BNSF 975 East by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Six GE's roll into sight
Six Pack by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BNSF 975 East Monochorme by lennycarl08, on Flickr

A few days later in the same spot a short outbound UPS train rolled by. Picture looks a bit distorted due to the distance and heat of the day.
UPS heading East by lennycarl08, on Flickr

UPS Train in Black and White by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Outbound by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Working the Richmond yard
The End of the Line. by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Running light to grab a train (notice the FRED on the front coupler)
Running Light through Bay Point by lennycarl08, on Flickr

7088 East by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Delta Cruise by lennycarl08, on Flickr

This is not a mistake from the paintshop. Apparantly they have to wait to retire or renumber a different unit to call it "BNSF" 200, so for now, the BN lives!
"BN" 200 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

BN Rides Again by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Trespasser on the UP
Hmmm by lennycarl08, on Flickr

An Amtrak local dragging some new Siemens ASC-64s from the Sacramento factory to the Oakland yard, where they will hitch a ride eastward on the Zephyr.
Siemens ACS-64 Delivery by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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