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Date: 03/25/20 10:17
Catching Up
Author: z-trains

I don't think you can get more socially distant than being out in the Mojave for a day. My dad and I went out to Ludlow yesterday to just get out of the house and wound up catching a surprising number of trains, considering well, everything going on. I also have a bit of a queue to post from last month so let's go!

-An eastbound BNSF train out of Hobart approaches the Washington St. grade crossing in Riverside. Always wanted to get the hogback here but hadn't been able to with my 7D until I purchased my 100-400 in December.
-Another eastbound out of Hobart climbs upgrade towards West Riverside.
-On another day, the southbound Brooklyn Z heads towards the summit at Hiland as it exits Phelan, California.








Date: 03/25/20 10:18
Re: Catching Up
Author: z-trains

-A westbound passes by the Mojave River bridge on old Route 66 as it approaches East Victorville.
-Another westbound, this time at Hodge.
-We attempted to go to Trona on that day but were informed that they wouldn't be running until after sunset. A northbound with a healthy mix of power heads through Hinkley.








Date: 03/25/20 10:19
Re: Catching Up
Author: z-trains

-Yesterday morning the Needles Subdivision was really hopping. An eastbound manifest heads into Ludlow.
-Another eastbound with a pristine looking Executive Mac 3rd out heads upgrade towards West Ash Hill.
-Vistas are great. Another eastbound heads into Ash Hill.








Date: 03/25/20 10:22
Re: Catching Up
Author: z-trains

-As a westbound autorack train heads up the balloon track, an eastbound drifts downgrade towards West Siberia.
-Another eastbound that we had caught previously at Ludlow (posted below out of order) curves through Trojan.
-The train at Ludlow.








Date: 03/25/20 10:23
Re: Catching Up
Author: z-trains

-We found a really cool mural featuring the old Santa Fe mascot Chico on the side of a wall at East Siberia.
-Another train passes it.
-And another.








Date: 03/25/20 10:26
Re: Catching Up
Author: z-trains

-After the sun swung around we relocated to East Siberia to catch a parade of westbounds. I love the vista of the mountains in the background.
-Another westbound. Love the SD75 (can't tell if it's an I or an M and I don't care to look it up, so don't get pedantic) second out on this one.
-Another westbound is illuminated through the gaps of an eastbound.








Date: 03/25/20 10:30
Re: Catching Up
Author: z-trains

-We chased a westbound down to Lavic after stopping for some much needed water. Despite being a port train this one didn't stretch around the curves.
-But this one did. Lots of interesting stuff on this one, including an SD70MACe mid-train DPU. First time I've seen midtrains on a domestic stack in a few years.
-Finally, as the sun was setting another monster stack passed by.

Thanks for looking!

-Zach








Date: 03/25/20 10:41
Re: Catching Up
Author: jtwlunch

Excellent series of shots, great composition and that new lens is nice.



Date: 03/25/20 10:44
Re: Catching Up
Author: King_Coal

Very nice day out. Thanks for sharing.



Date: 03/25/20 10:46
Re: Catching Up
Author: Ritzville

Very NICE series! Looks like you had FUN time!

​Larry



Date: 03/25/20 10:46
Re: Catching Up
Author: KimHeusel

Great series of images. This place is on my bucket list.

Kim Heusel



Date: 03/25/20 11:09
Re: Catching Up
Author: tgcostello

Really nice work, Z. 
A friend turned me on to the Canon 100-400mm about a decade ago, it is a terrific lens.  Did you purchase the newer design with the twist to zoom feature?  I have the older "trombone" push to zoom out, pull to zoom in.  Works quite well with trains but was a bear when filming sports.
Tim Costello



Date: 03/25/20 11:16
Re: Catching Up
Author: SCUfoamer

Every single one of these is an absolute banger! Nice work!



Date: 03/25/20 18:36
Re: Catching Up
Author: bobk

Great shots!



Date: 03/26/20 05:08
Re: Catching Up
Author: ns1000

Nice pics!!



Date: 03/26/20 09:57
Re: Catching Up
Author: z-trains

tgcostello Wrote:
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> Really nice work, Z. 
> A friend turned me on to the Canon 100-400mm about
> a decade ago, it is a terrific lens.  Did you
> purchase the newer design with the twist to zoom
> feature?  I have the older "trombone" push to
> zoom out, pull to zoom in.  Works quite well with
> trains but was a bear when filming sports.
> Tim Costello

The newer one - I'm considering eventually selling my 70-200mm and using the 100-400 as my primary telephoto since I hardly use the former anymore, so having the ability to carry it around and use it handheld was a serious selling point.

-Zach



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