Saturday, July 28, 2007

Spirit of Washington, Part Three

Train on trestle

Part 3 of 3
The last of my three part coverage of the Spirit of Washington on June 8, 2007. This is the train on its former route between Renton and Woodinville, Washington. This provides an overview of all three short videos with special coverage of the return of the day's lunch charter and the dinner train on the spectacular trestle near Bellevue. This also features the Oriskany Strings song, The Train Don't Run Here Anymore.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Fourth of July with Friends

Fireworks in Santa Clara

Fourth of July 2007 Party
Yesterday we went to our friends Tyler and Mary's house where we had wine and great food with them and other friends [photos.] That was a lot of fun. After the movie we went to a nearby park and saw an impressive fireworks show. I shot video of the fireworks and edited it into the film you see here. This film is also posted on YouTube.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Jellyfish Lullaby

Jelly Fish

Last weekend we went to the aquarium
I was very impressed. I created this short movie that contains some of my impressions. It is available above in Quicktime format or it can be viewed here on YouTube.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Spirit of Washington, Part Deux

Spirit of Washington Train

Spirit of Washington Train, Part Two
On June 8, 2007 I shot video of the Spirit of Washington, a dinner train, that runs from Renton to Woodinville, Washington. It uses rare locomotives called F-units. The track it runs on is due to be removed for a highway project and it only has about a month left to run. They ran two Spirit trains on June 8, including a lunch charter train for employees of T-mobile. The Quicktime movie above is the train after it left Renton. This video focuses on the train in Woodinville, Washington. This follows part one, previously released.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Spirit of Washington

Spirit of Washington

I am in Yakima, which looks amazingly like Barstow
Except, it does not have as many trains as Barstow. Yesterday I had a great day of train chasing. I shot the Spirit of Washington, a dinner train, that runs from Renton to Woodinville, Washington. It uses rare locomotives called F-units. The track it runs on is due to be removed for a highway project and it only has about a month left to run. They ran two Spirit trains yesterday, including a lunch charter train for employees of T-mobile. The Quicktime movie above is the train leaving Renton, followed by the also soon to be retired freight train.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Train Meet at Mott, May 31, 2007

Meet at Mott

Meet at Mott, May 31, 2007
These two Northbound Union Pacific freights met today at Mott siding, just on the former SP Shasta line. As the trains met clouds rolled in from an approaching thunder storm. I am heading north and this seven minute Track Warrants video is the first for this trip. I am on the road! This was Quicktime Video shot less than five hours ago and edited in a campground near Ashland on my laptop and posted using a nearby open wireless network.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Farewell to SP Commutes and U-Boats

SP Finales

SP Finales, 1985, Farewell to Commutes and U-Boats
In the Summer of 1985 SP power stopped being used on the peninsula commute trains. Meanwhile, across the bay, some of SP's last U-boats were being scrapped. This video, converted from super-eight Kodachrome movies, captures that period. As these movies were silent, this video includes the song "What I'm Missing" by Everyday Jones.

Friday, May 18, 2007

SP Scab Trains of Altamont Pass, 1985

UP and SP Trains on Altamont Pass

"Scab Trains" of Altamont Pass
In May of 1985 the Southern Pacific Railroad was preparing for a possible union strike. To train its management crews to operate trains in the absence of union crews, the SP conducted management training on the embargoed SP rail line over Altamont Pass. The union train crews called these the scab trains. It was SP's last use of this famous line.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A Mother's Day Story

A mother's day story

My older son's are now grown men with families of their own. This video, taken from family movies and told from their mother's perspective, shows the world when they were little as told to the music of Heather Sullivan.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

International Double Stack

International Train

International Stack Train on Tehachapi
On April 29, 2006 this double stack train was seen going over the Tehachapi mountains with locomotives from Canada, the US and Mexico. This power set contained BNSF, CN and Ferromex power. This train with its unusual power set is shown here at Bealville and Caliente California.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Takin' Me Home

SP Commutes 1985

SP Commutes 1985, Volume 1
In the summer of 1985 the Southern Pacific Railroad's commute equipment stopped operating on the San Francisco peninsula and was replaced by Caltrain. This ended over 100 years of SP commute operations on the San Francisco peninsula. This short Track Warrants video, converted from silent Super8 movies, captures that period. As well as the film, this video features the music of Heather Sullivan.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

SP4449 Steamer Goes North

SP4449 heads north

SP4449 Heads North, June 1984
I just recently had some super8 movies I shot during the 1980's converted to digital video. This short movie clip was made of the World's Fair Daylight returning to Portland in 1984. My then very young sons and I chased the train north. This video is unpublished and features a full daylight train with McCloud steam, SP, Amtrak and even some BCR Alco action. Since the film was silent, some music from the band Everyday Jones was dubbed in to give it a bit of a Winterail flavor.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Bill Darrough Story

The Bill Darrough Story

The Bill Darrough Story
As shown at Winterail 2007

The photos in this show were taken by Bill Darrough and/or are from the collection of Bill and Jack Darrough. This is an amazing collection of photographs. In a conversation with Bill Darrough's brother Jack in August of 1988 Jack said, "Bill died in 1942, he was 22 years-old. He suffered from severe teenage acne and they had treated it with massive doses of radiation, which at the time was thought harmless. The radiation cleared his acne but Bill died of cancer." According to Jack, he and Bill came from a railroad family. The members of a railroaders family were then given passes and could travel free on the nation's passenger trains. The period that Bill lived in was near the climax of the era of steam railroading in this country. Jack said Bill would pack two suitcases, one with film and the other with sandwiches and the young man would go on trips alone photographing trains. In my opinion had he lived he would have been one of the greatest railroad photographers of the twentieth century. It is an amazing story and so my son Ken and I are trying to tell it.

This 20 minute quicktime seven video breaks my rules for this podcast. Generally, I plan to keep these videos to less than 15 minutes in length. I would like to have as many of these videos as I can short enough to be viewed on a coffee break.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Stacks and Steel at Bealville

Stacks and Steel and Bealville

Stacks and Steel at Bealville
Bealville East 01, April 29, 2006

This 11.5 minute Quicktime Seven video shows a steel and a stack train climbing east out of Bealville, CA last Spring. Hard working BNSF action is captured in this video.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mojave West

Mojave West 01

Mojave West 01, April 30, 2006
This short video shows several trains in and around Mojave, CA last Spring. Both UP and BNSF action is captured in this video.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Jeff comments on previous train

Jeff comments on train

Jeff comments on 1983 train
Jeff Sloan, then five, comments on the train in the previous post. Like the previous post this Video is in Quick Time 7 format, download free viewer.

Santa Fe Train 1983

Santa Fe 1983

Santa Fe, Near Collier, CA, 1983
In the summer of 1983 I borrowed a VHS tape deck and a camera and went out and shot some video. It was the first video I ever shot and the beginning of the end of my film making for about 20 years. After sitting around about 24 years this early tape is in pretty bad shape. But, here is one clip that is barely salvaged. This is the face of railroading not so long ago.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Wonderful Madison

Best Moment Of Your Life

The Best Moment of Your Entire Life
When I gave this assignment to my class I told them I would also do the assignment. So, here is my video. It was actually not an easy assignment and I put a lot of thought into it.

This features Madison
Madison is my two year-old granddaughter.

Fun with trains and light

BNSF Train at Tunnel 2 Tehachapi

Train approaching Tunnel Two in Tehachapis
I have been coming to the Tehachapi Mountains to photograph trains for many years. This video was shot in a location I have been trying to catch a train in for awhile. It requires just the right light, a train at just the right time and is best this time of year when the hills are green. Saturday evening, March 24, 2007 the timing was right on!

As well as shooting this video, I shot the train on Kodachrome 25 slide film, my last roll of Kodachrome perhaps ever. I edited the video at my room in the Motel 6 in Mojave, CA as other trains rolled by. I asked for, and got, this motel room in their little used wing facing tracks. I even opened the window so you can hear the trains really well. It sounds like they are running right through the room. Too cool! This is my favorite motel in the world!

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Union Pacific Train at Bealville

UP train at Bealville

UP Train at Bealville
This was shot on March 24, 2007 from a hill I have been photographing from for probably 30 years. It has great light and I love the way the shadows stretch out in the afternoon behind the train. I especially love the green grass and how it blows in the wind. The clicking sound you hear is the lens cap flapping in the wind. Yes, I learned to secure it better. Listen especially for the birds in this video. They are loving the Spring too!

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