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Night photography is new to me. Here's an attempt at it using my G scale outdoor layout.

Evening in southern Arizona on the Southern Pacific Sunset Route. Two old warhorses, a GP9 and SD45 round the curve east of Tucson on Dragoon Pass. There's a Gyralite and a bay window caboose to help unbox the memories. Enjoy.
 

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Michael Gavin & I ( Like You.) did a Night Trains Run about 8 years ago.

 

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I was born and raised in CA. I don't miss the politics and I hate what it's become, but I miss the SP as it was in the 70's. If I could have been a railfan in the 50's and 60's, that would be the best. The SP now lives in my memory as a spectacular example of what American ingenuity, grit and determination could create. So that's what I'm doing. Thanks for the visit to your F3's and Overnights, especially the target signal system.
 

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I also was born and raised in CA.
S.P was kind of a difference style of Railroading.

When I was a kid, my Dad took me down to the Sacramento S.P. trains yard. Was really great at that time in the 40th's when it was all steam then came more fun in 50's & 60's watching the Diesels . So like you.... lots of memory's.

On videos, we did a lot of night train runs with our small Get-together & BBQ trains group and had to use lot of our home made target Sig. to keep trains blocked.

Anyway we like the detail you did to your GP 9. Looks so real.(y)
 

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Rob,

As Russel suggested its like standing there watching the train travel by, nicely done!

I noted you suggested your video is modeling a curve east of Dragoon Pass near Tucson, AZ. I've been there, specifically to visit Dirk Carmichael of Dragoon, AZ many years ago. Dirk had an inspiring dream of a large multi-faceted layout and was implementing same when he passed. Dirk was an avid modeler and was known for his attention to detail and loved all things diesel. We were working on modeling SD45T2's, SD40T engines, alas all was lost after his passing. Dirk was a good friend and is sorely missed!

By chance are you in Arizona? I grew up in Southern CA, and now reside in Northern, CA. Specifically in Elverta which is about a fifteen minute drive to the former S.P. Davis Yard in Roseville (now UP's yard). Like Dirks place in Dragoon UP rail runs by my property. In my case rail runs north to south adjacent to my property (450' or so from my hangar door), predominately I see BNSF and Amtrak traffic (daily maybe 10-20 trains). The line or rail is known as the Sacramento Subdivision (Stockton north to Sacramento-Yuba City-Oroville).

California has definitely eroded into a Liberal playground and wannabe socialist state, the exodus continues to grow!

I too am an Espee rail nut! As you note the "octopus " is and was an inspiring, prolific network surpassed by none IMO. The plethora of equipment and history thereof is unparalleled, again IMO. I've endeavored to collect and create all the loco's SP worked, steam threw diesel, its a long list and I have a ways to go...

Michael
 

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Michael, I actually live in Cochise, which is a few miles from Dragoon. I can see the Sunset Route from my layout, about a mile away. I've read a lot about Dirk, I missed him by a few years I guess, Too bad, we would have been real good friends.
 

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Rob,

Dirk had grand plans for his layout, it was rather expansive with many aspects of railroading included. Dirks place was about a mile southwest of downtown Dragoon, and just north of the UP double track mainline. Dirk was all about UP but played with SP stuff too. Sounds like you were just around the corner so to speak...

Any chance you have more video of your layout?

Michael
 

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I did a Google Earth on dragoon, and I think I found Dirk's place because there's some Y tracks still in place.

Here's a playlist of my layout.
 

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Rob,

Yeap, I just checked you can see some of the proposed layout, PVC pipe network was used to support/follow the rail path(s). (I wonder how old the sat view is?)

Planning my layout, your videos gave me lots to think about, thanks Rob...

Michael
 
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