I went out to shoot birds last Sunday, but had no luck. But then as I was leaving the park, I heard a train whistle and went to investigate....
20130413-_MG_8874 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
Holy Cow! 8 engines on this thing! Auto-racks don't weigh that much, so I am sure they were re positioning some power, but it was still quite a sight. Judging from the exhaust, it looks like only the first two were doing any pulling
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20130413-_MG_8887 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
If the traffic lights cooperated, I figured I could make it to the next siding in Hercules, about 9 miles away...Luckily I had green all the way
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20130413-_MG_8913 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
It was going slow enough through the siding, I went ahead into Franklin Canyon, just past a golf course, where I know this little private grade crossing. This was a grab out the window from an on ramp
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I soon found out why the train was going so slow, as it was going to hold in the siding for a westbound UPS "Z" train IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com …/35175693@N07/8654334066/
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It didn't take long to clear the siding though, and soon, the auto train could be heard, than seen
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20130413-_MG_8968 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
Since I had all the time in the world, I decided to make a dash over to Martinez to try and catch it on the Muir Trestle, which is named for the John Muir house, a national landmark, just about 500 feet from this bridge. Luck was with me!
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20130413-_MG_8988 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
So a bust morning for birds, turned into a pretty cool train shooting opportunity. Just goes to show why I always bring a variety of gear when I head out for pictures. Thanks for looking!
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20130413-_MG_9010 by lennycarl08, on Flickr