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Railfanning Dunsmuir area

where is a good spot to railfan in dunsmuir and or the dunsmuir area also is their a good spot to railfan in lakehead
Wow, where is there NOT a good spot! Up above Dunsmuir is Cantara Loop, and up above that numerous spots. Down below the same, lots of access roads that give you good shooting points. A county road map is good. Can't go wrong around there! Pay attention to the time of day when shooting in the canyon below Dunsmuir. Light will make all the difference.


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Dunsmuir itself is a good place to start. Working turntable, plus a water tank with speed-lettered Southern Pacific and murals still painted on it, also two long wooden sheds that used to hold cab-forward 4-8-8-2 helpers. Good eats in town(take your pick). Good local "shoots" are at the depot, up the frontage road north of town where the overpass crossing the tracks makes a nice capture point for incoming trains, as well as Castle Crags and the aforementioned Cantara Loop. The south end of the yard and beyond, as mentioned, does provide more opportunities(as Beverly helper said, gotta watch the light)
. A "stuffed and mounted" SP 2-6-0 is north of town, and a motel consisting of cabooses(still in business I believe) is also nearby. This oughta get you started.
Lots of good places around Dunsmuir and the Shasta Route.

My favorite locations would be inside the city itself, Shasta Retreat, Pioneer, Upton, Black Butte, Andesite, and Cougar. To the south there's Castella, Castle Crags, Gibson, and O' Brien. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.