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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 November 2015 at 15:36

NS 205 @ Port Dickinson, NY by Mathieu Tremblay, on Flickr

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2015 at 08:23
I took these photos about 30 yrs ago at the Feather River RailRoad museum, which is now the Western Pacific RailRoad Museum. At Portola California USA. The now defunct Western Pacific RailRoad went on the Feather River route. Which was crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains via the the Feather River Canyon. Almost the lowest crossing of the Sierra's. It was also the most winding route, following the Feather River itself.

The Western Pacific's most famous train was "The California Zephyr". I suggest a visit to the museum's site. It's probably the most interesting rail museum you never heard of.

________No I have no connection w the museum in fact I haven't been there in 30 yrs. The only connection are these photos. They must have been taken at the start of the museum. I've been a rail and camera nut a long time
These photos were either taken w my Minolta SRT 101 58mm f:1.2 or my Minolta x-570 58mm f:1.4






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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 November 2015 at 01:43
Purely by chance I had my camera with me when I spied this UP Southern Pacific Heritage Unit crossing the 17th south grade near Salt Lake City on its way to the Roper Yards.
This is a rare sighting of the Southern Pacific Locomotive Heritage colors. Once upon-a-time Southern Pacific colors were common in SLC.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 November 2015 at 03:34

CN 368 @ Les Cedres, QC by Mathieu Tremblay, on Flickr

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2015 at 15:45
Great shot, Mathieu! Very nice composition. Like the compression @ 120mm.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2015 at 12:59
Thanks, Kelly! I cannot complain about the performance of my 70-300G for sure.


CN 369 @ Riviere-a-Pierre, QC by Mathieu Tremblay, on Flickr

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2015 at 14:30
Wow, another Beauty, Mathieu! You certainly are not lacking for excellent locations to photograph Trains there in NY! I'm seeing a lot of variety in your photos. This one in in Candada? Again, very nicely composed and balanced. 50mm is one of my favorite focal lengths, rendering a very natural look.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2015 at 09:23
Originally posted by AudioDoc AudioDoc wrote:

Purely by chance I had my camera with me when I spied this UP Southern Pacific Heritage Unit crossing the 17th south grade near Salt Lake City on its way to the Roper Yards.
This is a rare sighting of the Southern Pacific Locomotive Heritage colors. Once upon-a-time Southern Pacific colors were common in SLC.


Sony a99, Sigma 35mm f1.4 A, 1/500 f8 ISO 160


That heritage is a real beauty. Thanks for the pic.I've never seen that color down here in the land SP built. I've only seen that non-distinct grey w non-distinct red. I guess that color scheme is a variation of the "Coast" Daylight.
I wonder if that is a DDA40X size engine. It sure looks big enough. I wonder if thats the only unit painted. That Western Pacific museum has a DDA40X billed as the largest diesel locomotive ever built. I'm going to have to go back to that museum and take as many pics of it as I can.
I got pics of the largest steam locomotive ever built. The Big Boy, now I'm going to have to get pics of the largest diesel. The museum no one ever heard of actually has 40 engines.
I'm going to have to find out whatever happened to those Alaska units w their snow plows
Most of us are probably obsessive compulsives
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2015 at 10:01
CAN ANYONE SOLVE THIS MYSTERY

I took these following photos in 1989 around Flagstaff Arizona. They are one of the strangest things and beautiful things I have seen.
Does anyone know the story behind them? Like why are they there? Where did they come from? Are they just a Ghost train? I took these photos and I have no idea. At the time I didn't have time to look into it, but still curious. I really like those locos
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Here's the Ghost part



The photos are 35mm film recently digitized     taken w my Minolta SRT 101 58mm f:1.2 or my x570 58mm f:1.4

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2015 at 12:29
Joseph,

I don't know the story, but the locomotives were obviously retired many years ago and have been canalized for parts. I can't make out road markings -- perhaps they belonged to a logging or mining company or the ATSF RR. I see a couple passenger coaches. Was this near Williams? Perhaps these belong to the Grand Canyon RR? These are 2-8-0 Consolidation type locomotives once common on main line railroads and later with short lines. Maybe someone from that area will have a better idea.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2015 at 12:49
Joseph,

Thanks for you comments on my photo. That is actually a EMD SD-70ACe. Its not as long as it looks -- wide angle lenses tend to stretch things out like that. You are correct the colors are more like the Daylight than the standard SP colors. As for the Big Boy, 4014 pasted through Salt Lake Last year on its way to Cheyenne from LA for a complete restoration. I posted photos from from the visit here and from the Cheyenne Steam Shops, FYI. I'd like to visit that Western Pacific Museum some day.From your photos it looks like they have a number of Alaska Railroads locomotives. I assume they have Western Pacific stock as well? As I remember, the WP pulled the Zepher form Salt Lake to Oakland.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2015 at 20:07
Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

CAN ANYONE SOLVE THIS MYSTERY


Of course - that is the tail track of the Grand Canyon Railway's wye in Williams, AZ. I assume the two steamers were either retired locos or parts source for their operational ones. They still have some of the yellow ballast hoppers for maintenance of way (MOW) service.

-> https://goo.gl/maps/pFXeoJE1aYs

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 November 2015 at 01:20
Hello; I finally found your Big Boy Posts @ 7 pg 9. Are they the ones you were talking about? They are from june, was that when you were there? I was in Cheyenne this sept. I went to see 4014 in the shop. I got there sunday, it wasn't open, but found out there was a magnificent Big Boy just sitting in the middle of a park free for anyone to see.
It was an awesome sight. Made my trip by a100% Kelly did you get to see 4004?



I partially did a rail road museum tour of the west this sept. My eventual goal was to see a Big Boy in person. I started on Hwy 50 at the California state RR museum in Sacratomato, then went to Carson City Nevada, Lake Tahoe, to the Nevada state RR museum. Crossed Nevada Great Basin desert continuing on 50 to Ely Nevada. (That in itself is an amazing thing} The Northern Nevada RR museum.

Stayed on Hwy 50 as long as I could, almost to Green River Ut. Saw some of the most spectacular country.
Kelly I see your love for the land in your pics. The yellow UP's coming out of the red canyons w the blue sky, is as beautiful and powerful as it gets. For someone like me who lives around Yosemite, lake Tahoe, Pebble beach and such. It is breathtaking



Went to Denver to the Forney museum the only place I knew was a Big Boy. It was my only disappointment, not that big. Thats it along side the back wall, very constrained hard to view, impossible to photograph. After seeing how free and open 4004 was I felt sorry for old Big Boy 4005. It had been in a roll over deadly accident where it side was ripped open, you can see the repairs, now it was packed like a sardine.
At least it isn't scape metal!



Cheyenne was great, even being a UP hub was interesting. Went up to Mt Rushmore and a lot of other things. Found great museums I had never heard of



have tons of photos from all these places
I would have loved to seen 4014 on the rails in motion. Love your photos, love the land, love the trains. Thanks for your photos, thanks for this forum, Thanks to Dyxum
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 November 2015 at 03:19
Hi Joseph,

Thanks for posting your photos. Looks like you had a nice adventure to Cheyenne and beyond! No, I was there in May, that is when Cheyenne hosts "Depot Days". Cheyenne Depot Days 2016
Festivities begin at the Cheyenne Depot/Museum and ticket holders are bused over to the UP Steam Shops for a tour of the shops. UP 844 and 4014 were both torn down for restoration and boiler rectification. 844 should be back under steam by the end of 2015. 4014 will be in the shops for a couple more years. The challenger was stored over in the roundhouse. I was told it is lower priority at the moment until 4014 is completed.

Yes, I did visit 4004 over in the nearby park. Seems odd doesn't it that they hauled 4014 all the way from California when 4004 was right there in Cheyenne. I believe UP felt 4014 was in much better condition than 4004 and would need less work. I posted photos in my Window to Wyoming album here: Wyoming You can find it also in forum Open Views.

Did you make it into Green River? The Landscape and rail yards are a must see for railroad fans as is Laramie and Sherman Hill. There are many track side spots across Wyoming for great train watching You'll see some 70 + trains a day pass through Green River and Laramie.

I see Mathieu has correctly identified your Ghost Train as located near Williams AZ. There are no spare parts for those old steam locomotives so you either have to make them in your shops or strip them from retired engines.

Regards,

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