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Railfan notes from 2011

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Various photos from 2011


Trip or Day Outings

This is outings of a day or less in 2011

Watsonville, CA - Sunday, January 16, 2011
UP Heritage unit 1983 (WP) was in Watsonville, CA on this day.
Santa Clara, CA - Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Catfish on the coast - At noon on Feb. 8, 2011 Amtrak Number 11 goes past the Santa Clara, California Caltrain station with Norfolk Southern on the point.
Niles Canyon, CA - Sunday, March 13, 2011
Just a quick stop in Niles on my way back from Winterail 2011.
Altamont Pass and Lathrop, CA - Thursday, March 31, 2011
On March 31, 2011 P42DC 154 leads the 202 on a detoured Amtrak Number 11 up Altamont Pass and through Lathrop on a record breaking warm day.
Alviso, San Jose, CA - Sunday, July 11, 2011
Amtrak P42 156, in a version of Phase I "Pointless Arrow" heritage paint leading train #11.

Trip to New York

In October 2011 I flew to New York

Monday, October 3, 2011
This day I was chasing the WNYP's Oil City Local from Meadville, PA to Oil City PA.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Olean, NY: On the morning of October 4, 2011 I remember texting, "Don't pinch me I do not want to wake up!" I have before been in situations where I was surrounded by hard working Alcos in the 21st century, but it was always a dream before. This was real.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
In the morning Dan and I went to the offices at Olean, NY and found out we really made the right decision the day before when we chased the Hornell Turn instead of the Driftwood Turn (DFT) out of Olean. The DFT did not get out of Olean until almost dark and was so late it had gone dead on the law at Emporium PA. The crew from the morning switch job (OL-2) at Olean was being sent to Emporium to pick up the train.

Later, after the power from the previous days DFT settled into the engine house on October 5, 2011 and Olean, NY started to get quiet I bid farewell to Dan and left the WNYP. I drove to Rochester and that evening I met Otto in Rochester. After hanging out with him and some friends I called it a night.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Very early in the morning I met Otto again and we set off on a new adventure chasing the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad (LA&L, or LAL). We were in Lakeville at first light and we caught the morning train going to work. This is work in progress.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Very, very early in the morning I met Otto again again and again we set off on a new adventure this time heading west, almost to Buffalo to Lockport to chase the Falls Road Railroad.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
I did not rush this morning. I knew I had a very long day ahead. I met the excursion equipment in Medina, NY later in the morning.

Trip or Day Outings

This is outings of a day or less in 2011

Martinez, CA - Saturday, October 22, 2011
Amtrak 184 leads train number 6 as it approaches CP RV 33 Vista in Martinez, CA on October 22, 2011.
Sacramento - Friday, November 4, 2011
Amtrak Heritage unit 184 is about to depart Sacramento, CA westbound on Capitol Corridor train 547.
San Jose, CA - Saturday, November 5, 2011
Amtrak Heritage unit 184 is at College Park, about to arrive in San Jose, CA westbound on Capitol Corridor train 737.
Milpitas, CA - December 5, 2011, Monday
D&RGW heritage unit in Milpitas, CA.
Sacramento, CA - December 16, 2011, Friday
I went to Sacramento to photograph the Polar Express. With the normal steam power unavailable the F and E unit powered the train this year.

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