Trip Notes 2012

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Railfan Notes 2012

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Day Or Less Outings

Short outings of a day or less in early 2012.

Modesto, CA - Friday, February 3, 2012
M&ET Action.
Rocklin, CA - Sunday, March 11, 2012
Amtrak Heritage Unit 66 leading what was then thought to be the last Reno Fun Train.
Milpitas, CA - Monday, March 26, 2012
UP Olympian 2001 in Milpitas.
San Jose, CA - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Amtrak Heritage Unit 66 in San Jose
Niles Canyon, Sunol, CA - Saturday, July 12, 2012
Various photos on a trip to test video gear shooting steam.

2012 Trip East

July

July 24, 2012
Tuesday - On this day I let myself sleep in at the Motel 6 by the airport. Then I went to Depew to check out the action there before driving on back roads to Letchworth State Park, NY to see the big trestle. I went via Arcade. Then, I drove to Olean.
July 25, 2012
Wednesday - On this day I followed the Driftwood Turn from Olean to Driftwood and Back.
July 26, 2012
Thursday - On this day I chased the train from Olean to Falconer. In Falconer I shot ME2, the job from Meadville to Falconer, which arrived during a huge storm. Then, I followed the job back to Olean.
July 27, 2012
Friday - On this day I rode the OL3, DFT from Olean to Port Allegany PA and return. Then I left Olean and drove to Altoona, PA.
July 28, 2012
Saturday - This day I was around Altoona and visited Horseshoe Curve. I was tired from the previous day's drive from Olean, so I did not push for an early start. My goals were to shoot around Altoona, go to Horseshoe Curve and to check out the other sights in and around Altoona.
July 29, 2012
Sunday - This day I followed the NS line west of Altoona. This Sunday was also a low stress day. After waking up and checking out of my room at the Altoona Motel 6.
After chasing trains I drove to Hornell where I stayed in the worst Motel of the trip, an econolodge.
July 30, 2012
On this Monday I started out at the run down Econolodge in Hornell, NY. I drove to Cohoton to catch the Bath and Hammondsport job...
July 31, 2012
Tuesday - This day I chased the LAL. I returned to California the next day. This was my last railfanning day of this trip...

Donner Trip

August

August 10, 2012
Late Friday I was on my way to Donner Pass to railfan with Ken Compton. I stopped in Roseville, CA and shot the family days train...
August 11, 2012
I was in Donner Pass with Ken Compton. An EB no grainer came in first thing in the morning and we tried, and failed to catch it at Eder. It seemed that mostly we got trains going away from us this day...
August 12, 2012
I was in Donner Pass with Ken Compton. This morning was much calmer than the previous. We broke camp first thing and parked my car. We then heard on the radio some eastbounds coming...

Single day or less outings

Trips in the second half of 2012 of a single day or less.

Donner Pass, CA - Thursday, September 27, 2012
On this day I chased Legendary steam locomotive No. 844, with Ken and Craig, on the sixth leg of the UP 150 Express, a multi-segment tour celebrating Union Pacific's 150th anniversary over Donner Pass.
San Jose, CA - Friday, November 9, 2012
On this day I caught the movement of the former Spirit of Washington F-units from Stockton to Watsonville in San Jose at College Park.

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