To Shiny Rails


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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The Library Train (Aug 20, 2009)

by on Aug.21, 2009, under Uncategorized

Back in college days, if you had some studying to do, you headed for the library. Not being in college any more, but still having some railroad related studying to do and having some unused Amtrak tickets in the drawer, the answer was obvious… Turn the Surfliner into a study hall. I road down and back to Union Station in Los Angeles (from SLO), had lunch at Traxx, got all my reading done, and took a few pictures. All the pics are here:


This picture is of SLC-2 at Vandenberg AFB as seen from the train coming home.

1. Santa Susana Depot
2. Ventura County RR cutoff
3. Old steel bridge in Ventura
4. Misc. stations
5. Scenes along the way
6. Metrolink yard
7. Union Station / Traxx Restaurant
8. NJ Transit train
9. “Stonehenge” at Simi Valley station
10. Launch pads at Vandenberg

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