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Date: 12/06/18 18:45
One shot; that is all I got today
Author: 2ebright

Cabin fever got the best of me this week, so I managed to escape to my favorite train watching spot; Silver Zone Pass in eastern Nevada. I posted some shots of the UP Wendover local that I encountered on the trip to Wendover yesterday. Today I wanted to go off road out to the Arnolds Loop area on Silver Zone Pass and try to get a “do over” of a shot that I did several years ago. So, today, the ground was snow covered and mostly frozen right at the surface. 4WD was a must; I actually never took my Jeep out of 4WD at all today. The Silver Zone area is only rarely visited by anyone except a crazy railfan, occasional hunter or rock hound. I practically never see anybody and today was no exception. I used to be able to get my Jeep right to my photo spot. But some gully washer storms a few years ago washed out the “road” badly and now I have to park and hike about a half mile. I got to the area just after daybreak and did not see my first, and only, train until 2PM. Such is the traffic level on the UP Shafter sub these days. Nevertheless, the sun was shining brightly, no wind and around 15-20 degrees.  I got my shot (#1 below). It was the GMGLTR-02 (Grain-Milling-Council Bluffs-Traver, CA).  As I was leaving  I encountered this nice buck (#2) That was it; only one daylight train and one buck for this really short-light time of year.
 
Dick Ebright
Roosevelt, Utah
 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/07/18 16:24 by 2ebright.






Date: 12/06/18 18:47
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: UP951West

And a mighty fine it was. Thanks for sharing. 



Date: 12/06/18 18:58
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: exhaustED

Great shots, stunning light! How did you stay warm?!



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Date: 12/06/18 19:10
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: 4489

I for one am thankful that the second shot was with a camera!

Let the haters commence!



Date: 12/06/18 19:17
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: exhaustED

4489 Wrote:
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> I for one am thankful that the second shot was
> with a camera!

Agreed.



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Date: 12/06/18 19:22
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: DKay

Stunning photos and location.Thanks for posting.
Regards,dK



Date: 12/06/18 20:05
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: TCnR

Great photo, rare location, nice pop from the background.
Extra points for the temperature.



Date: 12/06/18 20:44
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: JDLX

I was out running around in Pilot Valley with some others on Tuesday, we came close to getting stuck partway up the base of the peak in your shot.  I made a day trip to Salt Lake yesterday, actually a busy day on the old WP....we passed two westbound grain trains yesterday morning, one just west of Ola and the other just east of Knolls, then last night we say two more westbounds, one near the Pilot Peak mine and the other in the Shafter area. 

Nice shots as always Dick.  Thanks for posting!  And there is actually quite a deer herd that winters in the Silver Zone pass area...

Jeff Moore
Elko, NV



Date: 12/06/18 20:46
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: robj

Two nice photos, nice day to be out and thanks for info.

Bob

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Date: 12/06/18 21:09
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: zfan

Both great pics, and thanks for the effort.  I know how difficult it is to get in there.  Same with places west of there, like Shafter and Hogan tunnel. 



Date: 12/06/18 21:45
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: Coalca

Really like both shots, nice buck! Thanks for sharing



Date: 12/06/18 23:30
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: photobob

Wow that sure beats your basic overpass shot. That's a beautiful location and well worth the effort.

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography



Date: 12/07/18 00:33
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: coach

Going back to WP days, just how busy was this line on a regular day?



Date: 12/07/18 04:07
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: jmbreitigan

Bravo Dick.



Date: 12/07/18 04:27
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: Korigaoka1811

Nice train, beautiful animal.  (And I'm with you, 4489.)

John



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Date: 12/07/18 08:17
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: SP8595

Great pair!



Date: 12/07/18 08:45
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: donner_dude1

coach Wrote:
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> Going back to WP days, just how busy was this line
> on a regular day?

I can't address the WP days but during 1990's the old WP running 20+- trains a day on the line. 



Date: 12/07/18 14:29
Re: One shot; that is all I got today
Author: mojaveflyer

Dick... Both shots are great! Thanks for sharing and it's sad the Shafter Sub is down to one train a day in the daylight... 

James Nelson
Thornton, CO



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