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North Pole Express (and more)

by on Dec.11, 2010, under Uncategorized

We did a little getaway weekend for Poppa’s birthday! The main event was the North Pole Express at the Fillmore and Western Railroad, but we also got to enjoy the Ventura Harbor, Whodidily Cupcakes, and Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara. All the photos are here:

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CSLRA Fall Meeting and Train Ride

by on Nov.11, 2010, under Uncategorized

Matt and I represented the Santa Maria Valley Railroad at the California Shortline Railroad Association’s (CLSRA) Fall Meeting and Train Ride, November 11-12, 2010. The trip took us from Sacramento to Reno and back over Donner Pass. Plenty of photos here:

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SMVRR Friends supported Speeder Run

by on Apr.10, 2010, under Friends-SMVRR, SMVRR, Uncategorized

The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad supported a speeder run on the SMVRR today.

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Rotary Snowplow Frees BNSF Train (Jan 2010)

by on Feb.09, 2010, under Uncategorized

These photos were taken on the Bellwood Subdivision, between Seward and David City, Nebraska on the BNSF. Seward is about 25 miles west of Lincoln, on the Ravenna Sub. A few blizzards and sub zero temperatures coupled with moderate winds made for a beautiful, but, flash frozen environment. A freight train was snowed in at David City and a rotary snow plow was sent to clear the track of drifts that varied from 6ft or less up to 12ft in spots! The photos were taken on Jan. 8th through Jan. 10th. All the pics are here:


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Moon, Mars, and the Union Pacific

by on Jan.29, 2010, under Uncategorized

What with the full moon and a close encounter with Mars, it seemed a fun night to go try some photography. Here are the best three taken at the Amtrak station in San Luis Obispo. These were handheld, though I think it’s time to get a tripod going.





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Croton Canyon Railroad

by on Sep.09, 2009, under Uncategorized

This is an amazing, somewhat fantastic, O-gauge, 3-rail layout. From their web site: “Croton Canyon RR is an environmental kinetic sculpture, using O gauge model trains as the motion medium. After three years of planning and 14 years of construction, the Croton Canyon Railroad was finally inaugurated in October 2008.”

Don’t miss the videos.

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