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PLA'S 2012 Winterail Photography Special 2/11/2012



Chris Guenzler



We got up and left the Red Roof Inn and drove over Altamont Pass seeing a very short UP Stack Train before we arrived at Sunol for the PLA'S 2012 Winterail Photography Special Trip. We parked in their parking lot and started to take pictures.





The former Southern Pacific Sunol Station. I heard an air horn coming and had to get into position.









Western Pacific F7A 918-D pulled our passenger train into the Sunol Station.





Western Pacific F7A 918-D at rest at the Sunol Station.





Two views of the Western Pacific F7A 918-D at rest at the Sunol Station.





The Sunol Station. I then was one of the first passengers who boarded the train and got to watch how one passenger was boarded.







I had never photographed the use of the wheel chair lift before and it helped this passenger to board the train. Now the rest of our passengers would board the train.





Steve Barry and Otto Vondark where both on board.





A very nice young Railfan and his mom was on the trip as well. The train left for Niles on time.





A view of Niles Canyon.





The PLA Shops were passed next.



The newly restored Clover Valley Lumber 4 was out on display for us as we ran by the shop area.





Southern Pacific 1423.





An old friend Western Pacific 713.





More views of Niles Canyon on the way to Niles this morning.





At Niles we found the Quincy Railroad 2-6-2T 2 on the point of a freight train. Here we detrained for the first photo runby of the day.





The train which brought us all to Niles today.





Western Pacific F7A 918-D.





The engineer of the Western Pacific F7A 918-D.











The passenger train backed down for the first photo runby of the day.









The passenger train did the first photo runby of the day. After that, he backed up and I will show you the cars on the passenger train.





Southern Pacific Baggage 6719.





Southern Pacific Coach 1949



NCRY Open Car 3380.





Western Pacific Coach 315.





Western Pacific F7A 918-D.







Now the Quincy Railroad 2 backs the freight train for photo runby 2.













Quincy Railroad 2 did photo runby 2 at Niles. Now I will show you the cars of the freight train.





NC MW Flat Car 306.





Southern Pacific Box Car 100752.





Milwaukee Road Express Box Car 29330.





NATX Tank Car 8502.





NATX Tank Car 848.





Southern Pacific Caboose 1101.





The freight train was now backing into the siding.







The freight train has backed into the siding.



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