Trains of Edmonds, Washington

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Bill Anderson

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My son and I had been photographing trains and birds at Brackett's Landing North the previous day . Another photographer asked me to pose for a photo as I was going back to the pickup. I think it gives me that professional photographer look. ;)

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Thursday afternoon my son and I visited Haines Wharf, one of the city's newest parks.
http://edmondswa.gov/visit-a-park-text-15/parks-map/haines-wharf-park.html

From the viewpoint and parking at street level, the park offers a near view of the tracks looking down....

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and a far view of the tracks looking south.

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I set up the super telephoto package (7DII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x teleconverter) and the wide angle package (5DIII + 24-105L wide angle zoom) to get shots of the afternoon passenger parade. Preceding the passenger parade were two northbound (tt/east) freights.

The first freight rounds the bend.

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and passes the park. Look in the upper left corner past the tall, narrow tree in the foreground. The end of the train has not yet cleared the bend.

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But it had two rear DPU's, one of which was a BNSF Warbonnet.

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I missed the first Sounder rounding the bend, but caught it at the park.

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I was more vigilant and caught the second Sounder rounding the bend. Sometimes you can hear the trains whistling for downtown crossings and sometimes you can't.

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Saturday morning (7-14-18) was one of Puget Sound's lowest tides of the year; so low that people can walk under the Edmonds ferry dock. Service on some other runs to the north is temporarily suspended because the water is too low for the ferries to dock. I took some wide angle shots of a southbound (tt/west) passing Sunset Ave. to illustrate the super low tide.

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That evening my son and I went to the marsh to photograph birds. The Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amtrak #8) was three hours late and had two units.

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A southbound freight had a BNSF War Bonnet as the trailing unit.

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Super telephoto closeup. The Santa Fe War Bonnet is one of the oldest diesel paint schemes in North America. It will be a sad day when the last one disappears under the orange & green Swoop.

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Monday afternoon (7-16-18) my son and I went back to Brackett's Landing North for photos of birds and trains. BNSF and Sound Transit have launched a campaign to discourage people from walking on the tracks.

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I followed a southbound (tt/west) freight with the 7DII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x telephoto zoom. I was surprised there was not more distortion from the heat waves.

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My son took some wide angle shots of the meet with the 4:30 Sounder to show the very low tide.

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I finished up with more photos using the super telephoto package.

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It has been sunny and very warm (for here) this week. The Omaha Posse would feel right at home. :cool:
 



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