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Nov 08, 2011 22:43 |  #1

And some trains and bridges, sunshine and cloud, and above average temps, but I am actually looking forward to shooting some trains in the cold and snow of a winter wonderland for a change.


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Nov 08, 2011 23:17 |  #2

find some covered widebodies (without the railings and kinda an oversized amtrak F40), I know CN and BC rail have them...


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Nov 09, 2011 06:53 |  #3

RadAL wrote in post #13374064 (external link)
find some covered widebodies (without the railings and kinda an oversized amtrak F40), I know CN and BC rail have them...

We don't get much variety on this CN Subdivision in regards to power, but if I find a clean spot to shoot CP, I can get all kinds of power, but zero passenger traffic.


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Nov 09, 2011 07:22 as a reply to  @ Bosscat's post |  #4

Well you'll be shooting in snow before I will....and I'm not unhappy about that! :) Nice shots. I'm logging the engines I shoot, and there's not much variety in CSX's aresenal either. Going to have to branch out a ways and find some variety. This train stuff is addictive!


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Nov 09, 2011 09:50 |  #5

Freight consists tend to be more entertaining than passenger rail, certainly far more choices of motive power and broader spectrum of cars and colors.


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Nov 09, 2011 11:36 as a reply to  @ Woolburr's post |  #6

The number of freights that seem to pass through during these short hours of daylight are pretty slim around here. And since the nearest fairly busy rail line is 30 miles away and I am not rolling in excess money I'll take the busy lines and whatever rolls down its rails.

And if I know a passenger train is due in an area at sunrise or sunset, I'd rather have one killer shot of that, then 20 ho hum shots of freight trains in crappy light or locations.


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Nov 09, 2011 11:48 |  #7

30 miles is quite the hike unless you have other reasons to be in the area. Good light certainly plays a big role too...I think we all would go for the one killer shot over the 20 boring ones.


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Nov 09, 2011 12:00 as a reply to  @ Woolburr's post |  #8

These shots are from a location 50 miles away and my other favorite bridge is 70 miles away, but it is a passenger corridor, and runs an average of 6 trains an hour during rush hour, so its worth the drive, and then once that is over, I can head towards home and an afternoon/evening location.

I have other spots I am looking in to, but sadly, they are even farther from home, but may just have to figure out a way to make an overnighter of some of these spots.

Next spring/summer/fall, I am gonna try and spend more time shooting trains, and less time on anything else.


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Nov 09, 2011 15:30 as a reply to  @ Bosscat's post |  #9

All freights on the lines anywhere near where I live. I also have a Harley I enjoy riding, so it is a pleasure to go out and scout new locations on it. There are half a dozen small "whistle stop" towns still in existing within 50 miles of my home. Next plan is to scope them out for good shooting opportunities. I think they will make for some good pictures. The only drawback is traffic can be a little slow on those lines.


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Nov 10, 2011 19:31 |  #10

Woolburr wrote in post #13376108 (external link)
30 miles is quite the hike unless you have other reasons to be in the area. Good light certainly plays a big role too...I think we all would go for the one killer shot over the 20 boring ones.

And if I drive 25-30 miles south of my house, I can shoot a sunrise and a sunset over Lake Erie in the same day too.

Once I get a scanner and figure all that out, I should be able to nail more variety and I will be fanning out my fanning from my local areas next year.


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Nov 10, 2011 20:57 |  #11

Bosscat wrote in post #13383328 (external link)
And if I drive 25-30 miles south of my house, I can shoot a sunrise and a sunset over Lake Erie in the same day too.

Once I get a scanner and figure all that out, I should be able to nail more variety and I will be fanning out my fanning from my local areas next year.

Good! Once you get the scanner all figured out you can tutor the rest of us! :D I went back to the spot near my house for just a few minutes after work. Sun set at about 4:25 and I gave it until 4:40 and then packed it in....just as I pulled out of the parking lot and headed home, I see the crossing gates coming down in my rearview mirror...and it was 2 Union Pacific's upfront - unusual for my neck of the woods. Oh well, next time!


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Nov 11, 2011 11:28 |  #12

Mr. Pick wrote in post #13383764 (external link)
...just as I pulled out of the parking lot and headed home, I see the crossing gates coming down in my rearview mirror...and it was 2 Union Pacific's upfront - unusual for my neck of the woods. Oh well, next time!

If I had a dollar for everytime I have had something like this happened to me.......I'd be rich......LOL

Thats a bg reason why a scanner is so useful, as it acts as a heads up as to whats going on out of view.


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Nov 11, 2011 21:35 as a reply to  @ Bosscat's post |  #13

Well I'm headed out early in the morning to try it again. Going to follow a part of the CSX Nash-Chatt line through a couple of rural counties to look for some good spots.


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