Monday, June 19, 2017

New Mexico, Colorado & Arizona railfan trip

Hi, Friend Dale Diacont and I spent nine days railfanning mostly in New Mexico during the first week in June. We arrived in Albuquerque late in the afternoon of June 1 and immediately drove to Santa Fe where we had dinner with Dale's stepson and spent the night.

On the morning of June 2nd we set out to photograph the Rail Runner Express commuter operation south of Santa Fe. All of the following photos, with the exception of two, were taken in this general area.

Our first stop was just east of the railroad off Santa Fe County Route 57 (above and two below).


After the morning rush we did some exploring to find locations for the afternoon. Then we headed into Santa Fe to provision for the rest of the trip and get lunch.

After lunch we stopped at the former Santa Fe depot (above and below). This is the northern terminus for Rail Runner Express and also a visitor center.


Our first location for the afternoon was the frontage road off I-25 near Rosario, New Mexico. Because Amtrak #4, the Southwest Chief, ran earlier than Amtrak reported we were not in position for the photograph we wanted. The best we could do was this going away shot.

Shortly after Amtrak cleared the early afternoon commuter train ran (above and below).


When there are no trains there usually is interesting scenery out west. In this case the contract between the well lit mountain in the background and shadowed foreground caught my eye.

We could see that there was sun near our morning location and it did not look like there would be sun near Rosario so we moved back to Santa Fe County Route 57 (above and three below).



Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Railfanning on 5/15/2017 - The Delmarva Peninsula

Hi, Friend Dale Jacobson and I headed for the Delmarva Peninsula last Monday in the hopes of finding some action on the new Delmarva Central. Unfortunately we got a late start and by the time we got to various locations the action was over.

Our first stop was Harrington, DE. While the train to Clayton usually does not run on Monday we hoped this day would be an exception. It was not to be so we took some roster shots (above and below) and left.


We headed for Seaford, DE where we had learned the Seaford Local was working. On the way we encountered a unit grain train with NS power at a feed mill. This was the first unit with an Crescent Cab I have seen.

Upon arrival in Seaford, DE we encountered one of the local's crew. They had finished their work for the day and were to be taxied up to the grain train to take it north. More roster shots (above and below).


Next it was on to Delmar where we hoped to find the Delmar local working. The units were working in their small yard in Delmar, MD. Almost immediately they pulled and pushed some cars up toward the MD/DE line (route 54). About three blocks from the state line they cut off from the cars they were pulling and pushed the remaining car into Maryland. Then they quit for 2 hours until they could service the grain elevator north north of town.

Here are two views of the locomotives and the car sitting just north of the state line.

Unwilling to just hang around we decided to check out the Maryland & Delaware but they had quit for the day by the time we got Federalsburg, MD.

Below is a summary of Delmarva Central information Dale and I were able to glean from the people we talked to:

Train                                    Call Time                      Operating Limits

HA-1                                     8:00 AM                       Harrington to Clayton and return.

HA-2                                     7:00 PM                       Harrington to Delmar and return.

HA-3                                     6:00 PM                       Harrington to Indian River and return.

Delmar Day Local                7:00 AM                      Works at least south to Salisbury and
                                                                                   north to Laurel.

Delmar Night Job                 7:00 PM                       Runs as far south as Pocomoke City and
                                                                                   return; does other work as needed.

Seaford Local                       7:00 AM                       Seaford and north.

Dover Local                          2:00 PM                       Dover area.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trains and Trams in Europe - 4/9 to 4/27/2017 - 4

Hi, The first three photos were inadvertently omitted from the earlier post on Basel.




Our next stop was Strasbourg where the remaining photos in this post were taken. All of the trams we saw were modern. As our boat spent the night in Strasbourg we had an opportunity to ride some of the trams too. Tickets were good for 24 hours from time of validation.


After our walking tour on April 15, Jim and Cathy Kleeman, and I headed for the railroad station. It was relatively small compared to Lucerne and Basel. A huge clear protective shield has been constructed across the front of the building.

Walking to one end of a platform we spotted this four wheel switcher.

The other end of the platform provided views such as this diesel multiple unit train (DMU) arriving,

an electric multiple unit (EMU) train preparing to depart,

a train of conventional rolling stock being pushed into the station by an electric locomotive (above and two below),



a train of EMUs arriving,

and a train of DMUs departing.

Finally another train of conventional passenger cars was pushed out of the station by an electric locomotive.


On our way back to the boat we had the opportunity to photograph more trams.

The next day Jim, Cathy and I rode a tram into town. Place de Homme de Fer is a square named for the man of iron; a suit of armor which was affixed to a building on the square in the 18th century and has now been replaced by a tin copy.

The square is the meeting point for 5 tram lines. The A line crosses the B, C, D, E, and F. Above a C line and a B line car are in the station.

The C line car is ready to leave.

The A line stop is partially covered by this interesting structure.

This view shows the crossing with an A line train leaving the station while at the left a B line train waits its turn and another A line train unloads and loads passengers. Jim (blue jacket) and Cathy are at the right.

Next the B line train leaves.

My final tram in Strasbourg was at Place Broglie while waiting for a tram in the opposite direction.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Trains and Trams in Europe - 4/9 to 4/26/2017- 3

Hi, On Thursday, April 13 we traveled by bus from Lucerne to Basel, Switzerland where we boarded our home for the next 14 nights, Grand Circle Cruise Line's River Harmony. After unpacking Jim Kleeman, his wife Cathy and I took a walk over to the railroad station.

Basel has modern trams (above and below)


in two paint schemes (above and below). This is a major junction and transfer point.


There was much to see at the station or bahnhoff. Above is a TGV off SNCF, the French National Railroad. Basel sits right on the border with France and Germany.

An electric switcher like the one seen in Lucerne was working this station too.

This is a fast train on SBB, the Swiss national railroad.

I believe this also is an SSB train.

While we were on a bridge over looking the station a German Inter City Express (ICE) arrived.

When we returned to the platform we were able to photograph this SSB electric,

a diesel switching,

a German electric,

and the ICE train departing. This is the rear.

I like the ends of platforms because there frequently is interesting track work and signals. Also, there is the possibility of shooting trains arriving and departing on a number of tracks (above and below).


On the walk back to the boat we saw this older tram in the yellow paint scheme.

Thanks for looking.