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I returned to one of my favorite wildflower spots discovered last year, and can’t say I was in any better shape to hike up the black diamond of all wildflower hills than I was last year, but at least, this time I had some interesting clouds, and although the flowers weren’t as thick as last year, I still found some comps I quite liked. These conditions in Northern California are so short and fleeting, blink and you miss it, that this is commonly a time of year I don’t get much sleep. Hope you enjoy, folks, because I’m exhausted, and working on getting my hiking legs back!

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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.

 

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 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 the strip mall development that replaced the lumber mill.

Just walking around ^^

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.

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 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. 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.

 

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.

 

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

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

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.

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.

Prevost tour bus in San Diego.

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.

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

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

Warm summer evening in Amador County wine country.

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

A recent sunset near Plymouth, CA.

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

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

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Amador Pascual, by ZION Ride On

Sagres Beach, in Portugal

 

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