Back in 1903 the Sacramento Southern Railroad (SSRR) was created to operate freight from Sacramento to Walnut Grove, a distance of 24.3 miles (39.1 km). By the 1970s the SSRR had diminished in use due to truck freight and the rail line was abandoned. The California State Railroad Museum acquired the rail property and started passenger excursions in 1982. Recently a resurgence in rail freight operations revitalized the train by Union Pacific Railroad, and expansion farther south into the Sacramento River Delta is planned.
Today, the State Railroad Museum runs short passenger excursions eastward along the Sacramento River Levee.
In this view is a SSRR switcher locomotive hauling classical passenger coaches.
A number of our California railroad lines (tracks) are jointly used today by freight and passenger trains, like Amtrak.
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chrisvek (7001) 2013-09-02 16:12
Very good photo with splendid composition and amazing details of symmetry.Nic lightning usage and splendid atmosphere too.Very good job.Well done.
All the best
drt100 (2095) 2013-09-02 16:22
There is always something special about trains. I wish they were not so expensive these days to travel by. Years ago I came into Sacramento from Portland via train ... that also was many many years back ... and this also brings memories.
I have no doubt you will see the great things of Italy. Take a cruise ship ... and see many ports and cities ... Not as expensive as the train.
bukitgolfb301 (39676) 2013-09-02 16:58
Hi dear Ray
Very intresting image.When I was a elementary school student, I was a fun of locomotives and trains. Very sharp and clear image with nice metalic good taste.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good day!
mcmtanyel (19759) 2013-09-02 21:14
Excellent POV, good framing and light management - never mind the fact that it is a photo of a train! Well seen and documented, TFS.
Miguel82 (27277) 2013-09-03 4:13
A nice conversion for that historical rail line Ray,
Good photo comment and pov, it's a good way to highlight these old trains and keep them in function
Noel_Byrne (29235) 2013-09-03 5:02
Even as a grown up, I have to admmit to an almost childlike fascination with trains, especially ones which to me are exotic, like this one! Perhaps you see these every day, but our trains in Ireland are totally different, and nowhere near as strong and powerful looking as this. Sadly, our trains seem to be dying out through lack of use and investment, so nice to see yours are still well used. Excellent point of view on this fine train.
All the best
kabel (1924) 2013-09-03 7:52
Hello Ray, wonderful train image especially from the point of view you chose with the adjacent rail tracks providing a sense of perspective and depth to the overall image. A nice additional to your transportation theme you have going on with the wagon and the paddle boat from old time California.
I always look forward to your photos of California which is my home state as well,
eldancer1 (35535) 2013-09-04 9:43
I like those old trains, the Southern Nevada Railroad Museum have one running on the weekends but I like the steam engines, I hope they'll have one running for Christmas holidays. Nice pov and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Silvio1953 (136797) 2013-09-04 10:25
Ciao Ray, great perspective on lovely train, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jhm (148772) 2013-09-05 3:54
My father was born in 1903 but is already more that 40 year deceased.
Trains are always a very nice subject, you chose an excellent angle this gives depth and perspective.
Also your picture is nice taken with a lot details.
Sharpness and colours are very nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ktanska (26809) 2013-09-07 9:40
I guess those colurs are original of SSRR. They actually work well in pictures, details show with clear contrasts. This would work in B&W too.
claudeD (37322) 2013-10-02 8:24
as arailway fan I like your picture here very much. Excellent composition and fine sharpness. Very good informative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg