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Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: May 14th, 2005, 3:34pm
Post your UP pictures here! Mods, could you sticky this thread?
 
I'll lead off with a shot of a UP coal train at New Cambria, KS.
Posted by: Two23 Posted on: May 15th, 2005, 12:31am
I shot a pile of photos last Friday between Blair and Fremont, Nebraska.  Trains had been bottled up for hours and I was there when they pulled the plug.  I should get them back Monday.
 
 
Kent in SD
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: May 15th, 2005, 10:43am
Seems more like a winter day than the first days of spring in Southern Idaho in April 2005 as U.P. 4193 is on the point in single track territory, West of Bancroft, ID.  This spot is just a few miles from Lava Hot Springs, ID where the wife and I like to go at least one weekend each month.  She soaks in the sun while I head out and shoot trains!  Works out wonderful for both of us.
 
It is a real toss up some times... but I still like shooting with my 35mm over my digital camera.  True, digital is easier, but there is something about chrome that has more warmth and I feel more in control of my shot.
 
Let me ask any one who views this pic.  Can you tell if this is a digital or 35mm shot?
 
THXS!
 
Dave
Posted by: BNSF_railfan. Posted on: May 17th, 2005, 10:38am
on May 15th, 2005, 12:31am, Two23 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I shot a pile of photos last Friday between Blair and Fremont, Nebraska.  Trains had been bottled up for hours and I was there when they pulled the plug.  I should get them back Monday.
 
 
Kent in SD
Oh that's just Great! Where all in trouble now .
BNSFrailfan.
Posted by: BNSF_railfan. Posted on: May 17th, 2005, 10:41am
on May 15th, 2005, 10:43am, dvchevalier wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Seems more like a winter day than the first days of spring in Southern Idaho in April 2005 as U.P. 4193 is on the point in single track territory, West of Bancroft, ID.  This spot is just a few miles from Lava Hot Springs, ID where the wife and I like to go at least one weekend each month.  She soaks in the sun while I head out and shoot trains!  Works out wonderful for both of us.
 
It is a real toss up some times... but I still like shooting with my 35mm over my digital camera.  True, digital is easier, but there is something about chrome that has more warmth and I feel more in control of my shot.
 
Let me ask any one who views this pic.  Can you tell if this is a digital or 35mm shot?
 
THXS!
 
Dave
I would rather still shoot 35mm because I like to get back Photo Prints!
BNSFrailfan.
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: May 22nd, 2005, 11:57pm
I was out chasing trains with my youngest daugther today.  Daddy's nine year old is taking after her father with an interest (obsession?) with the fun of the chase and capturing moments on film... or digital chips.
 
Here is some of today's action.  Here is U.P. 5220 headed eastbound West of Echo, UT.  The Union Pacific is undertaking a change over of the older signal towers and bridges to newer versions that look a lot whimpier.  Here you can see the old setting next to the new, with the newer one turned away from the track until it's ready to work.  Don't know how much longer they'll be around... but I will try to get out and photo more of them while they still exist.
 
Happy hunting, my fellow chasers!
 
Dave
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: May 30th, 2005, 11:08am
Friday, May 27th, U.P. 9718 with CSX trailing unit heading Westbound and downhill through Weber Canyon.  The gravel road is actually the old highway through the canyon that was laid atop the even older wagon trail under it.  Today, Interstate 80 parellels the U.P. railroad from Ogden all the way through to Evanston, Wyoming.
 
We have had an extremely wet year here in Northern Utah with more flowers and hearty green plants abounding than most old timers can remember.  Makes for great landscapes when capturing our favorite subjects!
 
Enjoy....
 
Dave Chevalier
Ogden, UT
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 8th, 2005, 7:08pm
UP 3895, EB just north of Hanover, Kansas on the Marysville sub. It would take 10 more hours for this train to travel the final 200 miles to Kansas City.
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: Jun 8th, 2005, 10:20pm
My calendar shot... U.P. 5229 is Eastbound in the Wasatch Range of Northern Utah on June 5, 2005.
 
We are having an exceptionally wet year here, so we're as green as Ireland or Scotland, and the snow up there at altitude just refuses to go away.  Makes it great for those of us who love to shot trains and preserve their beauty for another day, another year, another time....
 
Dave Chevalier
Ogden, UT
Posted by: SSW9389 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2005, 10:38pm
Gravity Yard Hump engines in Pine Bluff, AR 11 AM 6-7-2005
Posted by: SSW9389 Posted on: Jun 8th, 2005, 10:45pm
Gravity Yard 6-7-2005. Mainline is to the right of the hump power. The switch to the right goes to the Port of Pine Bluff. Thanks to Bill McCaskill for the Gravity tour. If you ever get to Pine Bluff look for Bill at the Arkansas Railroad Museum.
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: Jun 11th, 2005, 8:35pm
Caught at Evanston, WY on my weekend run today.  Took my 10 year old daughter along and we had a grand ol' time chasing down trains from Ogden, UT to Evanston, WY.  She's even beginning to know and see the differences between a GE and EMD!  LOL!
 
Here's a photo I captured today at just the moment when the westbound coming through town passed in front of the Evanston Depot, where one of the U.P.'s former caboose is on display.  Still nice to see a locomotive with a caboose every once in a while.
 
Dave Chevaliér
Ogden, UT
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: Jun 15th, 2005, 9:29pm
Since I live on the U.P. mainline, and I am the son and grandson of U.P. railroaders, I will do my best to keep this thread going with my contributions.  Of course, I would like to see more action from around the country... but in the mean time, I'll keep all of you in the scene with action here in Northern Utah.
 
Here is the Northeast mouth to Echo Canyon with eastbound U.P. 5425 on the point.  Storms had rolled into Northern Utah on Saturday, June 11, 2005 when this scene was captured.  The train was headed for Wyoming and it was clear behind me.  Clouds were really picturesque, the grasses are so green from all of our heavy Spring rains, and the old maintenance of way road has been abandoned for an improved one on the south side of these tracks.  The wood bridge is actually an old U.P. flatcar with the stenciling still quite clear "Road of the Streamliners."  Last stenciling date on the flat that I could see was 9-67.  (I snapped pics of the bridge from the side if any one is interested in seeing detail shots.)
 
I can't help but wish I could have been in this canyon... any where within site and sound when the turbines were running at speed up and down the route.  I remember them well from the shops in Council Bluffs when my Dad was working on them, but I was only 10 at the time... and they seemed like fire breathing dragons at that age!  lol....
 
Enjoy!
 
Dave Chevalier
Ogden, UT
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jul 12th, 2005, 4:36pm
Here's a shot just east of Salina of the end of an EB coal train and a WB about ready to head off.
Posted by: HOJct Posted on: Aug 10th, 2005, 9:59pm
Lots of UP power in Upstate NY including these units on the move at Horseheads, NY on NS Southern Tier,  August 10th 2005
Posted by: HOJct Posted on: Aug 10th, 2005, 10:05pm
at Buffalo Frontier Yard - Aug 5th 2005
Posted by: bully4tr Posted on: Aug 31st, 2005, 2:32pm
Here is a pic I painted.
Geoff
 
on May 14th, 2005, 3:34pm, zwsplac wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Post your UP pictures here! Mods, could you sticky this thread?
 
I'll lead off with a shot of a UP coal train at New Cambria, KS.

Posted by: bully4tr Posted on: Aug 31st, 2005, 3:02pm
Here's another one.
Geoff
 
on Aug 31st, 2005, 2:32pm, bully4tr wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is a pic I painted.
Geoff
 

Posted by: hummel1237 Posted on: Aug 31st, 2005, 4:03pm
Love UP power! Here's #4406 in Portland PA...
 
Jim...  
Posted by: bully4tr Posted on: Sep 8th, 2005, 8:44pm
on Aug 31st, 2005, 3:02pm, bully4tr wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's another one.
Geoff
 

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Posted by: bully4tr Posted on: Sep 8th, 2005, 9:00pm
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Posted by: BNSFrailfan. Posted on: Sep 8th, 2005, 11:07pm
No topic.
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Sep 13th, 2005, 1:20pm
CSX coal train V877 arrived at Carneys Point, NJ, last weekend with CSX SD60 8749 leading, followed by UP SD9043AC 8138 and C44AC 6857.  
Power photographed Sunday morning at Deepwater, NJ; Sept 11, 2005
Posted by: towny72 Posted on: Sep 30th, 2005, 3:13pm
any word on when the CNW herritage loco might come out?
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: Oct 1st, 2005, 10:16am
on Sep 30th, 2005, 3:13pm, towny72 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
any word on when the CNW herritage loco might come out?

 
No word that I can discover over the net or via U.P. employee friends.  As a former CNW employee, I'll be interested to see one, if they paint one.
 
Thought I would pass along this web address for those who haven't seen what it is your talking about:
 
http://www.wsorrailroad.com/paintshop/up1982_3a.html
 
Any one know where these locos are running around right now?  I'm locked and loaded with chrome in the Minolta if I spot them!
 
Dave
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Oct 1st, 2005, 11:34am
David, I noticed when they first came out, they headed for their home rails first. Whether they still are there, who knows! I haven't seen any photos of them for a while to be able to pin down where they're at. I'm hoping when the SP one comes out, they send it to California via the Golden State route so that I might have an outside shot at seeing it. Otherwise, I'm getting the feeling I may not ever seee these engines!
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Oct 1st, 2005, 11:41am
David, I just checked and got a couple within the week updates on the whereabouts of 1982 and 1983. 1982 appears to still be running between Texas and Chicago on the old MoPAC/CE&I, while 1983 was in Colton CA 4 days ago.  I'd imagine 1983 is still in CA, or running along the I-5 corridor.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Oct 11th, 2005, 11:50pm
Can't believe I forgot to post this one!  
 
UP 5689 at Midland, Kansas, just north of Lawrence.
Posted by: 765_fan Posted on: Oct 25th, 2005, 9:23pm
Here's 9770
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 8th, 2005, 1:49pm
Here's UP 4541 deep in enemy territory running a trackage rights train on the BNSF in Melvern KS.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 30th, 2005, 2:39pm
Later that day I saw the train in the previous post, I was in Topeka, hoping to find some GEVO's. I had to be patient, but they showed! Here's one coming off the Golden State Route and onto the Kansas sub.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 30th, 2005, 2:40pm
20 minutes later,  a train shows up and ANOTHER GEVO is leading! I was ecstatic.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Dec 21st, 2005, 4:46pm
While my main camera was in the shop, we got a bunch of snow here in Kansas, and I was chafing over not being able to get pictures of trains in the snow. Well, why not by another camera, and a digital at that? Here's my very first shot with it, and I must admit, that it's everything I hoped it would be. This is UP 6415 in my hometown of Manhattan, KS. These dash-9's are the last reminder of the road which was far and away my favorite in my younger years.
Posted by: icsd701000 Posted on: Jan 1st, 2006, 12:14am
Here is a pic From Sullivan Illinois Several years back.
Posted by: icsd701000 Posted on: Jan 1st, 2006, 12:17am
And one from Tolono,IL on the NS
Posted by: dvchevalier Posted on: Jan 14th, 2006, 11:12pm
Been absent a while from Railfan.net, but such is a part of my life as a Fire Information Officer in a time when the hurricanes and wildfires are taking so much time to handle.
 
Here is a shot I took last summer over in Evanston, WY during a crew change.  Brand, spanking new units, crisp, clean and sharp.  The depot is restored beautifully and the roundhouse and turntable are still undergoing a total renovation.  A living museum of U.P. railroad history.
 
Enjoy... and I hope to contribute more now than nature has calmed down for a while.
 
Dave
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jan 16th, 2006, 12:11am
Nice shot David, glad to know we'll be seeing more of you. Just a heads up, but there should be quite a few interesting UP locomotives going through your area over the next few hours to days. The WP heritage unit is headed west to Roseville Ca as I write, and the two Olympic Scheme engines are in Oregon, likely to be headed back east.
Posted by: Cal_CP5415_SK Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 12:12am
Union Pacific, In Canada on a coal train from the US
Posted by: Cal_CP5415_SK Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 12:14am
UP in the Middle of two CPR units
Posted by: Cal_CP5415_SK Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 12:22am
Another low low shot of the UP building Canada
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Feb 17th, 2006, 9:13am
I like this picture. UP is my favorite west coast railroad. I love the yellow paint. In this picture it says "WE CAN HANDLE IT"
Posted by: DannyR Posted on: May 20th, 2006, 10:40pm
Here is a GEVO I caught on a very wet day in Charlotte, NC last week.
 
A couple of questions here:
 
1) What is the classification of this locomotive? NS has ES40DCs and BNSF and CSX ES44DCs
 
2) Have been trying to find an updated UP roster that has these locomotives listed or at least projected.  
 
Any help is most appreciated.
 
Thanks,
 
DannyR
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: May 21st, 2006, 1:26am
on May 20th, 2006, 10:40pm, DannyR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here is a GEVO I caught on a very wet day in Charlotte, NC last week.
 
A couple of questions here:
 
1) What is the classification of this locomotive? NS has ES40DCs and BNSF and CSX ES44DCs
 
2) Have been trying to find an updated UP roster that has these locomotives listed or at least projected.  
 
Any help is most appreciated.
 
Thanks,
 
DannyR

 
They are ES44AC's. Not sure on the second. I'll have to look.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 29th, 2006, 1:08pm
Here's a few UP pictures I've taken. First a couple from my trip in early June to Nebraska.
 

 
UP 5407 at Sutherland, NE
 

 
A slightly out of focus shot of the North Platte Yard taken at 430 AM
 

 
Your typical UP coal train rolling through your typical Nebraska town
 
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2006, 3:41pm
OK, I know these are the worst vantage point of a UP freight. But it's all I have
 
These pictures were shot from the 109th floor of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, NV on August 8th
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2006, 3:44pm
A UP frieght waits at Las Vegas
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2006, 3:47pm
The frieght leaves Vegas
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 13th, 2006, 3:52pm
Last shot, as the train continues through Las Vegas
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Sep 28th, 2006, 2:25am
Doing my part to keep this thread active, how about some Heritage Unit Pics?
 

 

 
And a couple other somewhat recent shots. How about UP 5965 in Gibbon NE last June?
 

 
And the same engine a month later at Aikins, the most scenic spot in Kansas.
 
Posted by: Elmo Posted on: Nov 8th, 2006, 7:29pm
ex UP now OP heads freight through Monroe NC in the morning of oct 28 2006
Posted by: Elmo Posted on: Nov 8th, 2006, 7:31pm
and it is real no photo tricks
 
elmo
Posted by: pm1225arizonafan Posted on: Nov 12th, 2006, 11:31pm
new to board, attempted to submit pic, but file is too large, tried to resize, and puter sent resize to adobe photo shop, could not figure out how to get resize back to my pic doc file in order to upload......help please
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Nov 13th, 2006, 1:15am
Hi All,
 
Diesels, diesels, diesels everywhere, and not a steamer in sight. Have to correct that. Enjoy
 
UP # 844 at your disposal.
Posted by: pm1225arizonafan Posted on: Nov 18th, 2006, 10:22pm
West of Maricopa, AZ 11/11/06 on the Sunset Route, eastbound with full load of intermodal containers struggles up slight grade with SD70M 4649, C44-9w 9828 (ex-C&NW) and GATX lease unit, sunset route is busy and getting buisier every day
Posted by: Two23 Posted on: Nov 20th, 2006, 12:25am
Running gear, UP 844.  Often, you don't have to see the whole thing to know what it is you are looking at.
 
 
Kent in SD
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2007, 5:32pm
Has it been so long since this thread was updated? How about a couple of pictures I took this month along the Golden State Route.
 

 
This intermodal train has just crested the tough Alta Vista Hill and faces a yellow signal at the advance signal for the end of double track. He will meet two trains.
 

 
A fast autorack train races through McFarland KS. Once upon a time, the Rock Island's High Line diverged from the Golden State Route here, and headed northwest to Belleville KS, where it joined the line to Colorado. This field was filled with a small yard, small roundhouse, a coaling tower, and a wye track. Today, all that's left is this milepost.
 

 
Just west of McFarland is another Rock Island artifact. Look closely at the bridge and you can still make out "Rock Island Lines".
Posted by: kd6nig Posted on: Apr 21st, 2007, 6:19pm
Feather River Canyon, Rodgers Flat Siding
(Train is headed down the canyon, this is about 1/2 mile South of Rodgers Flat, the PG&E DeSabla Hydro Headquarters)  (My Dad works for PG&E)
April 1, 2007 about 5pm.
Posted by: kd6nig Posted on: Apr 21st, 2007, 6:26pm
Feather River Canyon, Rodgers Flat Siding
(Train is headed down the canyon, this is about 1/2 mile South of Rodgers Flat, the PG&E DeSabla Hydro Headquarters)  (My Dad works for PG&E)
April 1, 2007 about 5pm.  (Same as above, wider angle)
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 15th, 2007, 3:18pm
An interesting picture and a nice bit of irony!
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 21st, 2007, 1:43pm
As promised, here are a couple photos from the area surrounding Las Vegas, where I now live.
 

 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2007, 6:11pm
zwsplac  
 Ken
Both of the UP diesel shots are great.   The 4702 is one of the last new SD70M's before the Tier I radiators were installed on the units.   I think 4710 and up had the new flaired radiator.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 25th, 2007, 7:09pm

Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jun 25th, 2007, 8:54pm
Hi All,
 
Can't have UP engines without this one. Enjoy # 4014 Big Boy
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 26th, 2007, 2:30pm
That's a nice looking engine Pennsy. I've always admired the styling of UP's later model steam locomotives.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jun 26th, 2007, 6:21pm
Hi,
 
 Big Boy # 4014 is preserved, as you see her on display, in the Pomona Fairgrounds, the Fairplex, in Pomona, California. According to the Historical Society people that operate the museum, it is the best preserved Big Boy in the world. It has been esthetically restored, and although she will never run again, she is in the best position of all those preserved to be restored to operating condition.
Posted by: Hawko Posted on: Jun 27th, 2007, 10:28am
June 20, 2007 St. Paul, MN
Posted by: djurocks Posted on: Jun 29th, 2007, 11:52pm
Here's one from the inside...  Along a coal run on an old Rio Grande line a man named P J Read etched a locomotive in sandstone along with his name and the date.  A person could pass this a  few hundred times in a diesel locomotive and not see it because the old steam locomotives were so much lower (it is etched at the height of a steam locomotive's window)
 
Thank you Mr. P J Read.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jul 5th, 2007, 2:36pm
As promised, here are a couple of pictures I took at UP's Heritage Photo Shoot in Salt Lake City. All of my photos can be found at http://zwsplac.rrpicturearchives.net/archivethumbs.aspx?id=23660
 

 
Posted by: Southern Green Posted on: Jul 10th, 2007, 12:47am
Pacing a DPU at Oskosh, Nebraska...
Posted by: Southern Green Posted on: Jul 10th, 2007, 12:48am
Passing the head-end...(sorry for the quality, taken from a tour bus)
Posted by: Southern Green Posted on: Jul 10th, 2007, 12:50am
About ready to cross from Illinois into Missouri...(three trains in this shot)
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jul 13th, 2007, 11:57am
One benefit of moving to Las Vegas is that Cima Hill is only an hour away. Compared to the railfanning I'm used to, it can only be described as otherworldly. On most mountain grades, trains grind through curves  and are surrounded by trees. Not here. Everything is wide open, and you'd expect high speed running, not trains grinding uphill at 15 mph...and downhill at the same speed, trying to prevent a runaway. Standing at the summit at Cima, trains can be seen 25 miles away, and can take 2 hours before they finally struggle by you. Here are a couple pictures from a quick trip there last evening.
 
Pulling into Cima, this train has to wait for several others to come up the steep western face before tiptoeing down the hill.
 

 
Here is what a 7000' stack train looks like at 4 miles away. You always know what's coming out here! My camera had a hard time deciding what to focus on. It can be forgiven since the subject was so far distant.
 
Posted by: Hawko Posted on: Jul 15th, 2007, 6:47am
UP coal train heading west on the BNSF Midway Sub. on July 14, 2007 in St. Paul, MN
Posted by: Matthew_Langworthy Posted on: Jul 15th, 2007, 11:23am
Armour Yellow leading an NS train on the former Erie/EL main near Wellsburg, NY on Fri. 7/6:
 
Posted by: Hawko Posted on: Jul 18th, 2007, 3:07am
This engine, in St. Paul, MN, still has most of it's original Southern Pacific paint job.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jul 21st, 2007, 2:05pm
Okay fellas;
 
Let's lay the cards on the table, face up. How about the steamer shots How about digging out the photos of 844 and 3985, or whatever you can find
 
And if you are going Diesel, how about the Diesel Big Boy Yup, the DD-40AX. I was once on State St, Pomona, CA. and a freight came through, led by FOUR of the monster engines. What a sight, and NO camera. I drowned my sorrows in a Beer, imported naturally.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 21st, 2007, 4:32pm
This is a closeup while they were turning on the Y at Mojave in 2004.   Does anyone know why they built a wall way between the engine compartments
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jul 21st, 2007, 6:15pm
Yo Fellas,
 
Now that is more like it !! The breezeway halfway down the length of 6936 is nothing more than a shortcut to the other side of the engine for the workmen or the crew. It is safe, and oil slick free.
 
I was there as well when 3985 led the E-9's and a LONG passenger consist, with lots of Vista Domes, to Southern California and LAUS. Great shots and great new friends.  
 
Notorious story; When the UP consist led by 3985 and the E-9's came to Southern California I showed up and had the tripod and camera with me. Set the tripod up, put in the self timer, and the auxilary self timer, for a total of 30 seconds delay, clicked off the cable release and ran to the pilot of 3985. One of the Security Guards got hysterical, ran after me, and just as he blocked the shot, the camera clicked off. He heard the click, stopped dead, apologized and told me to try again. The other security guards laughed and told me they would look the other way if I killed him.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 21st, 2007, 8:01pm
on Jul 21st, 2007, 6:15pm, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Yo Fellas,
 
Now that is more like it !! The breezeway halfway down the length of 6936 is nothing more than a shortcut to the other side of the engine for the workmen or the crew. It is safe, and oil slick free.
 
I was there as well when 3985 led the E-9's and a LONG passenger consist, with lots of Vista Domes, to Southern California and LAUS. Great shots and great new friends.  
 
Notorious story; When the UP consist led by 3985 and the E-9's came to Southern California I showed up and had the tripod and camera with me. Set the tripod up, put in the self timer, and the auxilary self timer, for a total of 30 seconds delay, clicked off the cable release and ran to the pilot of 3985. One of the Security Guards got hysterical, ran after me, and just as he blocked the shot, the camera clicked off. He heard the click, stopped dead, apologized and told me to try again. The other security guards laughed and told me they would look the other way if I killed him.

 
That is a good story.  What locations did you shoot the 3985 when it was down there  
 Cheers
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2007, 12:24am
Hi Calzephyr;
 
All the action was at the Montclair, CA hump yards.  
 
You could not believe how many people showed up, and from how far away they came.
 
Another famous story; A wooden staircase was attached to the side of 3985 so that visitors could see inside, walk inside, the cab of 3985. She was under full steam, had a full crew in the cab, and the people would march on in, look around and leave through the other side of the wooden staircase. As I climbed the stairs, one kid was staring into the firebox as it blazed away. I looked into it myself, looked at the kid, and said to him, "And that is a REAL fire." I then went into the cab, looked around and said to the Engineman, " I have never been in this cab before, yet everything looks familiar and normal to me, as if I have been here many times before." They all laughed and asked me if I had ever been in the cab of a 4000, a Big Boy. I immediately replied, " Many times. 4014 is a short distance away at the Los Angeles Fair Grounds, the Fairplex. " They then told me it was the exact same cab, no difference. I then said, " Are you telling me that a Big Boy is nothing more than an overgrown Challenger, a 3985 " Again they laughed and said, "Exactly right." We all then had a good laugh.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2007, 1:36am
on Jul 22nd, 2007, 12:24am, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hi Calzephyr;
 
All the action was at the Montclair, CA hump yards.  
 
You could not believe how many people showed up, and from how far away they came.
 
Another famous story; A wooden staircase was attached to the side of 3985 so that visitors could see inside, walk inside, the cab of 3985. She was under full steam, had a full crew in the cab, and the people would march on in, look around and leave through the other side of the wooden staircase. As I climbed the stairs, one kid was staring into the firebox as it blazed away. I looked into it myself, looked at the kid, and said to him, "And that is a REAL fire." I then went into the cab, looked around and said to the Engineman, " I have never been in this cab before, yet everything looks familiar and normal to me, as if I have been here many times before." They all laughed and asked me if I had ever been in the cab of a 4000, a Big Boy. I immediately replied, " Many times. 4014 is a short distance away at the Los Angeles Fair Grounds, the Fairplex. " They then told me it was the exact same cab, no difference. I then said, " Are you telling me that a Big Boy is nothing more than an overgrown Challenger, a 3985 " Again they laughed and said, "Exactly right." We all then had a good laugh.

 
Pennsy  
 
I have been in the cab of all eight of the preserved Big Boys and they are always great to see.  The Challenger cab interior was almost identical to a 4000 including the stoker and the controls before the conversion to oil back in 1993, but it still is a great place to visit.   The 844 has an almost identical size cab also since the Union Pacific did things in a big way.  
When I first saw the 4005 in June of 1970 at Denver, they were trying to push it into the old museum location and had used a diesel pushing and a cat on the front.  Guess what, it rolled the rail and I have a shot of all eight drivers on the ground.  It took several days before they got it back on the track and pushed it straight into the location avoiding the curve they had first laid out.    
  
I try to catch the 844 when it runs.  After the 3985 was in Roseville in 2005, we drove up to Idaho and caught it again as it was returning home to Cheyenne.  It is a great locomotive to watch and I hope it runs again in the fall as planned.  
I also like the 9000 at Pomona and the SP 5021.  I used to visit it when it was still in San Bernardino near the 3751.   I was in the Air Force at Norton and got to see the 3751 many times, but never once thought it would run again durning my visits.  
Cheers  
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Jul 22nd, 2007, 10:19am
Hi Calzephyr;
 
Amazing how great minds move in similar circles.
 
Similar story with the 4014. It was in the museum on the opposite side of the fairgrounds for many years, right next to the stables and track for the horses. So, when the museum was able to get some steam up for the engines, the kids would be blowing the whistles, all day. The horses did not like that, and eventually the museum had to move to the other side of the fairgrounds, where it is now. So, how do you move a Big Boy from one place to another You hire Santa Fe work crews and lay temporary track and use a large truck to push the engines. That is how 4014 got its present location. With one addition; they greased and oiled all the wheels expecting them to be frozen after all those years; WRONG. 4014 just kept on rolling onto the ground. Same problem, and same solution.  
 
Now for the big surprise; I was working for the USAF at Norton Airplane Patch at roughly the same time. Took my lunches at either the NCO club, or the O club. Food was better at the NCO club. Stayed there as a Consultant Engineer until it closed. Worked on the ICBM's. We probably passed each other like  trains in the night. I remember vividly the first time I decided to get lunch at the O club, and had no idea where it was. A 2nd Lieutenant passed me by, I hailed him, and asked directions to the O club. He started off with "Yes, SIR,...." and kept on going. I was really impressed. Liked the NCO club better, bigger and better.  
 
Re; 3751: Never got to see her while she was on display. However, fairly recently she was at LAUS. Got a chance to take Metrolink into LAUS, walked over to Track 13 and there she was, with a full head of steam, blowing her whistle for the kids delight. Got a chance to shoot the breeze with the crew, and the Engineman invited me into the cab. Not as big as 4014, but cozy. Had a great time.
Posted by: Norm_Anderson Posted on: Aug 11th, 2007, 5:27am
on Jul 21st, 2007, 4:32pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
  Does anyone know why they built a wall way between the engine compartments

 
I think . . .  the DDs were built with a cut-through halfway down the unit to shorten the hike for any crewmember or shop person who had to walk around to the other side without climbing down to the ground.
 
 
Calzephyr,  superb photos, by the way . . .
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 11th, 2007, 8:33pm
on Aug 11th, 2007, 5:27am, Norm_Anderson wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I think . . .  the DDs were built with a cut-through halfway down the unit to shorten the hike for any crewmember or shop person who had to walk around to the other side without climbing down to the ground.
 
 
Calzephyr,  superb photos, by the way . . .
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm

 
Norm  
 
You are probably right about the reason for the cut-through.  Those units are really long.  
 
Thanks for the comment on the pictures.  They were much better before they were sized down from 4 to 5 Meg to almost zero.  
 
Cheers
Posted by: railfan1979 Posted on: Aug 15th, 2007, 2:22am
I'm lovin the pics of the heritage units!!! keep em' comin!! Here's some foreign power on CSX's indianapolis line in berea, ohio: SD70M #4238 leads this train eastbound.
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Aug 20th, 2007, 3:28pm
I'll post my pics from my trip to Rochelle yesterday.What a great day fro rare power!
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Aug 20th, 2007, 3:28pm
No patch!
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Aug 20th, 2007, 3:30pm
Any info on this one?
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Aug 20th, 2007, 3:31pm
Espee on this one.
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Aug 20th, 2007, 3:32pm
More Espee and a meet!
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 23rd, 2007, 4:55pm
on Aug 20th, 2007, 3:32pm, 765 fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
More Espee and a meet!

 
Thanks for the Rochelle pictures.  I visited Rochelle a few years back and saw a lot of action in just one hour early one morning.    
Cheers
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 7:59pm
I got to see some Union Pacific action during my visit to Iowa.
 
A coal train passes through Boone, IA
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:01pm
Another freight passes through Boone.  
(This was while I was at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:03pm
The C&NW heritage unit came through on a freight
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:08pm
At the same moment B&SV 8419 returned to the station, the 1995 rolls by
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:10pm
Just 3.5 miles from Boone is the Kate Shelly High Bridge, the highest and longest double track railroad bridge in the world
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:11pm
A few days later at Mason City, some switching is done on the ex-C&NW line
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:12pm
A HLCX engine with a C&NW caboose
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:14pm
GP38-2 396 was in charge of switching. I saw this same engine switching at Minneapolis (no pictures from there, though)
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:16pm
396 couples the hoppers to the train.
 
Well, that's about it. Enjoy!
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Aug 26th, 2007, 8:28pm
SP Patch.Ugh,looks horrible!
Posted by: Hawko Posted on: Aug 27th, 2007, 11:22am
St. Paul, MN Jul 17,2007
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Aug 27th, 2007, 1:13pm
Here's a shot from the Bard area south of Las Vegas. This is my favorite place to watch trains in the Las Vegas area. However, I found out shortly before taking this picture that it's illegal to use motor vehicles in this area!   There was a BLM Ranger behind me when I took this shot changing a flat tire, but he was nice and didn't ticket me since I was ignorant of the law.
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Sep 4th, 2007, 12:09pm
Good catch calzephyr. That's the only specially painted loco I haven't caught yet.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Sep 10th, 2007, 3:18pm
Couple shots from last saturday
 
First is an eastbound manifest heading by the abandoned tunnel just south of Las Vegas.

 
 
The second is another special UP unit. This one honors the North Little Rock shops.
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Sep 12th, 2007, 3:06pm

Ken
 
The 2748 seems to have lost part of the decal on the front nose.    Did it have NLR on it at one time
 
Cheers
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Sep 12th, 2007, 7:48pm
Yes, it is looking a little worse for wear. Here's what it should look like:
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=60425&nseq=5
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Sep 25th, 2007, 12:07pm
That last shot is a beaut! Seems like UP is sending plenty of interesting power your way. The DRGW unit is supposed to be coming through Las Vegas sometime today, but I don't know when and it doesn't matter because I'm working all day till dark.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Sep 26th, 2007, 12:22pm
Well, it came through late...but not late enough! 1989 came through Vegas in the pre-dawn hours this morning, while I was still asleep and it was still dark. Had it been a couple hours later, I probably would have gone into work a little later and chased it down to Nipton.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2007, 6:30pm
I spent 24+ hours railfanning Cima Hill this weekend!   Here's a couple pictures I took.
 

 
This is UP 8311 heading through Nipton, Ca pulling ZLADV, the hottest train on the Cima Sub.
 

 
I chased UP 5279 quite a distance. In this shot, he has just topped the summit of Cima Hill, and is bracing for 20 miles of 2% downgrade. Ordinarily, there would be some mountains in the background of this shot, but high winds stirred up a lot of dust which reduced visibility significantly. By the time this train reached Kelso, it was near dust storm conditions as evidenced by my last shot.
 
Posted by: SRC#90_KB3PQD Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2007, 6:57pm
Only three pictures from 24+ hours? come on, you have to have some more. Please post them.
Great pictures BTW.
KB3PQD signing out
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Oct 24th, 2007, 2:53pm
on Oct 22nd, 2007, 6:57pm, SRC#90_KB3PQD wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Only three pictures from 24+ hours? come on, you have to have some more. Please post them.
Great pictures BTW.
KB3PQD signing out

 
Well, by request I'll produce a few more! First off are links to the 4 I sent to Railpictures.
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=207486
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=207950
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=207949
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=207946
 
And 3 more you don't have to link to.
 

 
First up is a coal train holding for a clear signal at the Arden mini-yard on the south side of Las Vegas.
 

 
Heading back to the tracks after lunch, a stack train caught me off guard. here it is taking a green signal near the Nevada/California state line.
 

 
Finally a morning shot of a manifest with a couple KCS visitors.
Posted by: SRC#90_KB3PQD Posted on: Oct 24th, 2007, 5:04pm
Awsome. Thanks. I really like the first one with the night stars. Hope to see more from you.
KB3QD signing out
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Oct 30th, 2007, 8:40pm
Well, the California wildfires have been filling our skies with smoke! Hopefully it's clear this weekend, as I'm going out again, this time to some new areas.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 5th, 2007, 2:36pm
As I stated in my previous post, I decided to get out and fan some new areas this weekend, going north of Las Vegas as opposed to going to Cima Hill like usual. It was quite a change for me, trading the very wide open spaces for canyons. It was amazing up there, and I'm having a hard time paring down the pictures to share here.  
 
First however, I want to invite you to view what is most likely the best photo I have ever taken. You can find it at http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=210083 Hope you enjoy it.
 
Finally, I picked 5 other shots to share.
 
The first is a UP intermodal running past some fall color in a canyon.
 

 
Down the road, I caught the same train bursting out from a tunnel.
 

 
I continued the chase as the train left the canyons, picking up speed over the open land. Here it is passing a lonely ranch.
 

 
Later, I caught a coal train running through the south end of the canyon. Hard to believe this is Nevada, and not Colorado!
 

 
My final shot is an autorack passing some badlands.
 

 
Hope you enjoyed!
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Nov 6th, 2007, 3:30pm
Thanks for the new photo's.  The GE coming out of the tunnel onto the bridge is a dramatic classic picture and the one of the 4449 is great for sure.   I never knew that area was so great for photography.
 
Do you know if that tunnel had been double tracked for a siding at one time in the past.  It looks way too wide for a single track.  
 
Thanks again.
 
CALZEPHYR
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 7th, 2007, 9:12pm
on Nov 6th, 2007, 3:30pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thanks for the new photo's.  The GE coming out of the tunnel onto the bridge is a dramatic classic picture and the one of the 4449 is great for sure.   I never knew that area was so great for photography.
 
Do you know if that tunnel had been double tracked for a siding at one time in the past.  It looks way too wide for a single track.  
 
Thanks again.
 
CALZEPHYR

 
I'm not sure if the route was ever double track, but I doubt it. I think the portals were built that big. 5 of the 6 tunnels in that section looked about wide enough for double track, it just seemed to be UP's style through here to build very large tunnels. For the most part, aside from some areas where track got washed out, this line is straight from the 50's as far as infrastructure, especially signals.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Nov 9th, 2007, 10:42am
on Nov 7th, 2007, 9:12pm, zwsplac wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I'm not sure if the route was ever double track, but I doubt it. I think the portals were built that big. 5 of the 6 tunnels in that section looked about wide enough for double track, it just seemed to be UP's style through here to build very large tunnels. For the most part, aside from some areas where track got washed out, this line is straight from the 50's as far as infrastructure, especially signals.

 
As far as I am aware, the route has always been single tracked, but the large tunnels would seem to indicate they might have planned ahead for future expansion.  
 
After looking at the book Union Pacific Salt Lake Route by Hemphill, I read that the tunnels were enlarged in the 1927 to 28 era but the double track was never needed.  The sidings were extended  to 8800 feet or longer in 1986 era to handle long trains of the modern era.
 
Thanks again.
 
Cheers    
 
    
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 9th, 2007, 1:43pm
Actually not all the sidings were extended to 8800' feet or longer, only one about every 15 miles or so. Most of them are in the 6000-7000 range. Aside from the stack trains and coal trains, most of the trains are fairly short through here.
 
South of Las Vegas, the sidings are typically even shorter, with the typical length being around 5700-6000 and longer ones only around 8000. Every once in a while they'll run a 10000' stack train through, and I can only imagine how fun that one is to run.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 21st, 2007, 9:45pm
Decided to upload a quick shot I took today. I've been meaning to take this one for a while, and finally got around to it this afternoon. This is CP Tropicana, and is 1 mile east of my apartment. Soon, however, I till be moving to another apartment.
 
I'm headed for Tehachapi this weekend. Look for pics early next week!
Posted by: SRC#90_KB3PQD Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2007, 2:34pm
That's an awsome picture. I love how you'd worked the background in with it. Very creative.
KB3PQD signing out
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2007, 7:52pm
Caught UP #4012 in Scranton, PA.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: SRC#90_KB3PQD Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2007, 9:57am
on Nov 22nd, 2007, 7:52pm, CHESSIEMIKE wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Caught UP #4012 in Scranton, PA.
CHESSIEMIKE

One word. Nice .
KB3PQD signing out
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2007, 12:32pm
Hi Chessimike;
 
Great shot, but you have me curious. How did they get that smoke and steam around 4012 ? At any rate the old girl looks great. Almost as good as 4014 at the Los Angeles Fair Grounds.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2007, 10:56pm
on Nov 23rd, 2007, 12:32pm, Pennsy wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hi Chessimike;
 
Great shot, but you have me curious. How did they get that smoke and steam around 4012 ? At any rate the old girl looks great. Almost as good as 4014 at the Los Angeles Fair Grounds.
Oh, we did not have anything better to do one night so we filled the boiler with water and lit off a fire in the firebox. We were going to make a run out on the Mainline but could not find enough cars in the yard to give the old girl a work out. Ok, back to reality. It's amazing how well a few properly placed smoke bombs look under cover of darkness. This was a staged shot at Steamtown for their Lackawanna Weekend event.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Nov 24th, 2007, 10:45am
Hi,
 
Very effective. Another trick I have heard of is to place old car and truck tires in the firebox and set them on fire. Real black smoke will make it look as if the engine is working really hard. Some clubs have done that and pushed the "dead" engine from behind. Looks as though the engine is really under steam and working hard.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 26th, 2007, 10:57am
As promised here are some of my Tehachapi photos from last weekend. I spent parts of 3 days on Tehachapi, and had a great time. Since it's a joint line, some more pictures can be found in the BSNF Picture Thread.
 
First shot of the day, right before sunrise at Mojave, CA. I left Las Vegas at 230 AM to get here at first light after a nearly 4 hour drive.
 

 
Later on the first day we have a UP intermodal grinding through one of the horseshoes at Allard.
 

 
I didn't photo any UP's on the second day, but on the third I caught this manifest winding through Marcel. You can see the helpers in the upper left.
 

 
Hope you enjoyed. I'll be returning here often in the future! It's a truly amazing area.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Dec 31st, 2007, 2:42pm
Time for a last couple shots before the new year. It's been a productive year of railfanning, with the promise of far more to come!
 
I went out last weekend and caught a few trains around Las Vegas. First up is a ballast train and cement train meeting at Jean, NV.  
 

 
I followed the cement train north and fired this next shot from 2 miles away as it wound through Sloan. The cement trains used to run with a set of 4 SD60Ms. They now run with a set of 4 SD70ACes, and likely will forever as UP gets an emission credit from CA for using cleaner locos. That explains why we get so many ACe's, GEVOS and 70Ms through here, not that I'm complaining.
 

 
One last shot shows a westbound manifest meeting ZLADV, the hottest train on the entire LA&SL. Unfortunately, in a case of bad dispatching, it had to hold for the manifest to get past.
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jan 29th, 2008, 6:02pm
Due to the large mudslide in Oregon on the UP, Las Vegas has been hosting a couple of extra trains each day. But these aren't your run of the mill manifests. UP is rerouting many of its Z trains through Las Vegas, and I've been making sure to catch as many as I can.  
 
 
First shot is ZLADV, a normal denizen of the LA&SL. It has just met ZBRLCD at Sloan. On this day, all 3 Z trains showed up within minutes of each other, and were followed by a hot autorack train.
 

 
My second shot is of ZBRLCD passing under I15 south of Las Vegas. Behind me is ZLCSED in the siding. Two of the hottest trains on the UP, rerouted through Vegas, and I was able to catch the meet. After this ZBRLCD took off, leaving me in the dust!
 

 
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Feb 11th, 2008, 9:30pm
Greetings from Tucson. Arrived this afternoon and saw this Flagship on the way in along I-10.  Flag a bit tattered for such a recent scheme.
-Charlie
Posted by: co_riff Posted on: Feb 27th, 2008, 10:38am
We are seeing alot more UP engines here on the NS WV Sec.
Curtis
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Feb 28th, 2008, 10:54am
Time for your Thursday Heritage Unit fix!
 
UP 1988 in Valley Yard at Las Vegas on 2/27
 

 
SP 8578 and another ex-SP (or maybe SSW) vet sitting just north of Valley Yard.
 
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Feb 28th, 2008, 4:10pm
Hey zwsplac, I think that second unit behind the Katy unit is a ex-CNW enigne. Looks like it still has it's AC box painted in CNW green.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Feb 29th, 2008, 12:45pm
on Feb 28th, 2008, 4:10pm, 765 fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Hey zwsplac, I think that second unit behind the Katy unit is a ex-CNW enigne. Looks like it still has it's AC box painted in CNW green.

 
While the AC box is indeed from a CNW painted loco, this locomotive is not of CNW heritage as they didn't have any C40-8Ws. That part is fairly interchangeable between units. It is very common to see BNSF H2 dash 9s with warbonnet AC boxes. However, this is the first time I've seen one from a dash 9 on a dash 8.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2008, 12:25pm
A few pictures I took while railfanning north of Las Vegas last Saturday.
 
UP 7180 exiting the Meadow Valley Wash at Farrier.
 

 
UP 4807 leading an intermodal into Moapa while passing a coal train heading into the power plant.
 

 
UP 7721 leading ballast train WMFHLB at Farrier once again. He has just met detour intermodal train ZLCSED.
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 10th, 2008, 2:42pm
The LA&SL has been getting quite a few trains lately, with lots of reroutes due to derailments and trackwork on the Sunset and Golden State Routes respectively. Last Wednesday, a lineup forwarded to me had 59 trains lined up for Las Vegas in the next 24 hours. Since I was ahead on hours at work, I was permitted to take off from work early to go train watching. I caught 10 trains in 4 hours. Every siding around Las Vegas was full. Here's  a couple shots that I grabbed.
 
 
My first stop was the Las Vegas Yard Office to see what was going on. I got there right as ZLADV arrived. Two coal trains are tied down, so as you can see, it was a full house.
 

 
I headed north out of Las Vegas, eventually settling down at an open spot north of Valley Yard. My second to last train of the day was ISCLB, seen here heading into town.
 

 
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 10th, 2008, 2:56pm
I headed out again last Saturday, deciding to take advantage of increased traffic by heading up to the canyons north of Las Vegas. I didn't check my email before leaving, but another lineup was in my inbox today. 75 trains were supposed to hit Las Vegas in the next 48 hours! Incredibly, in the 16 hours I was out and about, I only saw 15 trains, though I know I missed some where I had to travel away from the tracks. Congestion played a role in the train count, as several usually reliable trains never did show up while I was at the tracks. However, 15 trains is plenty to keep me busy. I shot a number of pictures in some terrific scenery, and here are a couple to share here.
 
My first train in daylight I caught at Leith Siding. I chased this one for 40+ miles through the canyons with my windows rolled down despite the 34 degree temps, listening to the throbbing of prime movers echoing off the walls.
 

 
Nearing the end of the chase, I found a spot where the northbound train was well-lit by the morning sun at Etna.  
 

 
I chased the next train west, a grainer pulled by UP 7061. Here it is creeping through Stine's towering canyon. Beautiful sky! Best color I've ever gotten on digital.
 

 
 
After battling a slowdown in traffic and rainstorms, the day turned beautiful once more. Chasing a BNSF led coal train out of Caliente yielded this shot at Boyd.
 

 
Heading back to Caliente for gas and supper, I caught two more trains. The most notable was this detour autoracker, which I caught at Etna. This is looking the opposite direction from where the earlier Etna shot was taken. Note the rain falling in the sky.
 

 
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2008, 6:41pm
This board has been incredibly dead! Surely I'm not the only one out trainwatching? The last week has been interesting. A week ago, UP 1982 made an early visit through Las Vegas. I caught him south of town a couple of times before heading into work.
 

 

 
Last Saturday, I spent some quality time on Cima Hill. Traffic was hot and cold, mostly cold. 5 WB's made up an afternoon rush out of Las Vegas. THe first train was a coal train.
 

 
And the last was an intermodal. Both shots are from Ivanpah, though between these two trains I was all over the place!
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: May 28th, 2008, 1:01pm
A couple of shots from Memorial Day taken just south of Las Vegas. I went for a hike...along the tracks!
 

 

 
What a beautiful day! Only reached the mid-70's. A week ago it was well over 100!
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 12th, 2008, 12:03pm
Nice shots CZ. I just found out that the passenger special is heading back down into Las Vegas tonight! Unfortunately I doubt that I will be able to catch it tonight or tomorrow morning when it leaves. If it heads west out of town, it will meet the Grandluxe coming into Vegas. How awesome would it be to photograph a meet between two full-size passenger trains on a line that has no regular passenger service?
Posted by: Hawko Posted on: Jun 25th, 2008, 9:49am
UP 6716, a former CNW unit,  is in the trailing position of an Eastbound BNSF consist at the BNSF Savanna, IL Yard on the evening of June 24, 2008.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jun 25th, 2008, 3:22pm
Yep CZ, those California wildfires are making Vegas a smoky place too. I noticed coming into town last Sunday that a plume of smoke was stretching across the sky.
 
As to where I was coming from, I headed over to Tehcachapi for the weekend to catch the Amtrak detours. On the way over, I stayed the night in the Afton Canyon. I'll post a couple Afton shots, then a Tehachapi one.
 
Afton Canyon was a bit of a disappointment. Scenery wasn't as great as it was hyped to be and traffic was pitiful on the LA&SL. First shot is of a light engine movement EWCOG hauling 9 various EMD SD's to Ogden to be combined with other dead locos.
 

 
A few minutes later the hot ZLADV came through. However he had a 50mph car on his train, so the lite engines had just passed him at the last siding.
 

 
Finally, I headed to Tehachapi. While Afton Canyon had been a bit of a let-down, Tehachapi was hopping with trains. One 4 hour shooting session in absolutely perfect light made me one happy guy with a memory card full of excellent shots. Only one UP train came through in that flurry, and here it is meeting a BNSF manifest at Caliente.
 

Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Jun 25th, 2008, 6:52pm
UP Autoracks getting underway after wating for two BNSF trains at Rochelle, IL.
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Jun 25th, 2008, 6:53pm
DPU at rear end of a coal train.
Posted by: 765 fan Posted on: Jun 25th, 2008, 6:55pm
More UP action at Rochelle.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jul 16th, 2008, 11:57am
Is that the UP 5380 leading that train at Rocklin? If so, I caught the same unit as a leader just a couple short weeks ago. Here it is with the MWCSC battling the 2.2 percent grade at Elora, CA.
 

 
 
BTW, I've been checking out Donner Pass shots lately. I'd like to head up some time, but time and money will be the main challenges, mostly time. There's a lot of places I want to visit!
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Aug 9th, 2008, 9:17pm
HA! I FINALLY caught the UP 4141 this morning, which was the final UP Special Paint job I hadn't yet photographed. It headed through Las Vegas with the QWCNP at sunrise this morning, and I got some nice shots.
 

 
First light at Apex, which is just north of Las Vegas.
 

 
He had to stop to meet another train at Garnet, which is just north of Apex. That opened up the opportunity to take this shot as he left the siding.
 

 
Barely beating the train to Moapa I fired off one last shot, which I'd been wanting to get since last summer. I wanted 3 good shots of this train, and luckily, I got them within an hours drive of Las Vegas. If not for that meet I might have ended up in Utah chasing this guy!
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Aug 28th, 2008, 10:34am
That's a pretty sweet bridge right there!
Posted by: VaPennsyFan Posted on: Aug 29th, 2008, 9:58pm
If only UP had a paint scheme of its own as attractive as those on some of the Heritage units . . . .  
 
Jon
Posted by: WA._BNSF_fan Posted on: Aug 31st, 2008, 8:48pm
found some u.p. hardware waitin for a move in kalama wa.
 
makes taking pics easy when theyre still..
Posted by: WA._BNSF_fan Posted on: Aug 31st, 2008, 8:50pm
the north facing partner..
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2008, 4:11pm
Great photo of 3985 but I'll bet that railpictures would reject it.
Posted by: Hawko Posted on: Sep 6th, 2008, 7:22am
UP 6383 at the Goose Island Campground in La Crosse County, WI on the BNSF Aurora Sub. on Sept. 1, 2008.
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Sep 10th, 2008, 2:37pm
Nice photos. Looks like 1996 could use a run through the wash racks. Also glad to see that the rotary equipment is still being cared for.
Posted by: icsd701000 Posted on: Sep 15th, 2008, 2:37am
UP 6936 making a engineering special on the old C&EI/Mopac Chicago to Pana line.
Posted by: VaPennsyFan Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2008, 9:07pm
Is that SP unit in the middle unpatched?  
 
 
Jon
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Oct 20th, 2008, 4:11pm
on Sep 8th, 2008, 2:11pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
UP 5397 from LA to Portland leaning into the Y at Roseville today with the 1996 trailing as second unit.

 
The UP 5397 made an appearance in my home territory last Saturday, seen here rumbling through the Hunstman Canyon at Rox, NV.
 

Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 6th, 2008, 6:11pm
Speaking of Heritage units....
 
Here's 3 pictures I got from my recent vacation to the Caliente, NV area. The last train of the trip was pulled by 1982.
 


Posted by: Birdman Posted on: Nov 11th, 2008, 1:47am
on Nov 20th, 2007, 4:30pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I found some Geeps in the Denver industrial area near Tower Road used for local switching.  The Blue unit is lettered GATX on the side and labeled GMTX on the rear and cab.   Anyone know why the names are not the same??   It looks like it was painted recently.  

UP lease those units to have more power if they need it but don't have to buy them. GATX- "Power you canT rely on...) they don't get much love and didn't get much when GATX bought them and refurbished them, I guess. We have issues with them mechanically and electrically...
Posted by: Birdman Posted on: Nov 11th, 2008, 1:52am
on Nov 17th, 2007, 12:10pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This empty coal train was tied down on the KP east of Denver at Tower road yesterday.  I noticed it on my trip back to the airport.  The 6725 must be a repaint because the numbers do not seem to align up correctly.  
 

It may be an SP unit repainted or a UP unit that was repaired after damage. We get kits from 3M containing all the lettering and numbering stickers for renumbers. i try to be neat but some don't...
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Nov 24th, 2008, 1:06pm
That last shot is really nice CZ.
 
The last couple of weekends I've done some minor railfanning while sticking within a couple hours of Las Vegas.  
 


 
On the 15th, I headed out to Cima Hill for the morning, and captured this sequence of the eastbound ZLADV clawing up Cima Hill while the KG1LA impatiently waits. Soon the meet is over and the KG1LA is tiptoeing its long train down the hill and around the S-curves.
 


 
Last Saturday I decided to go to the Afton Canyon rather than waiting for January like I'd been planning. Conditions weren't ideal for photos and traffic was average, but I still managed some decent shots. The first shot is the DPU on the eastbound KLAG1 as it winds through the canyon. The second shot is of the ZLADV crossing the Mojave River.
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Dec 4th, 2008, 8:33pm
Nice photo, but next time mention that the 8444 is a diesel. Initially I thought you got the 844 confused with her becoming the 8444 for a while.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Jan 13th, 2009, 12:19pm
I guess I never did get around to posting some pictures of the snow on Cima Hill. Both pictures taken at Cima Summit. It was amazing seeing all the snow on the ground. I think they got a about 8 inches all told.
 

 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Feb 4th, 2009, 12:00pm
3 shots taken on my various journeys around the LA&SL the past couple of weekends.
 
First is KLAG1 screaming past Nipton, CA at 70MPH on 1/24! What a beautiful day.
 

 
On January 31st, I headed out to the Afton Canyon for a day of trains. The LA&SL was a little more active than normal both this weekend and last. It bodes well for this coming weekend when I'll go out once again.
 
Not 2 minutes after sunup, a train was already heading through Basin where I'd spent the night.
 

 
A few hours later a flurry of eastbounds hit. One of these was the KLAG1. I turned to snap it taking the green signal when it suddenly dropped to flashing yellow. With straight track like that, it's no wonder trains can really get up and fly across the desert!
 

Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Feb 25th, 2009, 4:49pm
UP 580 with the flanger running ahead of Amtrak #5 and the 1988 on the Z train from Chicago to Lathop, CA on 2/16/2009
 

 
 
This is the Colfax shot of "Miss Katy" in the snow on 2/16/2009.
 

 
 
This is "Miss Katy" at Weimar crossing west of Colfax.  The melting snow on the nose looks like an eagle to me, instead of the star it will be in Auburn.
 

 
 
The 1988 downhill at Auburn Ca.  The snow has melted off of the nose and the star is visible again.  

 
 
 
And the sunlight began to shine under the clouds in Roseville as the 1988 goes west.  
 

 
1988 wider view in Colfax.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Feb 26th, 2009, 5:28pm

This is what the snow storm in the background looked like before the sun came out from under the clouds in Roseville Ca.  
 
 
 

Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Feb 27th, 2009, 5:59pm

The 1996 was on the Northbound Z train from LA to Portland again today.  The light was not great since the sun was directly overhead with scattered clouds.  
 

 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2009, 8:02pm
Nice shots, CZ. I was supposed to head to Tucson last weekend to capture some UP action, but I cancelled because I am way too tired from work!
 
I think I might replace it with a trip up your way to see some UP Steam over Donner come April.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:14am
on Mar 2nd, 2009, 8:02pm, zwsplac wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice shots, CZ. I was supposed to head to Tucson last weekend to capture some UP action, but I cancelled because I am way too tired from work!
 
I think I might replace it with a trip up your way to see some UP Steam over Donner come April.

 
Ken  
 
I am planning on being in Reno the morning the 844 starts west over the Hill.   Let me know what you are driving and say hello.  The Roseville yard will be 100 years old in April and that should be an interesting display.  
 
The picture below is from August of 2007, but it is the 1988 at Auburn Ca in the very late evening light.   A Z train on another day.  
 
CZ
 

 
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 5th, 2009, 2:51pm
Well, if I do go I'd be driving a rental so no idea what it would be! It would definitely be a fun trip, but I've been thinking about buying a house too and it might be better to save some money for that too. Who knows.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Mar 5th, 2009, 8:24pm
on Mar 5th, 2009, 2:51pm, zwsplac wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Well, if I do go I'd be driving a rental so no idea what it would be! It would definitely be a fun trip, but I've been thinking about buying a house too and it might be better to save some money for that too. Who knows.

 
If you don't make it over here, I will be posting pictures.  There is one unnamed steam locomotive besides the 844 that will be attending according to the UP spokes person.   That one could be the 2472 or the 4449 or maybe some other locomotive, but I would tend to believe it will be one from the Southern Pacific line since the yard was a CP / SP yard.  
 
Your guess is as good as anyone's.
 
In the meantime waiting for next month, this is a shot of the 3985 in 2005 when it came to Roseville.  This picture is southbound at Baseline into Sacramento after they came down the Feather River Canyon.   They were moving when they came by me.  
  
 
 

 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 9th, 2009, 5:25pm
A couple of shots from my last foray along the LA&SL on Valentine's Day.
 

 
One major train of interest that popped up that day was the KCIATD detouring over the LA&SL from the City of Industry and headed for Atlanta. A roundabout route if there ever was one, but of interest on the rear of the train were the Tropicana reefers headed back to Florida. Shown here meeting the ISCLB at Moapa.
 

 
About 90 minutes later and 10 miles to the north, I captured another meet. This one was between resident hotshot ZLADV and an unknown coal train. Beautiful scenery up here!
 
Since these shots, UP has begun heavy tie work in this area with the consequence that on typical days there are no westbound trains in daylight! Therefore it is hardly worth even going out and I've been going other places, such as Montana for some MRL a couple weeks ago and Tehachapi this last weekend. However, I may venture up to the Nevada/Utah border this Saturday since that's where you'll find trains in daylight. As a bonus, I've been wanting to get up there for awhile.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Mar 10th, 2009, 1:38pm
Ken  
Nice shots.  I did not realize the Tropicana cars came out this way.  
 
 
 
 
 
UP 1988 on stack train westbound to Oakland.
 
 
UP 1988 on the west leg of the Y in Roseville.  
 

 
 
 
 
UP 1988 westbound on Roseville Road in Sacramento
 

 

 
 
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 11th, 2009, 5:59pm
on Mar 10th, 2009, 1:38pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Ken  
Nice shots.  I did not realize the Tropicana cars came out this way.  
 

 
The KATLB takes a few out to City of Industry several times per week and the KCIAT takes the empties back east.
 
Trying to figure out how I'll do my trip up there if I do come to see 844. My hope was that I will fly into Sacramento and spend 2 days on Donner, then 2 days in the Feather River Canyon before returning home. However, it is much cheaper to fly to Reno but then my itenerary wouldn't have a good flow to it. If I fly to Reno I'd probably end up with a day in the eastern part of the FRC, chase 844 over Donner the next, spend another day in the FRC, then spend the last day on Donner near Reno. Actually, that would work pretty well!
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Mar 12th, 2009, 11:24pm
on Mar 11th, 2009, 5:59pm, zwsplac wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
The KATLB takes a few out to City of Industry several times per week and the KCIAT takes the empties back east.
 
Trying to figure out how I'll do my trip up there if I do come to see 844. My hope was that I will fly into Sacramento and spend 2 days on Donner, then 2 days in the Feather River Canyon before returning home. However, it is much cheaper to fly to Reno but then my itenerary wouldn't have a good flow to it. If I fly to Reno I'd probably end up with a day in the eastern part of the FRC, chase 844 over Donner the next, spend another day in the FRC, then spend the last day on Donner near Reno. Actually, that would work pretty well!

 
Flying to Reno sounds like the right choice.  If you can take an early flight on the prior day, that would allow you to see traffic on the Feather River line all day long and be back down to Sparks for the arrival of the 844 late in the day.  It is short flight and it is a quick drive up to Portola area for the day prior to the 844.  It should be worth the effort for sure.   The run over the Hill to Roseville will take several hours with maintenance work going on almost all the time lately after the big snows we had last month.  You should be able to get shots several places on uphill from Reno to Truckee and then several places on the way down the other side.  
 
I would guess there will be lots of company including the CHP so watch for those, but the train speed over the hill is very slow both up and down so no real chase is even needed.  
Did you get a chance to check out my Photobucket??
 
CZ
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 18th, 2009, 11:50am
on Mar 12th, 2009, 11:24pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Flying to Reno sounds like the right choice.  If you can take an early flight on the prior day, that would allow you to see traffic on the Feather River line all day long and be back down to Sparks for the arrival of the 844 late in the day.  It is short flight and it is a quick drive up to Portola area for the day prior to the 844.  It should be worth the effort for sure.   The run over the Hill to Roseville will take several hours with maintenance work going on almost all the time lately after the big snows we had last month.  You should be able to get shots several places on uphill from Reno to Truckee and then several places on the way down the other side.  
 
I would guess there will be lots of company including the CHP so watch for those, but the train speed over the hill is very slow both up and down so no real chase is even needed.  
Did you get a chance to check out my Photobucket??
 
CZ

 
Well, I got my flight all booked for coming up late the night of Wednesday the 15th and leaving that Sunday evening. Spend Thursday on the east end of the Feather River Canyon and on out to Sand Pass, Friday over Donner with the 844, Saturday in the FRC from Oroville to Keddie, then spend Sunday around Reno before flying out that night. I'd like to save a few bucks and get a rental car rather than an SUV. I should be able to get around the FRC and Donner with one, but have you ever been out to Sand Pass before? The roads out there look like decent dirt from aerial photos, but it wouldn't be the first time I've seen a decent looking road turn out to be a nightmare. I want to hit all the WP locations I can, because UP apparently is throwing most of it's eggs in the Donner basket and as soon as they get clearances improved, the WP will go to 2 trains per day plus occasional extras. They stuck with the SP line too over by Salt Lake City, so I want to hit that stretch of WP before it gets down to 4 trains per day or so. By the end of 2009, I will actually have visited most of the WP between Sacramento and Salt Lake City! I can do the SP any other time.
 
Liked your Photobucket a lot. Those steam shots from Illinois and Indiana really stole the show for me.
 
I was out exploring more of the LA&SL last weekend. I made it all the way to Modena, UT! Once the tie gangs cleared up, the westbounds started to roll.
 

 
Taken from the highway overpass at Modena, which was not a photo friendly bridge! This is the MSCWC, but I suspect it may have been combined with an MNPWC because it usually doesn't get this long till after it's pickup in Las Vegas...and it usually doesn't have 6 engines and 2 DPUs!
 

 
Last shot of the day was of this Ballast train near the small Mormon community of Barclay, NV.
Posted by: zwsplac Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2009, 6:49pm
3 pictures from my Tehachapi adventure earlier this month. Even though BNSF trains outnumber UP almost 4 to 1 during daylight hours, I found that at night was when UP ran most of their trains, outnumbering BNSF trains almost 2 to 1 during the dark hours!
 
 
 

 
Early on a Saturday morning, just after sunrise, the southbound Brooklyn meets a BNSF Z at the loop. Here is the over/under shot.
 

 
Another over/under of sorts, a UP lumber drag from Calzehpyr's neck of the woods awaits a BNSF vehicle train.
 

 
The Seattle heads through Caliente with an SD9043MAC in the consist. I got sick of seeing those in Kansas, now they're a nice treat.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 17th, 2009, 11:47pm
Today the 844 came over Donner and the light was great for the event.  
The temperature was about 75 degrees and it does not get any better than this day for railroading in my book.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 20th, 2009, 5:11pm

 
 
They have to back around the curve to get on the main so we got a run by into Roseville again today as they were leaving.  

 
 
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 27th, 2009, 1:48pm
Norden,  California  
 
Don't let the sunny day fool you!  This was on Thanksgiving day 2007 and the temperature was about 28F degrees with a very cold wind blowing.
 
 

 
 
Posted by: shekky Posted on: May 30th, 2009, 2:08am
my contribution...two UP freights meet in colfax, ca near the end of the 2009 snow season.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2009, 9:08pm
on May 30th, 2009, 2:08am, shekky wrote:       (Click here for original message)
my contribution...two UP freights meet in colfax, ca near the end of the 2009 snow season.

 
Nice cold looking picture.    
I shoot up there fairly often.  
CZ
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 12th, 2009, 6:03pm
Heres my contribution UP 1983, 1996, and 1995 on the KG1LA-09. This picture was taken at Blue Cut.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 13th, 2009, 1:53pm
on Aug 12th, 2009, 6:03pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Heres my contribution UP 1983, 1996, and 1995 on the KG1LA-09. This picture was taken at Blue Cut.

 
Very Nice and what a subject.  Three Heritages units on the lead on Cajon pass in California.    
 
 
 
This is the best we had in Roseville up to now.   Two of a kind with the 8444 trailing.  
 
 

 
 
This picture has three Heritage units in it and one is an original Heritage.  
 

 
 
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 17th, 2009, 3:14pm
Nice set of images CZ, like the one of 844, 1996, and 1983 great job. This picture is for those who like Amtrak, sorta...
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 17th, 2009, 3:56pm
Here is a picture of 844 warming up in the morning be4 it heads for Oakland, its next display point.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 17th, 2009, 3:59pm
UP 844 on display at Roseville on Saturday April 18th
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 17th, 2009, 4:02pm
UP 844 at James in the FRC. The day the 844 runs through FRC it rains ... o well thats the way it goes sometimes.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 17th, 2009, 4:05pm
Here's a shot of the 844 crossing the Keddie Wye.  
 
Posted by: Pennsy Posted on: Aug 17th, 2009, 4:11pm
Per another thread; # 844 has controls to operate the following diesel engines. The Engineer of the 844 controls all of the engines.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 18th, 2009, 12:38pm
UP 5343 rounding the curves west of Lugo
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 18th, 2009, 12:40pm
UP 1983, 1996, and 1995 lead the KG1LA into Blue Cut. On this run UP 2002 was one of the mid DPUs making it the most colorful KG1LA to date.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 10:09am
on Aug 18th, 2009, 12:40pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
UP 1983, 1996, and 1995 lead the KG1LA into Blue Cut. On this run UP 2002 was one of the mid DPUs making it the most colorful KG1LA to date.

 
It is a great day when you catch a trio of Heritage units on Cajon!
Good picture.  
 
CZ
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 2:00pm
Caught UP 1996 heading soth (3rd back   )  on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 at Bealville just after sunrise.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 2:02pm
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 crossing the well know bridge at Rowen, CA just noeth/west of Kenee.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 2:04pm
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 at Monolith now racing towards LA
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 2:05pm
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 north of Mojave, CA passing under the classic SP style signal bridge.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 2:07pm
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 up close.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 2:08pm
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 passing through Lancaster, CA at the ens of the chase.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 2:10pm
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 passing through Lancaster, CA at the end of the chase.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 4:36pm
on Aug 19th, 2009, 2:10pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 passing through Lancaster, CA at the end of the chase.

 
Nice picture in Lancaster, my old home town about five years ago.  
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 19th, 2009, 6:18pm
on Aug 19th, 2009, 2:07pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Caught UP 1996 heading south on the ZBRLC-17. Here is 1996 up close.

 
Good to see the Heritage unit back on the LA to Portland run  
 
1996 looks good even if it is trailing.  
 
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2009, 3:36pm
Nice shots of 1996 on the point! It doen't lead to much down here, the first time I saw it back in 2007 it was leading.
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2009, 3:42pm
Here's a shot of UP 5343 rounding the curves west of Lugo in the Cajon pass
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2009, 3:53pm
Here's a few of the RBBB circus train on Tehachapi- Rounding the loop
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2009, 3:54pm
Here's a few of the RBBB circus train on Tehachapi- Rounding the loop
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2009, 3:55pm
Here's a few of the RBBB circus train on Tehachapi- North Mojave
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2009, 3:56pm
Here's a few of the RBBB circus train on Tehachapi- Ansel (Rosemond)
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 28th, 2009, 10:22pm
on Aug 28th, 2009, 3:55pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's a few of the RBBB circus train on Tehachapi- North Mojave

 
That is a good picture of the circus train under the signal towers north of Mojave.  
 
CZ
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Sep 10th, 2009, 3:33pm
Sorry a little late, but I just returned home from my trip. I caught a few interesting trains (not in the best of weather and light conditions) that I would like to share.. The bonus was the MP 1982..
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Sep 10th, 2009, 3:34pm
ex CNW with an ex SP (see 2nd photo for SP)
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Sep 10th, 2009, 3:34pm
ex SP
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Sep 10th, 2009, 3:36pm
And although not from Rochelle, but from the musuem in Missouri.. thought it would be neat to post..
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Sep 14th, 2009, 12:34pm
on Sep 10th, 2009, 3:36pm, SR4501 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
And although not from Rochelle, but from the musuem in Missouri.. thought it would be neat to post..

 
 
That looks to be the one which was a Cheyenne about twenty years ago.  
CZ
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Sep 14th, 2009, 2:00pm
on Sep 14th, 2009, 12:34pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
That looks to be the one which was a Cheyenne about twenty years ago.  
CZ

 
If it was.. Would this help...
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Sep 14th, 2009, 2:08pm
on Sep 14th, 2009, 2:00pm, SR4501 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
If it was.. Would this help...

 
I will have to look at some of my older pictures but it probably is that one that was stored in the Cheyenne round house until the donation.  It was used at Green River and that would be logical for the unit to be stored with the other retired equipment at Cheyenn.  
Thanks
CZ
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Sep 30th, 2009, 6:43pm

The antenna above the engineer's cab roof transmits video back to the officials on the Engineering train that toured the tunnel work.  
 

Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Oct 9th, 2009, 2:33pm
This is today's westbound Z train being headed up by one of the SD90/43Mac EMD diesels.  This unit is about 14 years old and holding down a hot train.
 

 
And a few weeks ago, the 1996 was leading the Northbound Z at Roseville, CA.  
 

Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2009, 3:38pm
Great shots CZ, here's a Happy Holidays shot of 1996 & 1995 on the Yuma Sub.  
 
Merry Christmas!!!
 
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Cajon_92
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Dec 24th, 2009, 3:43pm
Here's one more shot of the 1996, 1995 duo entering UP's West Colton yard as seen from Pepper Ave.
 
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Cajon_92
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Dec 30th, 2009, 1:10pm
on Dec 24th, 2009, 3:43pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's one more shot of the 1996, 1995 duo entering UP's West Colton yard as seen from Pepper Ave.
 
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Cajon_92

 
Very nice Picture and the 96 is clean!!!!
CZ
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Jan 13th, 2010, 6:59pm
Evev though the SP was bought up by the UP almost 14 years ago (Sept.) you can still find ols SP units out and about, case in point is UP 6362 sitting at Fleta with a Coal train bound for Trona, CA.
 
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Cajon_92
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jan 17th, 2010, 1:27pm
on Jan 13th, 2010, 6:59pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Evev though the SP was bought up by the UP almost 14 years ago (Sept.) you can still find ols SP units out and about, case in point is UP 6362 sitting at Fleta with a Coal train bound for Trona, CA.
 
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Cajon_92
 

 
Great picture of an old horse.   The dark red has turned to pink over the last 14 years and it is amazing that these units have not been rebuilt.  
This one did get renumber and patched, but it is still great to see it.  
 
 I read recently a post on Trainorders that listed the last 12 units that remain unpatched this month out of the amost 300 total AC4400's that were purchased by the Southern Pacific.  
CZ
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Jan 20th, 2010, 7:13pm
on Jan 17th, 2010, 1:27pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Great picture of an old horse.   The dark red has turned to pink over the last 14 years and it is amazing that these units have not been rebuilt.  
This one did get renumber and patched, but it is still great to see it.  
 
 I read recently a post on Trainorders that listed the last 12 units that remain unpatched this month out of the amost 300 total AC4400's that were purchased by the Southern Pacific.  
CZ

 
Thanks CZ,
 
It is amazing that so many are left in their true colors, there are also a few still running around unpatched (like you said), in both SP and SSW. Here is SSW 9669 (GP60) in Roseville, CA back in April 2009, sitting next to another SP classic Rotary 209.  
 
Cajon_92
 

Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Jan 20th, 2010, 7:16pm

Here are a few pictures of UP 1982 on the point of the KG2LB-26 in Beaumont, CA.  
 
Cajon
 

 
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Jan 20th, 2010, 7:20pm
3 of a kind... no not poker, but 3 SD9043MACs on the point of the AOASP-25 at Cameron, CA.
 
Cajon
 
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Jan 22nd, 2010, 10:01pm
Here's a new upload: UP 5481 leading an eastbound manifest (MRVWC) past Ansel and towards Rosemond, CA. Soon 5481 will drop down into the desert and the eventually swing to the east and head for the Cajon pass and West Colton. Behind 5481 is recently rebuild SD70M 4828.
 
Cajon
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Feb 1st, 2010, 12:07pm
on Jan 20th, 2010, 7:20pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
3 of a kind... no not poker, but 3 SD9043MACs on the point of the AOASP-25 at Cameron, CA.
 
Cajon
 

 
Those SD90/43Mac's sure make a nice picture!
 
CZ
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Feb 11th, 2010, 1:34am
UP 1996 made it's first run over Tehachapi in 2010 a few weeks back on the ILBOA-02. It was running second behind a very dirty UP 4852   It was still a great day for pictures.
 
Cajon
 
Ansel-

 
Woodford-

 
Passing through downtown Caliente-
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 14th, 2010, 12:52pm
The UP/WP 1983 westbound at Newcastle.  
 

 
Weimar Crossing
 

Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Apr 17th, 2010, 10:12am
Great shots of 1983 up on Donner CZ, nice catch.
 
Here are a few shots of UP 1989 on the point of the MWCFR 29 from a few weeks ago.
 
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Cajon
 
Just below Cameron-

 
Passing through downtown Tehachapi-
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 18th, 2010, 5:11pm
Nice, wish they would work their way over to Arkansas
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 19th, 2010, 4:31pm
on Apr 17th, 2010, 10:12am, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great shots of 1983 up on Donner CZ, nice catch.
 
Here are a few shots of UP 1989 on the point of the MWCFR 29 from a few weeks ago.
 
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Cajon
 
Just below Cameron-

 
Passing through downtown Tehachapi-

 
Great pictures of a rare to California Heritage unit and the one at Cameron with the wind turbines in the background says it all.  I wonder how long the old SP signals will last in Tehachapi in that second picture.  The 1989 is so clean it looks like it is almost new, unlike some of the other Heritage units lately.  Even the plow was spotless.
CZ
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2010, 8:13pm
Here's a heritage unit... hahaha. Interesting slug, anyway. Searcy, AR
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 19th, 2010, 8:22pm
Odd choice for a mate... Searcy, AR.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 20th, 2010, 12:15am
on Apr 19th, 2010, 8:22pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Odd choice for a mate... Searcy, AR.

 
That unit is interesting indeed.  I wonder where the weight is since it is only used as a slug to the switcher.   Does anyone know if the engine was left in the unit for weight??
CZ
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 21st, 2010, 8:25pm
The odd part is that it is nowhere near a yard, it based on a dead end mile-long industrial track with no grade and only 4 small customers, nothing else around for miles. I would think at the most the consist would be 10 cars. I would think one GP 35 would easily handle it.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 22nd, 2010, 12:12am
This is how my Union Pacific day went.  I took vacation time to get the 2002 on its first trip west after the rebuilding process at the Jenks shops.  It made it to Reno and some failure caused the UP to add a GE in front for the rest of the trip.  
 
The 2002 was almost as clean as the picture I took of it and the 2001 on the official Olympic train back in 2001.    Too bad it was leading when it got to Dutch Flat today.  
   
I needed a yellow GE filter for my lens today but left it at home.  
Sorry, just could not help myself.  
 
 

Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: May 11th, 2010, 11:11pm
Dark out, and only had the cell phone, but happened to catch a road local. Kensett AR, three GP60's setting out 1+4
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: May 11th, 2010, 11:40pm
The slug must have gone in for service... on point shoving into the hole
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: May 11th, 2010, 11:54pm
GATX 2625 sits on the Kensett spur awaiting the setout
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 13th, 2010, 9:21pm
The 1982 leads a stack train at Colfax CA.  
 
 

 
 

Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: May 14th, 2010, 8:49pm
Speaking of melting...
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 30th, 2010, 4:01pm
on May 14th, 2010, 8:49pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Speaking of melting...

 
That happens with decals.  I noticed a lot of that of the units that have been out there on the road for several years.  
 
Roseville California had two Heritage units yesterday leading trains.  
 
 
1996 on Business Train at Roseville
 

 
1982 Late Evening in Roseville
 

 
Wind tubine blade train near Watt Ave, Sacramento CA.
 
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: May 30th, 2010, 7:45pm
Here's the only mainline UP action I've seen thus far in southeastern PA; though I admit to not getting around the mainlines as often as I should.
 
I caught this intermodal stacker going westbound on NS' Pittsburgh Line just out of Lewistown Yard on 5/1/2010.  UP 9721 & 4538 behind NS 7717.
 

 
Enjoy.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Jun 4th, 2010, 8:31pm
DPU on a coal drag in Cahokia, IL
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jun 14th, 2010, 4:23pm
on May 30th, 2010, 7:45pm, GP30_5513 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's the only mainline UP action I've seen thus far in southeastern PA; though I admit to not getting around the mainlines as often as I should.
 
I caught this intermodal stacker going westbound on NS' Pittsburgh Line just out of Lewistown Yard on 5/1/2010.  UP 9721 & 4538 behind NS 7717.
 

 
Enjoy.

 
Nice picture of the 7717 and UP companions.  
 
This is the 951, a real Heritage unit at Portola on June 8th.  
 
 

 
This is the Museum train on its way to Dunsmuir via Roseville.  
 

 
 
Posted by: Cajon_92 Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2010, 3:10pm
Here are a few shots of UP trains I took recently-
 
http://s866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/Cajon_92/
 
Cajon
 
Wellton, AZ- UP 1996 & the SBSPT 27:

 
Rowen, CA- UP 4601 & the MWCFR 24:  

 
Alray, CA- UP 4355 & the SMEPZ 18:

 
Kelso, CA- UP 3820 & the SLVPX 21:
Posted by: PRR5503 Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2010, 8:59pm
on May 30th, 2010, 7:45pm, GP30_5513 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
... the only mainline UP action I've seen thus far in southeastern PA...

 
two months ago, I was in Lakeland, Fl., when I saw 3 UP 'flag' units pulling a train Northbound towards Dade City & Zephyrhills ~ didn't have my camera with me, but that was something I'd never seen before, either here, or in SW Taxylvania, my home until 2006
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jun 24th, 2010, 1:13pm
on Jun 23rd, 2010, 3:10pm, Cajon_92 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here are a few shots of UP trains I took recently-
 
http://s866.photobucket.com/albums/ab230/Cajon_92/
 
Cajon
 
Wellton, AZ- UP 1996 & the SBSPT 27:

 
Rowen, CA- UP 4601 & the MWCFR 24:  

 
Alray, CA- UP 4355 & the SMEPZ 18:

 
Kelso, CA- UP 3820 & the SLVPX 21:

 
 
Very nice pictures.  Good catch on the circus train and the 1996.  
 
CZ
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jun 30th, 2010, 11:54am
The NS 8343 is leading a Pipe Train at Roseville on 6/30/2010.
 
The Dash 8 is an ex Conrail diesel and Dash 8's are extremely rare today in California.
 

Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 24th, 2010, 7:07pm
One of the few shots I have with the arch as a backdrop, mostly because you have to traverse through the ghetto to get set up.
 
The camera I carry when at work has hardly any zoom capability, so this is the best I could get. Just down the road, I witnessed a drug deal go down, and up at the TRRA, some crackhead was trying to take my camera!!!
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 24th, 2010, 7:27pm
Of course, the sun was at a good angle for westbound traffic and I get eastbounds. Oh well. UP4967 in Granite City, alongside NS and KCS right of ways.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 26th, 2010, 3:26pm
on Aug 24th, 2010, 7:27pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Of course, the sun was at a good angle for westbound traffic and I get eastbounds. Oh well. UP4967 in Granite City, alongside NS and KCS right of ways.

 
Sad you cannot get the pictures in that area without being in danger.  Take care for sure,  Thanks for sharing them with us.  
 
i had a good weekend seeing two of the Heritage units both on Stack trains eastbound to Chicago and the Portola Feather River Express on the UP tracks..  
 
Auburn CA UP 1996
 

 
Dutch Flat CA  1983 late evening light   Here you watch for bears!
 

Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Sep 6th, 2010, 8:47pm
Two EMD's on a stack train heading north out of the TRRA yard
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 1st, 2010, 8:37pm
This thread has been quiet, time to kick it into gear.
 
UP 900081, the heaviest rotary plow ever built, sporting a 12 ft blade. This beast is retired and sits at the St Louis Museum of Transportation, along with an awesome collection of equipment ranging from little Whitcomb's to a UP Big Boy and Centennial. Definitely worth checking out if in the area.
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 1st, 2010, 10:20pm
on Oct 1st, 2010, 8:37pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This thread has been quiet, time to kick it into gear.
 
UP 900081, the heaviest rotary plow ever built, sporting a 12 ft blade. This beast is retired and sits at the St Louis Museum of Transportation, along with an awesome collection of equipment ranging from little Whitcomb's to a UP Big Boy and Centennial. Definitely worth checking out if in the area.

 
Yes it is. Cool Picture.. I posted similar picture last year (post #217) Here is the plaque that describes the plow!
 
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2010, 8:58pm
You're right, guess I didn't see it. Definitely a neat piece of equipment. Only a few are still around, and it was one of my primary reasons for visiting the museum, to get some detail shots.
 
Here's another one, a Centennial engine.
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2010, 9:48pm
on Oct 2nd, 2010, 8:58pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
You're right, guess I didn't see it. Definitely a neat piece of equipment. Only a few are still around, and it was one of my primary reasons for visiting the museum, to get some detail shots.
 
Here's another one, a Centennial engine.

 
Awessome!  I call your shot....  
 
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2010, 9:51pm
And raise you a Big Boy!!  
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2010, 10:09pm
And call a UP Turbine taken at the Illinois Railway Musuem! in 2009  
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Oct 8th, 2010, 10:32pm
Y'all are too rich for my blood... but I will throw in one of Uncle Pete's EMDs that wandered into upstate NY last month:
 

 
Photo taken by me Friday 9/17/2010 in Cheektowaga, NY. The location is Norfolk Southern's Bison Yard, an ex-EL facility.
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Oct 22nd, 2010, 5:26pm
UP #5283 at Rochelle, IL
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 24th, 2010, 5:14pm
Ex SP anyone..  
 
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 24th, 2010, 5:16pm
How about a mid-train DPU?
 
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Oct 24th, 2010, 5:20pm
Better yet....  who said you can't run switcher's with Big EMD units??  
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 8th, 2011, 1:59pm
slug working the hump in Houston, TX.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Mar 13th, 2011, 7:48pm
9752, one of a few remaining SP units yet to be patched in Armour Yellow. The conductor side battery box had been replaced with a yellow one, the reason I was on the wrong side of the sun for this shot. Port Arthur local, Beaumont TX.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Mar 13th, 2011, 7:51pm
UP power in the Port of Beaumont's interchange yard, overlooking the KCS lift bridge.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: May 8th, 2011, 10:36pm
U.P. northbound over the Little Red River on the Hoxie Sub between St Louis and Little Rock.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Feb 18th, 2012, 12:08pm
on May 8th, 2011, 10:36pm, Lfire83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
U.P. northbound over the Little Red River on the Hoxie Sub between St Louis and Little Rock.

 
Nice.   I like that area.  
 
This is a stack train eastbound at Soda Springs with some interesting DPU Power.   2/16/2012
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Mar 13th, 2012, 11:20am

Union Pacific SD59MX models used for Redding local train out of Roseville.  These units have the 3200HP version of the 710 motor and the units are rebuilt with the flaired radiator, crash resistance fuel tank and new 710 motor with computer controls.   Nice looking units.  
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 9th, 2012, 9:02pm

The 1983 on a Z train to Lathrop California recently, taken at Weiman CA.  
 

 
Loomis CA.  
Posted by: GVrooman Posted on: Sep 6th, 2012, 3:09am
There are a lot of nice looking pictures in this thread. You don't often see UP power in Chenango Forks, NY, but I remember about seven years ago one of the 2002 Winter Olympics torch relay locomotives ended up leading a consist on the NYS&W. It looks like they were traveling light.
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Sep 24th, 2012, 8:44pm
Posting in correct thread.
 
Once in a Lifetime? From left to right: 2010 (100 years of Scouting), 7400 (Pink Ribbon), all six heritage units, a normal UP SD70ACe, and 7964 (5000th GEVO). Was part of UP preparing for Railfest in North Platte this year.  
 
Sorry for large image, but it's the only way to see everything:
 

Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Sep 26th, 2012, 9:34pm
Since UP power is pretty rare her in Fargo, I offer you this shot.  It's been doctored to lighten it up-since the sun was still rising and had not gotten around yet to provide proper lighting!  Shot this morning about 7:50 am:
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Oct 3rd, 2012, 1:35am
on Sep 24th, 2012, 8:44pm, Espee9180 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Posting in correct thread.
 
Once in a Lifetime? From left to right: 2010 (100 years of Scouting), 7400 (Pink Ribbon), all six heritage units, a normal UP SD70ACe, and 7964 (5000th GEVO). Was part of UP preparing for Railfest in North Platte this year.  
 
Sorry for large image, but it's the only way to see everything:

 
Video from that day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfyBYr36uo&hd=1
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Aug 21st, 2013, 9:42pm
How about something new? UP #8110, a C45AH, ready to ship out of Erie, PA on 8/15/13. So where will this get on UP rails?
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2013, 11:02pm
on Aug 21st, 2013, 9:42pm, CHESSIEMIKE wrote:       (Click here for original message)
So where will this get on UP rails?

 
 
CSX to Chicago and onto UP rails is my guess.
 
To keep with the theme, here's ex. CNW 8828 now UP 6730 on a empty Westbound coal train going back to the Powder River Basin. Captured with my phone while going at least 45mph. Result: Good.
Posted by: reesman9 Posted on: Apr 30th, 2014, 2:29pm
Here is a shoot that i got with quad-copter,  this is coming out of the Container yard in SW Portland OR on April 27 2014.
 
here is the video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aKHZ6O2NQ8
 

 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jan 2nd, 2015, 8:34pm
Former Uncle Pete unit spotted on NS nearly 2 week ago:
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 12/27/2014 in Gang Mills, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jun 15th, 2015, 7:40pm
A pair of UP units deep in NS territory:  
 

 
 
 

 
Both photos were taken by me Friday 5/22/2015 in Bellevue, OH.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2016, 12:44am
Northbound UP intermodal in downtown Fresno, CA
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2016, 12:45am
Northbound empty rail train in SPMW paint departing the UP Fresno yard
Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: Feb 24th, 2016, 2:15am
Should be seeing dirtwork for the Calif HSR along here very soon.  Piers for Fresno River bridge well under way.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Feb 24th, 2016, 9:04pm
There's little patches of progress here and there. The route they chose baffles me, instead of following the rather wide UPRR R.O.W. it looks like a 5 year old took a crayon, scribbled over a map, and a civil engineer gave the thumbs up. Are you out this way on that project?
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2017, 11:21pm
I haven't ventured out trackside in quite some time, and I made it a point to get out last Saturday for a bit. After sitting at Calwa interlocking and seeing several BNSF trains pass through, a UP mixed freight came through north with the WP heritage unit on, and I thought it would be interesting to chase it north, something I've never done on in my few years here.  
 
Seen here passing through Calwa interlocking, I hadn't planned on pulling out the camera that day, but heritage units are few and far between here.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2017, 11:29pm
While I had intended on getting a shot of this train through downtown Fresno, high speed rail construction made it less than appealing, even with a SJVR local coming out behind it at Ventura St. I headed farther north and found a decent spot off Hwy 99 to catch it. It's quite common for motive power here in the valley to be filthy from service over Donner Pass or Tehachapi.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2017, 11:30pm
dirty from service through tunnel districts.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2017, 11:33pm
DPU power on the heritage unit mixed freight. Faded Armour Yellow vs new
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2017, 11:37pm
The heritage unit mixed freight highballing a southbound mixed freight. This was the farthest I would chase this train, as when I was going north on Hwy 99 I saw the Madera local passing over the highway on an industrial lead light engine and figured it would be heading back to Fresno soon.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 25th, 2017, 11:39pm
The southbound mixed freight all out on the main, headed for Fresno.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2017, 11:25pm
Next up, a northbound unit grain train.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Aug 28th, 2017, 11:26pm
Unit grain train taking the siding to let three southbounds by while it re-crewed.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2017, 2:57pm
I've always enjoyed unit grain trains, there's always a good mix of heritage cars. A non patched / tagged CNW car is getting hard to find anymore, especially in California. Any car left sitting more than a minute gets the west coast Krylon bath.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2017, 2:59pm
A very faded Mopac car in the mix.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2017, 3:04pm
After the northbound grain train cleared the south siding switch, 3 EMD's lead the southbound toward Fresno, with 2 more trains stacked up behind it.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2017, 3:06pm
Right behind are two GE's bringing an intermodal train south.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Sep 3rd, 2017, 3:12pm
And concluding the chase for the day, the Madera local heads back to Fresno light engine. The Madera Industrial Lead is fairly sizable with a dozen customers and a three track yard, receiving daily service.