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NicTrain35
08-06-2006, 10:36 PM
I got a heads up yesterday that M-PRCB was going to have UP 2002, 1995 and 2001 on Sunday. Seeing that M-PRCB departs Proviso Yard around 9:00 A.M., a friend and I left Joliet around 7:30 and headed for Rochelle. After watching the weather channel last night, I had high hopes that it was going to be sunny. I shouldn't have got my hopes up. We were greeted by some rain and minor thunder. Who cares, right? That's not going to stop be from catching this lash-up. We made it to Rochelle with at least an hour and a half to spare. That left some time for train watching. The BNSF was quiet, except for the westbound BNSF SD40-2 that headed west as were arriving. UP was a little slow also, but I wouldn't expect much on a Sunday morning. The park was also pretty quiet. There were about eight people (myself included). While chatting with other railfans, we heard over the pavillion scanner that UP 2002 was near. The engineer reported a burnt out signal, but the dispatcher told him to keep going. A couple minutes later, the horn of 2002 could be heard about a mile away. Just as I was told, 2002, 1995 and 2001 rolled through at a good 40/45 MPH. The engineer was happy to see a lot of railfans at the park, as he was giving us some extra horn. It's always a lot of fun to see a great lash-up! I hope you all enjoy the photo. :)

dodi4200
08-06-2006, 10:48 PM
Nice shot Nick.Its nice to railfan with afriend and find agood locomotive that makes the day great.

NicTrain35
08-06-2006, 10:53 PM
Thanks, Mohamed. I agree with you. I had the chance to exchange e-mails with some railfans too. It's always nice to meet new ones.

CNW4404
08-07-2006, 08:15 AM
Couldn't you find a better spot than Rochelle?

IC 6071
08-07-2006, 02:08 PM
Whats wrong with Rochelle?

cmherndon
08-07-2006, 02:21 PM
Whats wrong with Rochelle?

It's the foam capital of the world and has limited photography angles.

CG_F45
08-07-2006, 04:49 PM
Hey, nice catch Nick! I heard this lashup would be in the area and I was hoping someone could shoot it...nice work!

4kV
08-07-2006, 06:18 PM
It's the foam capital of the world and has limited photography angles.

Ha! Never having been there, but seeing all the pictures posted on various sites, it looks like you are right. I've seen pics where there are guys laying right along the ballast on their backs to get pictures. Of course, they are in everyone else's way, but what do you expect? As far as the rest of the line, there are many nice locations where you can incorporate scenery into the shot, if that is what you want to do. If you want quantity and wedgies, it looks like Rochelle is the name of the game.

I visited this line several times in the 1990s, even back when the CNW was around (does anyone remember them?) That was back when almost all the locomotive were CNW heritage units. A friend of mine keeps wanting to check out Rochelle. I ask him why, when there are many, many better locations for good shots. It's funny, too, because he is one of most reclusive, anti-phoamer railfans I know, and he wants to go to Rochelle.

By the by, the three of these left Council Bluffs this morning on MCBPR 07 (no dash in the train ID).

Ween
08-07-2006, 06:23 PM
I've seen pics where there are guys laying right along the ballast on their backs to get pictures. Of course, they are in everyone else's way, but what do you expect?

Wait, are you talking about Rochelle or Kirkwood? I think I'm getting the two mixed up...the effect from the St. Louis-area's self-proclaimed most famous and recognizable railfan has my head cluttered...

4kV
08-07-2006, 06:28 PM
Wait, are you talking about Rochelle or Kirkwood?

I'm thinking the two are similar. Kirkwood is about the same way, full of phoamers and good for wedgies. I should know, I've been shooting them at Kirkwood for many years --- wedgies that is, not phoamers.

Sometimes there are ways to get creative. And Ween, look, it looks like that pot of gold is again somewhere around the UP.

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=434724
http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=143682

And sometimes the phoamers can give you a good show. Hell, I even shot Amtrak for a couple times.

http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=330879
http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=121064
http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=346270


I think I'm getting the two mixed up...the effect from the St. Louis-area's self-proclaimed most famous and recognizable railfan has my head cluttered...

He hasn't been around much these days. We may have to pull his card.

NicTrain35
08-07-2006, 06:47 PM
Hey, nice catch Nick! I heard this lashup would be in the area and I was hoping someone could shoot it...nice work!
Thanks, Chris!

LAHDPOP
08-07-2006, 07:49 PM
And sometimes the phoamers can give you a good show. Hell, I even shot Amtrak for a couple times.
http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=330879
http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=121064
http://n691lf.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=346270


OMG. Who is that guy?

4kV
08-07-2006, 08:59 PM
OMG. Who is that guy?

A phoamer who likes Amtrak and who does not know how to stay off the tracks around trains. Of course, none were moving, but it's still a bad idea, and it ends up getting everyone thrown out of places sometimes. Anyway, enough about Kirkwood. The thread has taken a turn, and I didn't intend for that.

hoydie17
08-08-2006, 01:26 AM
Hey,

The way I see it, while all these folks are hanging out at the railfan "hotspots" they're out of my way when I'm 5 miles down the ROW over looking a nice sweeping curve or a bridge that nobody wants to walk a little ways for.

Sean

CG_F45
08-08-2006, 02:19 AM
Speaking of Rochelle railfan park, I dont go there anymore, as we found this lovely photo op about 10 minutes away from Rochelle,

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Good stuff..

Nick- your welcome! I am shocked I have not seen you trackside yet!

NicTrain35
08-08-2006, 02:21 AM
Great shot, Chris! I might head back out on the Geneva Sub tomorrow for M-CBPR and M-DMPR. They are supposed to have some good lash-ups.

CG_F45
08-08-2006, 02:23 AM
Great shot, Chris! I might head back out on the Geneva Sub tomorrow for M-CBPR and M-DMPR. They are supposed to have some good lash-ups.

Thanks! What time will those lash ups be coming thru...? And..which way are they headed?

Thanks

4kV
08-08-2006, 03:21 AM
Thanks! What time will those lash ups be coming thru...? And..which way are they headed?

Thanks

MCBPR = Eastbound
MDMPR = Eastbound

Callufrax
08-08-2006, 03:40 AM
OMG. Who is that guy?
I just hope he doesn't have kids. Stupid people, like that, tend to end up having stupid kids themselves. He's going the right way to get himself eliminated from the gene pool. It will be tragic for the driver, though.

CNW4404
08-16-2006, 06:24 PM
Here's a trace.

UP 002001 CLINTON IA 08 16 0436 U Departure MCBPR1 UP

UP 002002 CLINTON IA 08 16 0436 U Departure MCBPR1 UP

photogeek88
08-16-2006, 10:59 PM
You lucky ducks - damn M trains with all their fancy-pants engines on the lead, and I have to sit at home, in a town along the Geneva Sub, sans-car. I should have had the guy who totaled my car pay me for damages to my photo career! LOL