We’re on our way to Omaha, on I-80, George is paying for the gas, but its my car and I’m driving, so we stopped at Hanna. Its hot, but sleepy pleasant at trackside. I photograph my surroundings as I wait. Repeated glances, east and west are finally rewarded with headlights – an eastbound. I’m using my 300 mm zoom lens and I reach out and start shooting, before you know it, I’m getting the last “going away” shot. The glancing resumes. Another eastbound comes around the curve. Again, the long lens reaches out and ——– , its a blue front! Closer and I see the distinctive nose of an Amtrak locomotive. Again, before you know it, I’m getting the “going away” shots. Surprise! A westbound is making its demand it be photographed too. Somewhere in the resulting long lens frenzy, I realize the lead locomotive is the WP heritage unit. After the shooting ends with the last “going away” shot of the “WP” train,”sleepy pleasant” threatens to take hold of me. Its over and its time to go.
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I stopped at Medicine Bow, Wyoming to give George a look at the depot. We were on our way to Omaha and the Union Pacific Historical society convention. As a certified foamer and photographer, I checked for headlights and was rewarded with a “hot track” – an eastbound. I started shooting with my long lens. A the train approached, I framed a shot at the grade crossing and waited, and waited, and wai – he was stopping short on the main! There is something unusual going on. Another look at the train and I realized it was a local. Was something interesting about to happen? But no one in his (or her) right mind would “set out” cars on those very ratty yard tracks! But that is what happened. The gondola, destined for the scrap pile deep in the yard, was spotted such that “idler” cars would not keep the four units on the main. I noticed the crew on the ground kept their distance during the shove. Another thing happened that made for a difficult time for the crew. The turnout at the main was stuck. To bad I don’t read lips, the conversation must have been colorful indeed.
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#525 on demonstration loop after crossing Broadway.
THIS IS NOT EAST LOS ANGELES< BUT IT WILL DO>
LAST RUN AND HEADING TO BARN FOUR.
When completed, this turnout will connect OERM mainline to rapid transit line.
The new frog for turnout.
VC-2 and train ready to leave for Perris.
Stars of the show!
Pacific Electric #717 returning to Pincate Station.
Sometimes I takes a break from the shop, venture out into the sunlight, and see what is going on at OERM. Saturday was no different. I had spent an hour in the machine shop making a drill guide for Phil. He needed one in order to drill lag bolt pilot holes in the ties of the new turnout being constructed in the parking lot, next to the machine shop. The 942 was running on the mainline and VC-2 was steamed-up. I promised my wife I would be home by 5:30 and it was 3:00. Plenty of time so long as I left by 4:00. These images were duly made and I got home on time. Phil has the drill guide. A perfect day, all made possible by fifty years of hard work by the members of OERM.
The Old Machinist
A good friend of my wife, from high school days, sent me a photograph she found in the house she bought. Knowing my interest in railroads, she sent it to me. Bingo! It is a photograph of UPRR #3657, a “bull moose”. It is a 3×5 black and white print which is almost in focus, but the composition is good.
I scanned the print and edited the results..