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An afternoon of train watching on the Union Pacific's Martinez (CA) Sub

 
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Jun 28, 2010 20:08 |  #1

I got off work early so I went to my one of my favorite trainwatching spots to see what would come by. Ideally these would be better if I could shoot from the other side of the tracks, but that would be trespassing.

UP GP38-2 doing the afternoon switching. Martinez sits in the midst of several large oil refineries.

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Putting sand to the rails for traction as the engineer puts the coals to it to push a long string of tank cars.
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Capitol Corridor commuter easing into the Martinez Amtrak depot.
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The west bound Zephyr makes an appearance as it heads toward it's final destination of Oakland. The train originates in Chicago.
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Union Pacific GE C45AC-CTE leading a container train toward the Port of Oakland
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I guess Hobo's don't have too many box cars to ride in anymore.
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Bringing up the rear of the container train is a GE ES44AC. It is an unmanned helper unit.
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The local swithcer looking the other direction (and right into the sun), long hood foward, the Geep is pulling a string of cars back to clear a switch.
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Jun 29, 2010 05:23 |  #2

Nice way to spend the day....great catch of the guy hitching a ride.


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Jun 29, 2010 08:10 |  #3

These look good!


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Jun 29, 2010 13:55 |  #4

AHHHH so you are a "foamer"

at least thats what they called them


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Jun 29, 2010 19:42 |  #5

[QUOTE=sigma pi;10448435]AHHHH so you are a "foamer"

Guilty I guess. :cool: I guess you could say it's payback for all the years I spent crewing Air Force cargo planes and having my picture taken several thousand times (especially at, but not limited to, RAF Mildenhall) by complete strangers!

Actually, until I got severely injured, I planned on working for the railroad when I retired from the Air Force, and even had a first interview lined up. Since I can't do physical work like that any longer, I try as often as I can to get close to the tracks (legally) and snap some photos. I've never gotten over my childhood love of trains. I still like taking pictures of planes too, it's just harder to get good viewing spots from where I live these days.


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Jun 29, 2010 20:27 |  #6

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AHHHH so you are a "foamer"

Guilty I guess. :cool: I guess you could say it's payback for all the years I spent crewing Air Force cargo planes and having my picture taken several thousand times (especially at, but not limited to, RAF Mildenhall) by complete strangers!

Actually, until I got severely injured, I planned on working for the railroad when I retired from the Air Force, and even had a first interview lined up. Since I can't do physical work like that any longer, I try as often as I can to get close to the tracks (legally) and snap some photos. I've never gotten over my childhood love of trains. I still like taking pictures of planes too, it's just harder to get good viewing spots from where I live these days.

I use to work in a hobby shop, and they would say they were foaming at the mouth to see trains. Some of the guys that came in would go see trains for their vacation :lol:

Now a days I couldnt tell the difference between a dash 9 or an SD40 :lol:


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