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SMART's northbound test train (DMU 108/103) crossed over from the passing siding to the mainline adjacent to Hopper St., Petaluma, on the afternoon of Feb. 22, 2017.

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Comment by steven richard bell on March 28, 2017 at 8:00pm

Why didn't the train stay on track it was on?  Looks like fine bit of trackwork with real ties and joints.

When will SMART be up and running?   I presume that  folks will  flock ro the rails there by eliminating all the congestion on 101.  

Comment by Matt Jacobs on March 28, 2017 at 10:16am

Assuming their LED driven signals?  Sometimes the camera doesn't catch them lit, when they really are.

Comment by steven richard bell on March 27, 2017 at 8:40pm

Comment by Ron Close on March 24, 2017 at 10:16am

Steve - please refrain from divulging all my proprietary photography secrets... ;-)  LOL!  Here's my photo tip of the day for this location: a short ladder is required to shoot over the new fence.  I used a two-step ladder, but I still had to hang over the fence sideways in order to shoot down the line.

Regarding the dark signals observed by Dave S., I did notice, just moments before this image was captured, a southbound test train triggered the signals (main=green; siding=red).  I have the photo sequence of the signals activating/deactivating, but I'm having trouble with the lamp colors since they appear washed out, most likely a result of blowing out the sensor on my camera. I'm experimenting with photoshop (yep, you heard that right) in an effort to present the signal colors accurately. 

And yes, Don, the sun and clouds cooperated very nicely that day!  


Comment by Dave S. on March 24, 2017 at 7:35am

Ha!  Hilarious!!!

Comment by Steve Atnip on March 24, 2017 at 6:38am

Ron makes heavy use of photoshop. Here's the original picture.

Comment by Don Underwood on March 24, 2017 at 3:30am

Sharp, great color, and clouds!

Comment by SMART Fan on March 22, 2017 at 12:25pm
Nope, only when a train in present on the block with the exception being the moving bridges
Comment by Dave S. on March 22, 2017 at 11:53am

Nice catch, Ron!

I'm surprised that the signals are dark.  I thought the whole SMART system had continuously lit signals.

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