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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Monday on Cajon

On Monday, we went to Cajon Pass for about an hour. We caught three trains then had to retire for the day, as we had (more) family coming later that day.

These pictures were taken between 11:30 and 12:30, so the shots are extremely bright.

First train was a UP stacker led by 3 SD70Ms.

Next up was the BNSF M-BARSDG:

Finally, a BNSF baretable led by a C44-9W


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Chasing 1982

Today I learned that UP 1982 would be departing today on the ZLAMQ-27, so I tanked my plans to go to Cajon Pass for some other day and went to the Yuma Sub today to catch it. 1982 was the rear DPU, which is almost as good as leading as I could still see the nose.

Here are two terrible shots from San Timoteo Canyon Rd.

Here is a better side shot near Hinda

THAT'S better

The final shot I got of it at San Gorgonio Ave. in Banning, CA.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Yes, Call Me Stupid

On Saturday I went to Fullerton, and on Monday I went to West Colton. Since I heavily hate taking still pictures at night, I only took still pictures at West Colton. However, like a stupid person I just deleted a bunch of JPEG files without realizing that they were those pictures. D'oh. Expect the videos to be on YouTube later today.

Anyway, I may go out to chase 1982 when it departs maybe today. Tomorrow seems like it will be my typical Cajon Pass day. I will go to the UP Alhambra Sub on Monday, and maybe Beaumont Hill on either Sunday or Tuesday. New Years' Eve will be Fullerton (again). That is it!

In other news:
-I felt like this did not fit anywhere above, but I forgot my Sony camera that I typically use back in Texas. I have been using a Canon Powershot digital camera for all of my pictures and videos, which is better than nothing.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Trainz: A New Era

That image is the image used for the startup menu. I wanted to use a screenshot that I took of Kickstarter County, one of the built-in routes, but since there is no find-able SCREENSHOTS FOLDER, I had to settle for that.

Because I pre-ordered for the release in February, I got to be a part of the final beta phase for the game. I am aware that this is a beta, but COME ON. There are bugs all over, such as content not downloading from the new (ugly) content manager, a keyboard/mouse delay of 1 second, and occasionally, crashing. It got to the point, both from bugs and awful new features, that I didn't even bother starting the train up in the Kickstarter County session.

Another issue that has NOTHING to do with the fact that this is a beta, the built-in content. It is worse than the selection in TS2010. And there was no fun in trying to build a route with just the content that was built-in. And I can't download new content thanks to the downloading issue mentioned earlier in this post. It would have been nice if they had included a route that is, you know, set from 1990-present. I enjoyed TS12 because of the Mojave Sub, which can be used in any time period, and the Jointed Rail and ATLS content that was built in. TANE has the ATLS equipment, but nothing ATLS compatible to hook up the ATLS equipment too! Not even any crossings!

I am very well aware that this is a beta, and that they will hopefully fix most of the horrific bugs that I have noticed. But right now, I am not impressed with not only the bugs, but with the stuff that is supposed to be there (content, etc.) Maybe they will fix that too. We can only hope it is all fixed by the time I get the boxed copy in February. Thanks Auran for trying and succeeding with some of the stuff that you have accomplished with this game, but there are some things that are not necessary.


Friday, December 19, 2014


I leave for California tomorrow, and I will be there until January 2nd. The only date I have set in stone is tomorrow at Fullerton. I hope to go to Cajon Pass Sunday morning, and maybe Beaumont Hill Monday. But neither of those are etched in stone. More plans will be set out as we go along. I will try to post live, but that may or may not happen.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Follower Buttons

Hi Railfans!

As you may have noticed, there are two follower buttons, one on the left, and one on the right. I encourage you to click both, but I will explain the difference. The one on the right adds me to your Google+ circle. The one on the left adds me to your Blogger Reading List. To click the one on the left, you DO NOT need a Google+ account. So yay.

In other news: If you are looking for new pictures, those may not come until I get my new computer, which may not be until after Christmas (really, I don't know when I am getting it!). However, I will likely get to uploading my Carlsbad Village videos from Thanksgiving week. As always, be sure to both follow this blog and subscribe to my YouTube channel for constant updates.


Friday, December 12, 2014

A Computer! A New Computer!

Hello railfans!

I am officially halting all Trainz progress until I get my new computer. And it is much needed, if you look at the Trainz video below, you will see why I need a new computer:

So yeah. My old computer is a Dell Inspiron desktop from 2008, and my new computer will be an ASUS gaming laptop.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Okay, unlike my previous blogs, you MUST BE REGISTERED FOR GOOGLE+ in order to comment on my posts. I have linked commenting up to Google+ in order to increase viewership, and to increase convenience of people who ARE registered for Google+. To register, go here. If you need help registering, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Well, I'm back on Blogger!

The former owner of Crossing Talk and Trainz Talk is BACK! I started up a website, just to realize that I don't really need a site to share what I need to share. A blog works perfectly, in other words.

First thing's first. Some of you may be asking "What is below 40 degree railfanning? Do you only railfan in cold weather? Do you railfan at an acute angle?" No. I named it that, because I have never railfanned above 40 degree latitude, and I have no real plans to in the future. However, that does not mean I won't ever railfan above that latitude, and I may make some exceptions when needed.

On here, I will post videos, promotions, pictures , and screenshots. Now what do I mean by screenshots? Well, I mean screenshots from Trainz. That's right, I will post about both Trainz and real-life trains. Here are two pictures I took of real-life trains:

In case you wonder about the locations, those were both in Cajon Pass. The first is at Silverwood Junction, the second is at Stein's Hill. The camera I use is a Sony HDR-CX190.

I hope you enjoy the blog, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!