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On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

In this image, the train has just crossed California Highway 88 and is dropping away from Martell. In the distance, you can see the GP mill where the forest products on the train were produced. The distinctive water tower is about all that is left today. It is the centerpiece in a roundabout at a strip mall development that replaced the lumber mill.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

In this image, the train is heading west out of AMC's yard at Martell.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

The train has just crossed California Highway 88 and is dropping away from Martell. Today, you can ride a motor car from Ione to the grade crossing in the distance. All AMC track beyond that point has been dismantled.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

In this image, the train is heading west out of AMC's yard at Martell.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

In this image, the train is crossing California Highway 88 near Ione.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool. This photo of the train was taken during the time it was stopped near Sunnybrook.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

Here, the train is continuing its journey west. It is between Martell and Sunnybrook.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

In this view, the train has arrived at the Southern Pacific interchange yard in Ione. The track in the foreground is AMC's line to Martell.

Warm summer evening in Amador County wine country.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

Here, the train is continuing its journey west. It is between Martell and Sunnybrook.

I have been wanting to do this kind of shot for a little bit. I had a friend give me an old barn door. I took some time to prepare it for this and other uses.

 

Strobist:

Godox TT685F with a grid onto wood camera left

Godox TT685F as key camera left

Godox TT685F in a strip light setup camera right

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

A distinctive feature of the Southern Pacific yard at Ione was the nearby spire of the United Methodist Church, visible in this image.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

This was our last AMC shot for the day. Afterward, we returned to Ione to find the Southern Pacific local that was coming to Ione to pick up the loads AMC had brought out that morning. It was nice to see AMC rolling along up the hill.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

This image at Ione shows AMC 9 switching out chip cars for the return to Martell.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

The AMC 9 is in the interchange yard at Ione, after cutting off the inbound loads. The former SP depot is at left.

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

This image at Ione shows AMC 9 switching out chip cars for the return to Martell.

The A.C. (Calzada de Amador) is located at the southern entrance of the Panama Canal stretching nearly three kilometers into the Pacific Ocean. This popular causeway features many tourists-related venues and activities including hotels, restaurants, jogging and biking trails.

(Wikipedia)

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

In this shot, AMC 9 is backing its outbound train up to clear the switch for AMC's line up the hill to Martell.

The clouds over the Vino Noceto vineyards in Amador County yesterday were amazing!

La calle Amador Creek bordea el riachuelo (creek) del mismo nombre. A la derecha se puede ver la tienda Chichizola, aledaña al hotel Imperial, y riachuelo queda a mano derecha. Al otro lado del riachuelo se encuetral el hotel Amador.

Campeonato de Longboard, Circuito Petrobrás. Recreio, Praia do Pontal, Quiosque do Rico. 23 a 15/11/07

On the day before Winterail in 1993, I chased a train on the Amador Central Railroad. At the time, AMC was one of California's more exotic shortlines, even though it operated just under a dozen miles of track. It was notable for having a motive power roster of two ancient Baldwin S-12s.

 

AMC was owned by Georgia Pacific, hauling forest products from GP's mill in Martell to the Southern Pacific interchange at Ione. Westbound trains descended over 1,200 feet in elevation as they dropped out of the Sierra foothills. The grade was severe enough that AMC trains stopped halfway down the hill to let the brakes and wheels cool.

 

The train is departing Ione for Martell in this shot, with a cut of empty chip cars on the drawbar.

A recent sunset near Plymouth, CA.

Parte de la vista al pasear por Amador donde el asfalto, mar, lanchas y ciudad se unen en un mismo disparo.

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Waterfall along Middle Bar Road near Jackson California

While driving through Amador County, my wife stopped on the side of the highway to snap this photo. I cropped out the roadway and came away with this panoramic shot. Working in Lightroom was easy with this image. The colors were all there.

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Paisagem Joao Pessoa e Pernambuco

An abandoned cabin on New Chicago Road in Amador City, California.

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