Hot Shot Z Trains

Hot Shot Z Trains

In the last portion of the 20th Century, this train was known on the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe as the 991. Seen here, the ZWSPNBY speeds through Empire, CA., on a warm afternoon. This train crew is doing their best to make up time as computers in Fort Worth, TX., are causing havoc system wide. Meanwhile, the Amtrak California San Joaquin train I was aiming for, leaves a trail of dust in the distance.

©FranksRails Photography, LLC.

Posted by FranksRails Photography, LLC. on 2017-08-21 15:44:23

Tagged: , Ambulance , EMS , Police , Firefighter , Pierce , Orion , Southern Pacific , Asti , Cloverdale , Amtrak , FranksRails Photography LLC. , Caltrain , AMTK , JPBX , UP , CDTX , Coast , Sub , Peninsula , Union , Pacific , California , Autoracks , Long , Exposures , Time , Lapses , VTA , Railroad , New , Flyer , Gillig , Rapid , Routes , Trains , Busses , Rails , S.M.A.R.T. , Sonoma-Marin , Area , Rail , Transit , DMU , Nippon , Sharyo , CHP , Sonoma County Sheriff , California Highway Patrol , Golden Gate Transit , North Western Pacific Railroad , NWP , NWPRR , KSFO , San Francisco International Airport , Boeing , Airbus , Embraer , Canadair , United Airlines , American Airlines , British Airlines , Luftansa , KLM , UAE , Corvette , C2 , Southwest Airlines , Modesto , MAX , Modesto Area Transit , StaRT , Stanislaus Regional Transit , Gillig Phantom , MAX Gillig Phantom

203 | 365 | Eat

203 | 365 | Eat

I love that the graffiti says "U SUCK DICK" (right above my head), "EAT ME" and "I LOVE SOMEONE SPECIAL." 🙂

I take photos in front of graffiti and then read the graffiti after I upload the photo to my computer. I suppose I should pay more attention, but I like discovering things like this in my photos after the fact.

This may be the last photo I take outside without snow for a while. We got about 4 inches, somewhat unexpectedly, at around 4:00 p.m. today. The weather people couldn’t quite predict how this "dusting" would turn out.

Snow photo tomorrow, maybe.

—–

"Hey, you got a sweet tooth
And I remember
A sweeter treat
Uh, you beat your meat
I know you do it
I know you do it
Oh, you got a sweet tooth
And I remember
Standing on the corner
With a piece of pizza
Eat to the beat"

—–

Eat to the Beat – Blondie

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVI11IpmQzo

Posted by DavidNewEngland on 2010-12-21 00:02:55

Tagged: , Project 365 , Portrait , Self Portrait , DavidNewEngland , David Sullivan , Gay , Man , Beard , Salt and Pepper , Graffiti , Bridge , Railroad

Farewell, Ridgely Tower

Farewell, Ridgely Tower

Ridgely Tower in Springfield, Illinois, was until recently the last tower in the United States that still operated switches mechanically using connections made of iron pipe that linked the tower’s levers with switches hundreds of feet away.

The closing of Ridgely Tower was contemplated at least 40 years ago, but four railroads later, the deed has finally been done. At 8 a.m. today, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Union Pacific dispatchers in Omaha, Nebraska took control of the plant as signal and track forces worked to cut over the new solid state interlocking that took over from the ancient strong-arm levers and free-wired relay circuitry. The operators will remain to perform a lonely vigil till Thursday, when the last operator walks out the door forever.

Though long anticipated, the end of Ridgely comes like a loss of a loved one.

Ridgely Tower had a 108-year run, and its life spanned an era of incredible change. The tower had seven owners over its lifetime: Chicago & Alton, through the Alton, GM&O, ICG, CM&W, SP, and UP era. This humble wooden structure has been dusted with the smoke of C&A steam engines, GM&O F units, ICG GP30s, SP tunnel motors, and UP GEVOs. The tower’s operators once determined trains’ locations using their telegraph keys and sounders, but in later days used telephone, radio, and a computer display from UP’s dispatching system to track train movements. As of today, Ridgely is just another CTC control point on a computer screen in Omaha.

Farewell, Ridgely Tower.

Posted by Jon R. Roma on 2010-06-30 02:03:56

Tagged: , railroad , tower , Union Pacific