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    Both the train and the sun cooperated Sunday evening (7/16/17). However....... I forgot to take the camera out of aperture priority (Av mode for Canon ) and ended up with a shutter speed around 1/60. This is the only shot I got that was not blurred.

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    It will be back to the track tonight to try once again.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Friday afternoon (7/21/17) my son snapped shots of a northbound (tt/east) putting some gulls to flight that had been camping out on the beach.

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    One of Puget Sound's lowest tides of the year occurred Saturday morning (7/22/17). I just missed getting photos of the Chicago-Seattle Empire Builder (Amtrak #7) passing a freight held at MP 18.

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    I knew the Omaha Posse would want better photos of the Geeps on the head end.
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    The freight would sit a few more minutes for the Builder's station stop, so I drove to the marsh. You and the Posse can see the rest of the photos beginning with post 888 on the Pity MP 17 thread.
    http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/...Post-17/page89
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 07-23-2017 at 12:22 PM.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Thursday evening (7/27/17) a two hour late Chicago bound Empire Builder (Amtrak #8) took me by surprise as I was photographing birds over Puget Sound from Sunset Ave. The Builder was pulled by two Genesis units, which has been the exception the past 2-3 years. Our third successive "California" summer produces haze, which is very noticeable in distance shots. I may start experimenting with my circular polarizing filter (CPF) to counter the haze.

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    Nice catch. Amtrak can't seem to run their trains on time anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yard Limit View Post
    Nice catch. Amtrak can't seem to run their trains on time anywhere.
    Since #8 originates in Seattle, I assume it's late departure was due to a late arrival of #7 earlier in the day.

    Does anyone know the turnaround time for the Builder, i.e., how long it takes to clean and restock the train? I know that if #7 is waaaay behind schedule, it will be terminated in Spokane with passengers bused between Spokane and Seattle.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yard Limit View Post
    Nice catch. Amtrak can't seem to run their trains on time anywhere.
    In order to get them back on time, they need to be assigned top priority, even before "Z" trains. In the "good old days" (which never were), passenger trains had top priority because of the mail contracts. BNSF and UP wouldn't be pleased with this notion.. Then you need to have enough train sets to avoid turn around delays... and not least, the railroads once competed on, among other things, having the best on time passenger performance.

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    Friday morning (7/28/17) an ABA trio of Geeps headed up a southbound (tt/west) freight (Gold Bar Turn?) that contained a mix of cars. I can't resist taking photos of these old units, even if they are grab shots. The diesels returned later that evening as a light power hop, which you can see on the MP 17 thread.

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    Is that A-B-A set always on the same train?

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    Thursday evening (8/3/17) A Boeing bunker train was held at MP 18 for a meet with the Seattle-Vancouver, BC Cascades. With record setting high temps in the region, the crew was sure to put those air conditioning on the Geeps to good use earlier in the day.

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    The one that got away: Notice the smog in the background? This week heat, stagnant air, and smoke from wildfires in British Columbia have combined to give us spectacular sunsets in the Puget Sound region. After the Cascades passed, the bunker train pulled out before I could position myself to take what would have been great shots of the low, orange sun behind it.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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