Thursday, April 26, 2012

Southwest Trip - 9

Hi, At this point we were definitely in the home stretch; only 4 days of shooting left.  We started our day by heading east from Needles, CA back to Topock, AZ to attempt a photo of an eastbound crossing the Colorado River from California into Arizona.  Jeremy and Jim went for the classic shot at highway level, which I already had, so I joined Dale for a track level view.

We then headed west 54 miles on I-40/Goffs Road to Essex, CA.  A highway bridge across the tracks provides great angles for trains in both directions with the morning being preferred.  We saw 2 eastbound trains here but no westbounds.  In fact, we would not see a westbound train until almost 3:00 PM in Amboy, CA.

As we approached Cadiz, CA we heard an eastbound approaching on the radio.

A second eastbound was close behind.

We continued west to Amboy.  As we approached another eastbound was heard on the radio.

The train had a pair of DPUs.

Ten minutes behind was another eastbound train which we photographed at the Historic Route 66 grade crosssing.

We headed west to explore and encountered more eastbound trains.  We got this one east of Siberia,

this one at the West Siberia Control Point, and

this one at the East Siberia Control Point.  I was amazed at how different this area looks compared to my last visit in 1996.

Our first westbound showed up just before 3:00 PM and we photographed it in Amboy, CA

and again east of East Siberia.

We had another shot lined up for this train but an eastbound cut us off.  Not knowing how long the train would take to get to Ludlow, CA, a must shoot spot for both Dale and me, nor how long it would take us to get into position, we headed directly there next.  Another eastbound came through just as we arrived at our spot.

Next up was a fleet of five westbound trains, the last two in good sun.

At this point it started to cloud up again so we called it a very good day and headed for Barstow, CA.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great Pictures! Also, thanks for the good wishes. It has been a long time since we were all at George Washington, but I am now enjoying retirement. Just came home from a game of golf. A Beautiful Day