PROTOTYPE Weekend PROTO FUN! 01/01/2021

YoHo Jan 2, 2021

  1. YoHo

    YoHo TrainBoard Supporter

    Happy New YEAR!

    On this first day of a brand new year, I have a story...A story of frustration perfect for the last few days of 2020.

    So, I had 2 weeks off over Christmas. And I managed to figure out a day to go out and do some railfanning up in the Feather River. Specifically I wanted to sit my but at Keddie with a book and catch a train across the wye.

    I thought Monday the 28th would work out. But I waffled, wasn't sure if I wanted to use up the gas for the trip. (My son and wife are January Birthdays, so I'm always counting Pennies this time of year.)

    But Late Sunday I commited...but I needed to get gas and I needed to charge the camera battery. Neither of which happened till Monday. I FINALLY left the house at around 10:30am. It was gray and cold, but promised to be fun. I figured I'd catch something somewhere.
    Driving up CA 65, I caught a southbound train between Wheatland and Lincoln, but I refused to turn around and chase. My goal was to see something in the canyon....Passed Marysville. Always good for train counts with the West Valley and Canyon route crossing. But no, I wanted the Canyon.
    I get to Oroville, I need to take a bio break and restock coffee. So I drive around to find a Starbucks that has their bathroom open. The one I find is within spitting distance of the yard in Oroville, so I drive around to take a look. Not much going on. Turn around and head back towards 70. Cross the tracks near the Fish hatchery. It's a really nice area so I stop to take some pictures and look around.

    Back in the car, I decide that I might as well go up and see the dam. I hadn't been to oroville since before the Dam spillway failure a few years ago. So I drove up to the top of the dam to look around and see the new overflow.


    Now this is fine. It's around 12:45, I have plenty of time...until I park at the edge of the earth fill and walk all the way out to the spillway. That walk was at least a mile round trip. It was great, saw a bald eagle even, but by the time I get back to my car it's after 2pm. Pull up google maps and Kiddie is an hour and 45 a way. I'd basically get at best 45 minutes till sunset and of course it will be dark well before that.

    So, I hem and haw. The Pulgas bridges are only about 20 minutes away according to google. Done. I'll go shoot the bridges. If I see a train I see one. It's all good.

    So, I get back on 70 and head up the canyon. There's a point just out of town where the railroad is up above the highway following along. Then the highway turns to the canyon and goes over the railroad. The railroad does a horseshoe around a hill and ducks back under the highway. I see nothing.
    Finally I'm in the canyon. No sign of any train. I stop about 6 miles short of pulgas and shoot some scenes of the river and tracks and scars from the fires.

    Focus was a bit off on this one, but that's a burned trunk of a pine of some type in this shot


    No trains.

    Finally I get to the bridges. I spend about a half hour driving back and forth shooting them from various angles. No sign of any rail activity.
    Losing my light, I give up and turn back for home. I had a good day anyway. Lots of fun. No regrets.

    So, I'm driving back. drive over the railroad as it loops around the hill, no trains.
    Get on to the freeway part of 70. I glance up at the tracks and $%#$% there's PSR nightmare with doublestacks and mixed merchandise coming down the hill heading into Oroville. #$%#$ How did I manage to miss this thing? it's tail must have literally been leaving just as I got to the bridges and I just missed it.

    Thinking quick I consider, I'll bolt in and set up at the Fish hatchery, that will be cool, but alas, the lights were against me. just as I round the corner I see the train shoot past the hatchery. Fine I'll chase it through town. But it's at track speed with a grade separation and I have to deal with traffic lights through the center of town. (which is nice with some nice restaurants, but....)
    So I gave up. I'll get back on 70, chase it down and catch it going through the valley...except that it's nearly impossible to get back close to the tracks. There's a good bit of farms and half paved roads between 70 and the railroad south of Oroville.

    fine, fine, I'll bolt back to Marysville. Climb up to the crossings at Binny and get a shot of it there.
    So I drive just a little above legal limit. cursing every driver who slows me down. It's not a complete freeway so I hit the occasion light.
    I make it in to Marysville. I get to Binny Junction. I pull into the neighborhood to find my favorite access spot wondering if the recent rain will make accessibility an issue. And that #$@# train is there, moving over to the west valley line to head to Roseville. @#$#@$ #$@# @#$@#.

    Fine, I give up, you win. I'll head home, maybe I can catch it in Wheatland or Lincoln at least.

    So I start to get into the traffic pattern going through Marysville. When low and behold the train starts to crawl. It is now at grade and has to cross a series of streets. And I'm finally getting ahead of it.

    So in a last desperate attempt, I bolt a few blocks down, turn to the tracks, pull to a stop and get my phone (not camera) up just in time to snap this:

    The Majesty of the Northern Sierras this ain't. But I got a picture of a train on my railfanning trip. So as Ice Cube would say. It was a good day.

    (All those ASCII characters also represent words Icecube would say, but I digress)
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  2. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

    Pulled out another one from my 2019 visit to Exporail.

    If you've ever wondered what makes a doodlebug doodle, here's your answer:

    Right next to the engineer... :confused:

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    Columbus Ohio - 2009

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  4. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

    Here is one that goes way back. I was using some crappy print film in a cheap camera at the time. Alvin, Texas on the Galveston Sub of the Santa Fe. The merger had already taken place but not much was repainted yet.
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  5. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Wow, those bridges are SO cool. (y) I hope you can return there someday and post some more shots.
  6. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    From 10/19/1996, BN SD-70MACs at Larkspur, CO, MP 695.

    1996-10-19 003 Larkspur CO - for upload.jpg
  7. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

    Wow, beautiful shot @Hardcoaler !!(y)

    Sure miss seeing those Executives!
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  8. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

    Love the dusty, faded out appearance of the lead unit. Not really extreme, but It absolutely says "Southwestern Railroading"i
  9. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Last shots of 2020...

    New Years Eve sunrise over Gavin Yard and the old hump yard tower:


    And some odd WAMX power tucked into a westbound sitting at the old yard east of downtown Minot.

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  10. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

    Sorry for the poor focus, but this one was a surprise at Emmett back in the 90s. It required a totally unplanned shot through the truck windshield that didn't even let me crop out the mirror, but it was too good to throw away. Amtrak trains at that time were jointly operated Chicago to Toronto run throughs. They usually drew VIA power. Today, Amtrak trains terminate at Port Huron, so the VIA engines are no longer seen here. In fact, come to think of it, the shed in the background is even gone now.

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  11. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

    One of my favorite photos taken here in my home state. I know this spot well. 110186BA.jpg Deep River Connecticut
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  12. gene_s

    gene_s TrainBoard Member

    Very nice scene. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

    1) That scene is just asking to be modeled.:cool:

    2) I want that house overlooking the tracks!:)
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  14. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Candy, is that the Essex?
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  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I wonder where those WAMX units were bound?
  16. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Ten years or so back, a pair of sequentially numbered (6818, 6819) BNSF units, in old and newer paint schemes. Departing Whitefish, Montana, they have a work train in tow and are heading up to Marias Pass on a smoky forest fire morning:

  17. Candy_Streeter

    Candy_Streeter TrainBoard Member

    Me at Deep River 2004-10-31 14.40.32.jpg
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  18. RailMix

    RailMix TrainBoard Member

    That shot is so perfect it's almost overload. The old pickup truck is the perfect final touch.(y)(y)(y)
  19. Sepp K

    Sepp K TrainBoard Member

  20. PGE-N°2

    PGE-N°2 TrainBoard Member

    1309 moved by herself on new years day

    Apparently it was streamed live

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