Southern Pacific Locomotive 2472

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Former Southern Pacific Locomotive 2472 steams through Niles Canyon. Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921, and used by the Southern Pacific Railroad until its retirement in 1956, No. 2472 was restored to operation by the Pacific Locomotive Association in 1999. The 150 ton steam locomotive now runs through Niles Canyon as part of the Niles Canyon Railway.
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Steam and Diesel: Quincy Railroad #2 and Western Pacific 918D

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Niles Canyon Railways’ steam engine Quincy Railroad Company No. 2, an ALCO 2-6-2T built in 1924, and the Western Pacific 918-D, a 1950 built General Motors EMD F-7 Diesel share the tracks at Vallejo Mills near Sunol, California.
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Southern Pacific Locomotive 2472

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Southern Pacific Locomotive 2472 at the western entrance to Niles Canyon. Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921, and used by the Southern Pacific Railroad until its retirement in 1956, No. 2472 was restored to operation by the Pacific Locomotive Association in 1999. The 150 ton steam locomotive now runs through Niles Canyon as part of the Niles Canyon Railway.
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Venting Steam

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Quincy Railroad No. 2 vents steam at the NCRy Sunol Depot. Built in 1924 by ALCO in Schenectady, NY, the Quincy Railroad No. 2 spent the first few years of its career hauling rock, concrete, and very large gasoline-powered shovels for the construction of the Bucks Ranch Dam from 1925 to 1927. No. 2 regularly pulled finished lumber and other freight for the Quincy Railroad until 1945 when it was relegated to standby status. In 1970 she was sold to the Iron Horse Railway in Hayward, CA and pulled excursion trains for the Castro Point Railway in Richmond through the 70’s & 80’s. The No.2 began operating for the Niles Canyon Railway in 1992, pulling passenger excursion trains on a regular schedule until it was put in the shop in August of 2000 for a major overhaul, returning to service on the NCRy in of June 2002.
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Quincy Railroad No. 2 Steam Engine

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Quincy Railroad No. 2 pulls a passenger train through Niles Canyon for the Niles Canyon Railway. Built in 1924 by ALCO in Schenectady, NY, the Quincy Railroad No. 2 spent the first few years of its career hauling rock, concrete, and very large gasoline-powered shovels for the construction of the Bucks Ranch Dam from 1925 to 1927. No. 2 regularly pulled finished lumber and other freight for the Quincy Railroad until 1945 when it was relegated to standby status. In 1970 she was sold to the Iron Horse Railway in Hayward, CA and pulled excursion trains for the Castro Point Railway in Richmond through the 70’s & 80’s. The No.2 began operating for the Niles Canyon Railway in 1992, pulling passenger excursion trains on a regular schedule until it was put in the shop in August of 2000 for a major overhaul, returning to service on the NCRy in of June 2002.
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Learning Patience

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DeWolf_20120104_6192When I envisioned myself as a landscape photographer I thought how easy it would be to shoot “static” scenes. Wrong.

One of the most memorable times that debunked that misconception was a time when I was shooting in downtown Chicago. I noticed the way sunlight fell on one of the bridge towers along the Chicago River while I was aiming the camera at something else. I promised myself to come back the following week and get that shot.

I returned about ten days later and set up. I waited for over an hour for the scene to recreate itself. I kept checking my watch, reassuring myself that I was there at the right time. When the light failed to cast its glory on the tower, I realized that the early autumn sun was lower in the sky than it was ten days ago. The buildings now blocked it and the bridge tower would not be re-illuminated for another six months . . . plus ten days.

And how about those great scenes where you set up your tripod only to find the clouds managed to get between your subject and your light source. Those high clouds move so sloooowly. And just when that cloud looks like its going to get out of the way, a driver parks his car smack in the middle of your masterpiece.

This train picture took almost two hours. Every time I travel this road, it seems traffic is stopped for a train. It’s also one of the busiest lines in the country. To my chagrin, I waited an hour for the first train. When it did arrive the oncoming train was blocked by a train going in the opposite direction. Eventually, it worked.

You get the idea. Landscape photography has it’s own challenges as does portrait photography where that “little darling” won’t cooperate.

The best way to deal with these frustrations? Say, “cheese”.

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