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7/22/2017
 
 
 
 
  Viewing the last 200 photos I selected as my favorite Pictures.
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UP 844
Title:  UP 844
Description:  Union Pacific's Steam Special from West Colton to Yermo hit a truly lucky sucker hole of sun as it came through Summit in Cajon Pass under the chattering SLR mirrors of the local and traveling railfans. This is SWCYR 19.
Photo Date:  11/19/2011  Upload Date: 11/23/2011 9:31:23 AM
Location:  Cajon Summit, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 844(4-8-4)
Views:  1017   Comments: 6
Cotton Belt Lives in 2010
Title:  Cotton Belt Lives in 2010
Description:  The LOF41-28 switches GEMCO yard while an unknown railfan watches from a plastic chair he brought to the platform. This job goes to work every morning at GEMCO, and can run a few miles north up the line. Much of its time will be spent arranging trains in the yard itself.
Photo Date:  2/28/2010  Upload Date: 3/4/2010 10:34:35 PM
Location:  Van Nuys, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  SSW 7279(GP40M-2) UP 579(GP38-2)
Views:  1193   Comments: 1
Faux Western Pacific F7A at California Adventure
Title:  Faux Western Pacific F7A at California Adventure
Description:  Rebuilt by Walt Disney Imagination for it's Calfirornia Adventure from the scrapped cab of UP E-8 #928, Western Pacific F7-A #804-A is part of a faux California Zephyr made up of shops at the entrance to the Disney Park. It is "pulling" WP #842 "Silver Platter" diner and WP #881 "Silver Crescent" vista dome observation car. The EMD bulldog nose is actually the Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream shop. The Silver Platter holds Baker's Field Bakery, and the Silver Crescent holds part of the Engine-Ears Toys.
Photo Date:  4/12/2009  Upload Date: 6/10/2010 10:09:52 PM
Location:  Anaheim, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  WP 804A(F7A)
Views:  1702   Comments: 0
D&H "South Bronx Express"
Title:  D&H "South Bronx Express"
Description:  Delaware & Hudson 417, the South Bronx Express a Fresh Pond to Oak Point manifest rumbles through about 15 minutes after the sun vanished behind the Harmon shops. Three SD40-2s with specially modified pilots for the third rail and 44 MTYs make up tonight's train. They would get stabbed just a few miles further north at Peekskill. Thanks to alert of NH from the Hudson River Rail Lines YahooGroups for letting me know this train was on the way, or I'd have seen it through the windows of my commuter train back.
Photo Date:  8/3/2009  Upload Date: 8/22/2009 1:05:06 PM
Location:  Croton Harmon, NY
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  CP 5671(SD40-2) CP 5672(SD40-2) CP 5677(SD40-2)
Views:  886   Comments: 1
First Great Western "HST" #43613 at Paddington
Title:  First Great Western "HST" #43613 at Paddington
Description:  Sitting on what will be tail end of the 1206 Penzance train is Class 43 BREL (British Rail Engineering Limited) Crewe Works, Bo-Bo, diesel #43163, a High Speed Train Power Car. These 1976-1982 era units are the fastest diesels in the world, capable of 148 mph, and set to go a standard 125 mph. The train is scheduled to arrive at Penzance at 1711.
Photo Date:  7/6/2009  Upload Date: 7/20/2009 9:52:50 PM
Location:  London, UK
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  FGW 43163(Class 43 HST)
Views:  677   Comments: 0
Los Angeles Railway trolley being restored
Title:  Los Angeles Railway trolley being restored
Description:  This is a St. Louis Car (California Car Class H-3 or Type H) narrow gauge streetcar built in 1924. It was originally delivered to the Los Angeles Railway (42" gauge, LARy). After that, it served for Tahoe Valley Lines before going to Orange Empire. Today it sits in the Pacific Electric Subway Terminal, undergoing restoration to become a static display.
Photo Date:  3/27/2010  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 11:04:47 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  LARY 1435(Trolley)
Views:  1287   Comments: 0
Sunset Limited under last SP signal bridge on Alhambra Sub
Title:  Sunset Limited under last SP signal bridge on Alhambra Sub
Description:  Train #2, the Sunset Limited, is only about five minutes late as it heads east through the iconic Southern Pacific signal bridge at MP 484.5 (just west of Valley Blvd). Just over the fireman's window you can see the hood of the Darth Vadar signal that will one day replace the spotlight and bridge. This particular run of train #2 actually made up time, arriving in New Orleans, LA two days later, an hour and one minute early, at 1:54 PM, 3/30/10.
Photo Date:  3/28/2010  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 11:02:48 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  AMTK 50(P42DC)
Views:  920   Comments: 0
Cotton Belt GP40M-2
Title:  Cotton Belt GP40M-2
Description:  After 14 years of UP control, this is one of the very few remaining Cotton Belt engines with its original number and no patch. It is seen here switching GEMCO yard in Van Nuys. It was built a GP40 in August of 1971 as Western Pacific #3533. After the UP merger, it became UP #681, before being sold to the Chicago Missouri & Western Railway as their #3016. Upon retirement, it was rebuilt by Morrison-Knudson in November 1990 into a GP40M-2. It is slotted to become UP #1496.
Photo Date:  2/28/2010  Upload Date: 3/4/2010 10:35:07 PM
Location:  Van Nuys, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  SSW 7279(GP40M-2)
Views:  1341   Comments: 4
Western Pacific Heritage Unit
Title:  Western Pacific Heritage Unit
Description:  Pushing on the rear of ILADU-18 through Loma Linda, after having just waited on two westbounds, we see Union Pacific SD70ACe #1983, the Western Pacific Heritage Unit. This unit was debuted in Omaha, NE on July 30, 2005 to honor the employees of the former railroad, which had been merged into the Union Pacific. On this day, the unit was being chased by many local SoCal railfans, as it started that morning at East Yard, then headed out the Los Angeles Sub to Riverside, where it entered the BNSF San Bernardino Sub, to the Cajon Sub, where it switched over the Union Pacific's Yuma Sub at Colton Crossing. It is on its way to Dupo Yard near East St. Louis, IL.
Photo Date:  1/18/2009  Upload Date: 1/20/2009 9:52:48 AM
Location:  Loma Linda, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 1983(SD70ACe)
Views:  2043   Comments: 3
City of Roseville's Rose Parade Float
Title:  City of Roseville's Rose Parade Float
Description:  As a part of its Centennial celebration, the City of Roseville, CA entered this float into the 2009 Rose Parade honoring their history as home to the large same named Union Pacific, ex Southern Pacific, nee Central Pacfiic Yard. The engine represents T1 class 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler #2252 built by Cooke in March of 1897 as one of an order of 38, and later to be put in SP Fire Train service, protecting the Donner Pass snow sheds, before finally being retired to display in Roseville. The cars represent Pullman heavyweights of the Harriman era. This float won the 2009 Governor's Trophy for best depiction of life in California.
Photo Date:  1/1/2009  Upload Date: 1/2/2009 3:10:54 PM
Location:  Pasadena, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Views:  1448   Comments: 1
Spring Railfest and the "24 Train"
Title:  Spring Railfest and the "24 Train"
Description:  Former CNW F7(A) lead the "24 Train" in a downpour in Fillmore, CA as seen from the eaves of the SP depot. This train set had been used in the opening scene of Season Four of the hit Fox TV show "24." It hit a truck parked on the tracks and exploded in a scene shot over by the Fish Hatchery. F7(A) #100 was originally delivered to the C&NW as their #4068A in March of 1949. It was rebuilt as a commuter engine in 1959 and renumbered to 409, before becoming Chicago RTA #409 in 1978 and then Metra in 1983. Later, it went to Rails Diversified, and then to Winchseter & Western, and then to Maryland Midland as their number 100. Shortline Enterprises (the owner of Fillmore and Western) acquired it from them.
Photo Date:  3/19/2005  Upload Date: 12/12/2008 1:39:34 AM
Location:  Fillmore, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  FWRY 100(F7A)
Views:  866   Comments: 2
Drag Racing stackers
Title:  Drag Racing stackers
Description:  These two westbound stackers are racing at track speed in this image. Really wish I'd had a video camera at this moment. The location is West Colton on the BNSF San Bernardino Sub (as opposed to the more famous West Colton on the UP Alhambra Sub), and the two trains are both about to cross over Fogg Street. The GEVO is moving ever so slightly faster, but not enough that I'll ever find out what is behind that Oakway SD60. Meanwhile, the Warbonnet Dash 9, Goatboat and two H2s are leading a train that I had just seen pass through A Yard and the platforms of the San Bernardino Harvey House Depot. Dash 9 #668 was delivered to the Santa Fe in September of 1994, while "Power Bar" ES44DC #7584 was delivered to the BNSF in June 2007.
Photo Date:  8/24/2008  Upload Date: 9/1/2008 12:08:38 PM
Location:  Colton, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  ATSF 668(C44-9W) BNSF 7584(ES44DC)
Views:  888   Comments: 0
UP eastbound coal
Title:  UP eastbound coal
Description:  It was zero fahrenheit, with a windchill of -20, while skiers ignored this Yampa Valley coal train that would force us all to wait another twenty minutes for the arrival of the Ski Train. Second unit was an unpatched SP AC4400CW. There was also a midtrain DPU set of another AC4400CW and a SD90MAC. Pushing on the rear was another DPU set, this one, one UP and one SP AC4400CW. UP #6998 is a September 1999 product of Erie. The train is ascending a 2.0% grade from Tabernash to the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel. It is probably off the Craig Branch.
Photo Date:  12/28/2003  Upload Date: 8/13/2008 10:38:16 AM
Location:  Winter Park, CO
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 6998(AC44CW)
Views:  1221   Comments: 2
Switch Job on LAJ Connector
Title:  Switch Job on LAJ Connector
Description:  BNSF's fleet of rebuilt GP35us (and GP30us) are all in their mid to late 40s now. #2509 is on the garbarge strewn Citcom Spur in Commerce. There is often a set of Blue Bonnet GEEPS here. The track actually connects to a number of Los Angeles Junction lines, including their yard off of Bandini, but I have personally never seen it used for anything rather than locomotive storage. This was taken from 26th Street, and moment before I took it #2509 had roared to life. She was origianlly deliverd to the ATSF in March of 1964 as #1309. She was rebuilt February 1984, and wore Kodachrome SPSF paint in 1985. Shot on Fujichrome Provia 100F.
Photo Date:  7/19/2008  Upload Date: 8/11/2008 11:27:50 PM
Location:  Commerce, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  BNSF 2509(GP35u)
Views:  672   Comments: 0
BNSF string of stacks
Title:  BNSF string of stacks
Description:  Westbound stacks climb the grade at Vail, and begin to slow for Hobart Yard. Too bad that SD60M wasn't elephant style too. For anyone who's not been to Commerce, it's quite an experience watching these come in. The platform is actually between the main line and a yard track, so you can often be trapped here. And these big stackers come in from the east, often at pretty high rates of speed, while the eastbounds come in fairly slow, building speed as they go. This was shot on Fujichrome Provia 100F.
Photo Date:  7/19/2008  Upload Date: 8/11/2008 11:38:07 PM
Location:  Commerce, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4043(C44-9W)
Views:  637   Comments: 2
BNSF eastbound manifest
Title:  BNSF eastbound manifest
Description:  Eastbound manifest east of town, and passing our motel, at 7:57 AM in the morning. We were staying at the Flagstaff Travel Lodge on Route 66, which is one of dozens of "Railfan-Heaven" places to stay in Flagstaff. Roll out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the Transcon in that glorious Northern Arizona morning light. Here, we see a collection of Dash 9s. The lead unit, #4567, arrived from the GE shops in Erie, PA in late 1999 as part of an order of 299 units. BNSF has nearly 1,700 of these units, I believe. Sort of boggles the mind.
Photo Date:  6/27/2003  Upload Date: 7/28/2008 12:30:15 AM
Location:  Flagstaff, AZ
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4567(C44-9W) BNSF 4592(C44-9W) BNSF 4582(C44-9W) BNSF 795(C44-9W) NS 8948(C40-9W)
Views:  843   Comments: 1
Ferrocarril del Pacifico Shops
Title:  Ferrocarril del Pacifico Shops
Description:  Still in FNM paint, but with a Ferromex patch, C30-7 #3529 gets a look see in the former FCP shops two days after Christmas. I was able to visit this location through a kind contact, and was shown around by the local Ferromex employees, who had to be some of the nicest folks you could ever meet. They met me at the bus, took me through the facilites, and then waited with me for a bus back to my hotel. This unit is at home, having once been Ferrocarril del Pacifico #440, built in 1981 (I think for the NdeM).
Photo Date:  12/27/2002  Upload Date: 7/16/2008 11:18:30 AM
Location:  Mazatlan, MX
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  FCM 3529(C30-7)
Views:  1055   Comments: 1
CP Carson and Dolores Yard on New Year's Eve
Title:  CP Carson and Dolores Yard on New Year's Eve
Description:  Before the Alameda Corridor was built (the tracks beneath the cantalevered signal bridge), train watching at Dolores Yard was easy, but by 2002, the yard had been fixed so that getting shots involve stopping at a no stopping zone and pointing the camera out the window. Still, I managed to pull in briefly and get this shot of a warbonnet Dash 9 waiting its turn on the Corridor, while a UP SD9043MAC idles and a southbound UP stacker behind an SD70M gets ready to make it's run down into the Harbor.
Photo Date:  12/31/2002  Upload Date: 7/16/2008 11:18:47 AM
Location:  Carson, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 8180(SD9043MAC) UP 4492(SD70M) BNSF 766(C44-9W)
Views:  752   Comments: 0
BNSF 4543
Title:  BNSF 4543
Description:  BNSF stack trains swap crews on the 190th Street Bridge, aka the eastern limit of Alcoa Yard. The Hobart based crew has brought 4965 to Torrance, whlie the Watson based crew has brought 4543 up. This crew swap was a somewhat rare move, usually made because one of the crews (probably Hobart) was at risk of dying on the law. Dash 9 4543 was part of BNSF's 1999 order for 299 more of the ubiquitous units, making it only about six months old in this shot.
Photo Date:  5/27/2000  Upload Date: 6/20/2008 12:33:48 AM
Location:  Torrance, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4543(C44-9W)
Views:  909   Comments: 1
BNSF 4965
Title:  BNSF 4965
Description:  Westbound stacks come to rest over Hawthorne Avenue in order to swap crews. While this train is in single track territory, it is coming upon the eastern limit of Alcoa Yard, where an eastbound is waiting. The two trains traded crews here, returning the Watson crew to Watson and the Hobart crew to Hobart. On the heels of this train was a light engine move, making for a very rare train three Harbor Sub meet. Dash 9 #4965 was from the end of an order for 200 Dash 9s that were delivered in the second half of 1998.
Photo Date:  5/27/2000  Upload Date: 6/20/2008 12:33:29 AM
Location:  Torrance, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  BNSF 4965(C44-9W)
Views:  949   Comments: 1
WP 26
Title:  WP 26
Description:  Travel Town was the brainchild of LA County Park's employee Charlie Atkins. In the 1950s, many local railroads donated steam engines to Travel Town, but over the years, the collection was put under the responsbility of those who didn't care about saving these artifiacts, simply allowing them to rust away. Today, things are vastly improved, as the city has changed Travel Town's focus from being a playground to being a museum.
Photo Date:  7/19/1999  Upload Date: 5/12/2008 1:59:48 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  WP 26(2-8-0) STE 1(4-4-0)
Views:  1714   Comments: 3
"First Watson Roadswitcher"
Title:  "First Watson Roadswitcher"
Description:  Two rebuilt GP9us and a B23-7 drill in El Segundo. This short section of track here is actually the only remaining piece of the Redondo Branch west of the Harbor Sub. At one time, a train on this track could continue through Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach (on what is today a really skinny park). Even this shot cannot be taken anymore, as the mall/movie theatre to the right planted those trees, which today are taller then any train.
Photo Date:  11/17/1998  Upload Date: 5/2/2008 10:09:02 AM
Location:  El Segundo, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  ATSF 2283(GP9u) ATSF 2297(GP9u) ATSF 6417(B23-7)
Views:  1629   Comments: 0
"The Cruz" kicks up dust
Title:  "The Cruz" kicks up dust
Description:  LRQ81-25, "The Cruz" aka the Santa Cruz Local kicks up some dust as it heads northwest on Walker Street. My plan had been to watch this train leave Watsonville Jct, and then casually beat it here, but I made a wrong turn and just managed to get to this spot seconds before. The buildings that line Walker Street are mainly agricultural cold storage centers and other assorted warehouses.
Photo Date:  3/25/2008  Upload Date: 4/16/2008 12:31:49 AM
Location:  Watsonville, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UPY 614(GP15-1)
Views:  760   Comments: 1
The 'Garita is in the Slough
Title:  The 'Garita is in the Slough
Description:  The 'Garita's in the Slough! The Santa Margarita Turn crosses over the Elkhorn Slough in a blanket of fog. Amazingly, it was sunny and clear less than a mile from here, but as I drove into the Slough area, we were socked in with pea soup. Didn't slow the train down though, which had already hit track speed. This bridge's official name is the "Elkhorn Slough Railroad Bridge," of course. The GP15-1 comes from Missouri Pacific and was delivered to the MP in August of 1981.
Photo Date:  3/24/2008  Upload Date: 4/8/2008 8:49:33 PM
Location:  Pajaro, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UPY 662(GP15-1)
Views:  487   Comments: 2
CNJ 553
Title:  CNJ 553
Description:  The CNJ logo as seen on the flank of 1954 vintage RDC1 #553 from the Cranford NJ platform. This unit was part of a two-car RDC train running the "Scoot," aka the Bayonne Shuttle, which had about a year left at this time (it last ran August 6, 1978). Riding this service was a blast. I remember a very bouncy ride with very friendly operators. I recall one of them questioning the other about the speed as we blasted toward the Newark Bay Bridge.
Photo Date:  6/25/1977  Upload Date: 12/17/2007 10:33:53 AM
Location:  Cranford, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  CNJ 553(RDC1)
Views:  1199   Comments: 0
Westbound semaphore
Title:  Westbound semaphore
Description:  The semaphore at Moore Street, MP 13.1, is missing some lenses by this date, but is set in the down aspect, indicating stop. The term semaphore dates back to Roman times (at least) when signals were sent across battle fields and other long distances by men with flags, known as semaphores.
Photo Date:  7/7/1977  Upload Date: 1/5/2008 6:51:30 PM
Location:  Hackensack, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Views:  644   Comments: 0
Semaphore at Moore Street
Title:  Semaphore at Moore Street
Description:  This is the eastbound sempahore and smash board at Moore Street. This is the location of the second Hackensack depot on the Susquehanna. The smashboard dates back to when the drawbride over the Hackensack River hadn't yet been welded shut. When the bridge was open, this signal would drop in the path of the train, and break with a loud noise if a train went through it, acting as a secondary alert (after the signal) and a telltale that a train had ignored a stop signal.
Photo Date:  7/7/1977  Upload Date: 1/5/2008 6:51:44 PM
Location:  Hackensack, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Views:  694   Comments: 0
NYSW 1802
Title:  NYSW 1802
Description:  As the train pulls away to Main Street it passes an office building errected on the foundation of the original NYSW Hackensack depot. Note the wave from the friendly engineer. GP18 #1802 arrived on the property 8/62, with two sister GP18s. These were the first units to wear the yellow-jacket scheme. They were bought on a government loan arrnaged for by Irving Maidman, who had bought the Edgewater Ford plant and then bought the railroad to ensure service. Maidman, however, cut costs and killed the commuter trains.
Photo Date:  7/7/1977  Upload Date: 1/5/2008 6:52:15 PM
Location:  Hackensack, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  NYSW 1802(GP18)
Views:  997   Comments: 0
NYSW 1802
Title:  NYSW 1802
Description:  My first ever Suzy-Q train - I'd actually dreamt that I would see this train that morning... weird. It's crossing Moore Street here with the Bergen Record building in the background. I still recall that semaphore signal dropping and the realization that a train was coming! Sadly, I had my Kodak X15 Instamatic. As an aside, look at the crossing gates... notice the black and white stripes on the gates and the 'old' lantern-style teardrop lamps. When was the last time you saw those?
Photo Date:  7/7/1977  Upload Date: 1/5/2008 6:52:00 PM
Location:  Hackensack, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  NYSW 1802(GP18)
Views:  1253   Comments: 1
A Ghetto Blue heads north
Title:  A Ghetto Blue heads north
Description:  Los Angeles Metro Rail three car train passing a typical old time Los Angeles house on Washington Boulevard. The three P865s are nearing the end of their run from downtown Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles, passing over the former Pacific Eletric Long Beach Line for many of those miles, although here, the train is on new ROW created for the LACMTA Blue Line. If you look closely, you'll see that the last car is painted in the Metro Rail's new stealth grey scheme.
Photo Date:  2/17/2008  Upload Date: 3/20/2008 10:17:03 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  LACTMA 147(LRV)
Views:  640   Comments: 0
LACTMA 301 on Garvanza Viaduct
Title:  LACTMA 301 on Garvanza Viaduct
Description:  Where The Super Chief and El Capitan once rolled, now Los Angeles Metro Rail Gold Line trains glide by. The Garvanza Viaduct sits at the western end of the former Santa Fe's Second District and carries the tracks over the Arroyo Seco and the Pasadena Freeway (fka the Arroyo Seco Parkway). Unfortunately, as you can see, the city has determined that the bridge should be hemmed in by trees, making it extremely difficult to photograph any trains on it anymroe.
Photo Date:  2/16/2008  Upload Date: 3/20/2008 10:17:35 PM
Location:  Highland Park, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  LACTMA 301(LRV)
Views:  757   Comments: 0
UP Manifest with SP power
Title:  UP Manifest with SP power
Description:  Can hardly tell that the SP has been folded into the UP for almost two years in this shot, as two fairly new bloody nose SD70Ms bring a manifest off the Coast Line through the Metrolink station. Delivered to th SP in June of 1994, these two units are the very first production SD70Ms (after the demonstrators). They were later renumbered 3795 and 3794 by Uncle Pete, for whom they soldier on today.
Photo Date:  7/10/1998  Upload Date: 3/20/2008 9:19:48 AM
Location:  Burbank, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  SP 9801(SD70M) SP 9800(SD70M)
Views:  1912   Comments: 6
Amtrak's "Coast Starlight"
Title:  Amtrak's "Coast Starlight"
Description:  Amtrak's Coast Starlight passes a railfan's dream house at the Channel Drive crossing. This neighborhood must be one of the wealthiest in the USA that is right up against a main line railroad. I was on a business retreat with my company staying in the Santa Barbara Biltmore, and had just enough time from when I heard a horn to run to the end of the parking lot and get a picture. This angle is from the bushes between the tennis court and the tracks.
Photo Date:  8/29/1993  Upload Date: 3/5/2008 8:24:23 AM
Location:  Montecito, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  AMTK 251(F40PHR)
Views:  827   Comments: 1
SNCB 2348 leads a passnger run into Treinstation Bruges
Title:  SNCB 2348 leads a passnger run into Treinstation Bruges
Description:  This was shot in one of those storms that got a little scary. I remember wondering if we would be okay as this Brugeoise-Nivelles Series 23 pulled in to take us back to Brussels. Series 23 motors were built from 1955 to 1957 and are generally assigned to freight, although passenger use is not uncommon. This is the original green livary that these units were delivered in. The first two cars are DB Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal Railways - West Germany) and the orange cars are SNCB (Belgian State Railway) Eurofima cars.
Photo Date:  5/16/1983  Upload Date: 2/27/2008 2:04:40 AM
Location:  Bruges, BE
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  SNCB 2348(Bo-Bo Type Electric)
Views:  735   Comments: 0
SNCF 25638
Title:  SNCF 25638
Description:  A BB-25500 waits for passngers at Gare de Versailles-Chantiers. It is a "Locomotive mixte bicourant en livre Vert de la SNCF," or dual-voltage electric motor in French National Railways green. It is an Altstom from the early 1970s. This station was built in 1932. The pedestrian bridge includes an observation post seen above the train.
Photo Date:  5/14/1983  Upload Date: 2/22/2008 1:16:55 AM
Location:  Versailles, FR
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  SNCF 25638(Bo-Bo Type Electric)
Views:  542   Comments: 1
Crossing the Santa Ana River
Title:  Crossing the Santa Ana River
Description:  Union Pacific statcks cross the Santa Ana River on the BNSF bridge as they move towards Colton Crossing. This multi-span girder bridge is a mishmash of girder styles, I'm assuming due it being upgraded at some point? This train had already crossed the Santa Ana River on the UP's magnificent arch bridge in Riverside. Prior to that, I'd seen it in Rowland Heights. Took it around five hours to go 36 miles. From radio chatter, I understood that it was re-crewed twice.
Photo Date:  2/9/2008  Upload Date: 2/18/2008 12:50:02 PM
Location:  Grand Terrace, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 8536(SD70ACe) UP 4036(SD70M) UP 4832(SD70M)
Views:  589   Comments: 1
Streeter meet
Title:  Streeter meet
Description:  Westbound stacks pass an eastbound rail train, while paralleling Dewey Avenue in the Riverside "Quiet Zone." No horns allowed. The area behind my back here is all residential, with tidy working class homes. The westbound stacker has just come off the BNSF San Bernardino Sub and is now on home rails on UP's Los Angeles Sub, about to pass "Streeter." It's lead unit is one of UP's older ES44ACs, #5520, which was delivered June 2005. SD40-2 #3731 is a tad older though, having been delivered February 1980.
Photo Date:  2/9/2008  Upload Date: 2/18/2008 12:49:01 PM
Location:  Riverside, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 5520(AC45CCTE) UP 3731(SD40-2)
Views:  599   Comments: 0
UP 4666
Title:  UP 4666
Description:  An eastbound rail train waits alongside Dewey Avenue, shortly after the dispatcher has announced, "That's enough eastbounds, we've been doing eastbounds all morning. Time for some westbounds." This train answered back that it was tying down, and I discovered that it was under the authority of a lady hogger. These units have quite a varied seniority. #4666 was delivered June 2001, #3731 in February 1980, and #2222 as #6067 in March 1988.
Photo Date:  2/9/2008  Upload Date: 2/18/2008 12:53:04 PM
Location:  Riverside, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 4666(SD70M) UP 3731(SD40-2) UP 2222(SD60)
Views:  695   Comments: 0
UP stacks wait to enter the BNSF
Title:  UP stacks wait to enter the BNSF
Description:  Stacks sit in the Metrolink station waiting for permission to enter the BNSF and head east. The Metrolink station here is basically a platofrm with this funky looking roofs. Moments before I snapped this a private security guard approached me and asked me if I was a professional photographer or taking the pictures for my own enjoyment. Expecting to be kicked out either way I told her the truth, I'm an amateur taking pics for fun. She nodded that that was okay and left me alone.
Photo Date:  2/9/2008  Upload Date: 2/18/2008 12:48:08 PM
Location:  Pedley, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 4439(SD70M)
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Stacks and Mount Baldy
Title:  Stacks and Mount Baldy
Description:  UP stacks sit under the majesty of Mount Baldy. Just moments before I took this shot, the crew called in to request permission to enter BNSF trackage. They announced their position as Limonite (that's Limonite Road to the left), but I think this is actually Pedley over here, and Limonite is another mile or so east (typical railfan, thinking I know better than the rail, huh?). SD70M #4439 was delivered to the UP on August 2001.
Photo Date:  2/9/2008  Upload Date: 2/18/2008 2:26:38 PM
Location:  Pedley, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 4439(SD70M)
Views:  612   Comments: 2
ACe with stacks
Title:  ACe with stacks
Description:  UP stacks head east at MP 21.10 on the Los Angeles Sub. Note the wires coming out of the signal box have been cut. This train was actually slowing for a stop at the Jack in the Box on Fullerton. Heck, they do serve breakfast 24 hours a day. According to the radio chatter, this train would end up swapping crews two more times before reaching Colton about five hours later. SD70ACe #8536 was delivered to the UP June of 2007.
Photo Date:  2/9/2008  Upload Date: 2/18/2008 2:27:12 PM
Location:  Rowland Heights, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 8536(SD70ACe)
Views:  660   Comments: 0
Santa Monica Air Line at Compton Blvd
Title:  Santa Monica Air Line at Compton Blvd
Description:  Where Pacific Electric box motors, interurbans, and juice jacks once ran, followed by Southern Pacific Baldwins and Cruds, with trains serving the May Company and the Wonderbread Bakery in tony Beverly Hills, there is nothing left. This location is a block west of the Nevin Station, fairly close the eastern end of the line (at least since it was part of the Pacific Electric). This scene will soon be altered completely, as the new Metro Rail Expo Line will use this ROW.
Photo Date:  1/26/2008  Upload Date: 1/27/2008 1:47:11 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Radio Sled under the high tension power line
Title:  Radio Sled under the high tension power line
Description:  Union Paicific "radio sled" #Y164 began life as a B23-7 when it was delivered to the Missouri Pacific as their #4669 in June of 1980. It was upgraded into a B30-7 (or B23-7M) by the MoPac, and then became Union Pacific #259 after the merger. The Union Pacific converted it into a CCRCL in June of 2004, stripping out its traction motor and fuel tank. CCRCL stands for Control Car Remote Control Locomotive. We are at the Myers Team Track in downtown LA. The building in the back with the police helicopters parked atop it is Piper Tech.
Photo Date:  2/2/2008  Upload Date: 2/3/2008 11:37:59 AM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UPY 164(CCRCL)
Views:  1005   Comments: 3
The Ghetto Blue on Washington Blvd
Title:  The Ghetto Blue on Washington Blvd
Description:  A train of Metro Rail Sumitomo Nippon Sharyo P865s are passing the Scully Building on Washington Blvd, after having just made their San Pedro Street stop. This train is inbound to downtown Los Angeles. This line was originally built for two car trains, but it quickly became the most utlized new light rail line in the USA and it had to be modified to accomodate three car trains.
Photo Date:  2/2/2008  Upload Date: 2/3/2008 11:38:42 AM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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"Baby Wings" GP38-2 in J-Yard
Title:  "Baby Wings" GP38-2 in J-Yard
Description:  Baby Wings adorn the nose of a one-time Missouri Pacific GP38-2 making it look like a fanciful Tyco HO model to my eye. The "Baby Wings" scheme (so named by raiflans) was only applied to 50 units (all by Jenks in 2001/2002). It was a nice scheme.... sorry to see it go away. As an aside, the snow on the San Gabriel Mountains in the background is deceiving... I think it was almost 60 degrees out when I took this shot.
Photo Date:  1/26/2008  Upload Date: 1/27/2008 1:46:51 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 622(GP38-2)
Views:  699   Comments: 1
LA Times Job begins its day
Title:  LA Times Job begins its day
Description:  Getting ready for work at J-Yard, a hogger carries his supplies up to his hog, in this case, a former Missouri Pacific GP83-2 coupled to a "Crud" (a former SP SW1500) at J-Yard near downtown Los Angeles. GP38-2 #622 was originally delivered to the MoPac as their #2122 Jan 1975. #Y1199 is older, having been originally delivered to the eSPee as their #2657 May 1972. Nice to see the old units still running. This train will be YJY78R, the Los Angeles Times Job. It will shove to East Redondo, and then move ove to the LA Times lead, which is some might poor looking track.
Photo Date:  1/26/2008  Upload Date: 1/27/2008 1:46:32 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  UP 622(GP38-2) UPY 1199(SW1500)
Views:  782   Comments: 0
CR 9946 on West End Drill
Title:  CR 9946 on West End Drill
Description:  Note the hogger (Steve Bonschur) and the brakie (Blackie O'Donnel). The West End Yard office is behind the "DeWitt Geep," an ALCO RS3 re-engined with an E8 567. Penn Central started making them and Conrail continued. Half of them wouldn't MU with other engines, the air piping didn't match up. Crews referred to them as 9900's. The program was started at DeWitt, but #9946 was rebuilt at Junianta November 1978. It had been CR #5374, nee Central of New Jersey #1544, which was delivered June 1950.
Photo Date:  4/10/1979  Upload Date: 1/25/2008 10:29:48 AM
Location:  Elizabethport, NJ
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  CR 9946(RS3M)
Views:  1860   Comments: 2
Norfolk Southern 204
Title:  Norfolk Southern 204
Description:  Norfolk Southern hotshot intermodal train #204 heads north, about to cross E. 36th Street in Charlotte, NC. This is an Atlanta to Alexandria train. GP60 #7111 was delivered to the NS in August of 1991. She is trailed by three classmates, all from the same original order and delivered within two months of the 7111. We are in the Charlotte District of the Piedmont Subdivision. This was one of my earliest digital train images.
Photo Date:  12/28/2005  Upload Date: 1/12/2008 2:48:26 PM
Location:  Charlotte, NC
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  NS 7111(GP60) NS 7121(GP60) NS 7110(GP60) NS 7139(GP60)
Views:  722   Comments: 1
MTA 1164
Title:  MTA 1164
Description:  Maintenance has a look at ACMU 1164 while a Conrail conductor looks on. ACMU #1164 was part of the fourth order for these cars and was delivered to the Port Authority of NY & NJ for use by the New York Central in 1965. Like all the ACMUs, they were built by Pullman-Standard. Delieverd in Dupont Green, she was later repainted into MTA silver and blue.
Photo Date:  4/7/1977  Upload Date: 12/27/2007 10:11:15 AM
Location:  Croton Harmon, NY
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  MTA 1164(ACMU)
Views:  1046   Comments: 0
BNSF 3111
Title:  BNSF 3111
Description:  A Radio Control driller pulls up to the abandoned Hobart Tower at San Pedro Junction. Sadly, the Burlington Northern GP50 is wearing a "Welcome to LA" paint scheme. This GP50 was delivered new to BN in July 1985. It was later derated to 2500 hp and reclassified GP25 in late 2006. The tower, built in 1926, was closed permenantly on April 15, 2002. It protected the crossing of the Union Pacific San Pedro Sub and the ATSF First District.
Photo Date:  2/11/2007  Upload Date: 12/14/2007 12:17:47 AM
Location:  Vernon, CA
Author:  Charles Freericks
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Locomotives:  BNSF 3111(GP50)
Views:  743   Comments: 2


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