Foamers and "normals" line the Embarcadero for UP 844's trip South... May 22nd, 2009, what could be the most memorable railfanning day I've ever had......
It's about 8:15AM, and UP 844 is all hot and steamy in the Oakland Yard getting ready to head to Stockton, via Altamont Pass.
Steam in s-curves... UP 844 chugs up the 1.0% grade, rounding the S-Curves just East of Livermore.
UP 844 rumbles South at 50MPH, splitting the US&S searchlight signals on the Coast Subdivision at Milepost 15.7.
Wide angle view of 844 rolling into Stockton Depot.
Here comes the 844 -- and a caravan of pacers!
UP 844 makes easy work of the 1.00% grade to the summit of Altamont Pass on the rails of the former Western Pacific Railroad. Her destination today is Stockton, CA.
UP 844 enters a set of s-curves East of Livermore leading the Western Tour Excursion. Per radio chatter later in the day, they had boiler issues pulling into Stockton.
Steamy streets! UP 844 creeps at a snails' pace down Jack London Square, which is lined with railfans, lookie-loos and people just passing by. I'm unsure of the last time JLS saw mainline s... (more)