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Chris Kilroy
12-10-2002, 01:04 AM
Welcome to the new RailPictures.Net discussion forums!

Please take this opportunity to make your first post, and tell us a little bit about yourself!

I'll start. images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

My name is Chris Kilroy, I'm 22 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. I'm a licensed private pilot with approximately 150 hours total, and in addition, I operate three websites (this one, JetPhotos.Net (http://www.jetphotos.net), and AirDisaster.Com (http://www.airdisaster.com/)).

I'm a rail and aviation photographer, using a Canon D60 with a Canon 100-400mm IS USM telephoto lense.

12-15-2002, 08:17 PM
Hi everybody!

My name is Joel, I am 24 year old, and I live in Harrodsburg, KY (mp 346w on the Louisville District of NS's Central Division). I have been a railfan for as long as I can remember and have spent most of my gerfing days on the 2nd District of the CNO&TP. I did get to spend a short time as a "gofer" on L&N 152 at Kentucky Railway Museum. I have also worked for both NS and CSX as a conductor and engineer out of Louisville and Cincinnati, spending most of my time on the "Short Line".


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E.M. Bell
12-15-2002, 09:00 PM
Howdy all,

My name is Emmett Bell, 30 years old and I reside in Salvisa, Kentucky (Mercer County). I am a Engineer/Conductor for the Lexington & Ohio Railroad, and have worked in the rail industry for almost 12 years now.

Besides railroads and Photography, my other hobbies include Amatuer Radio (KD4JSL), and computers, and maintain a rail photography website (KD4JSL.com) I am married to Wife Kathleen (also a railfan/photographer) and we have a 2 year old daughter, Rachel.

12-17-2002, 05:07 AM
Okay, here goes...

My name is Brian Schmidt and I'm 19 years old and hail from Napoleon, Ohio. I recently graduated high school and now attend classes at Northwest State in Archbold for a future career in photography.

I am also interested in amateur radio, having recently acquired my technician-class license; my call sign in KC8UYI. In addition to railroad photography, I'm also interested in model railroading, and I have a small N scale layout that sees sporadic work.

I’m looking forward to sharing my photography here in the coming months. images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

12-17-2002, 06:12 AM
Alrighty folks, my name's Mike DiMunno and I'm 19 years old. A resident of Bellmawr, NJ, I enjoy spending time doing research on all the historical stuff around the South Jersey area that I wasn't around to see. As an NRHS member, I consider myself fairly knowledgeable in Southern New Jersey railroad history, and am happy to answer any questions asked of me.

I presently run a website, at http://www.SJRail.com, dedicated to South Jersey railroading and the Strasburg railroad of Lancaster County, PA.

As for cameras, I shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel G (for prints, for the website), and a Canon EOS Rebel X (for slides for publication and/or archival). Lenses are a 35-80MM, as well as a 75-300MM telephoto. And no, I haven't yet given way to the digital camera revolution.

Glad to be here and a member of railpictures.net!

Chessie SD50 8563
12-17-2002, 06:48 AM
Hello, my name is Matt Mitchin, I am 19 and a resident of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (MP125 of the CSX New Castle Sub) I am a Locomotive freak, out of all areas of the hobby I enjoy learning the technical aspects of locomotives. (Im the same way with AirCraft) I am a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Terminal model railroad club here in Cuyahoga Falls. I help run&moderate a great lakes region forum called www.greatlakesrail.com (http://www.greatlakesrail.com) One of my other hobbies is screwing with computers. I am currently runing a home built Athlon-Tbird 1.2Ghz machine that only utilizes 2 fans for its entire cooling needs, yet maintains 105F for Proc and 77F for mainboard at full load. I have repainted MSTS models in the past and I am currently working on a M420/M420B and a B&O I-5a Caboose for MSTS right now.

Chris Starnes
12-17-2002, 02:20 PM

Feel free to post some screenshots of your MSTS projects to our Train Simulator forum!


Chris Starnes
12-17-2002, 02:26 PM
Alrighty, my turn now!

My name is Chris Starnes and I reside in Gate City, VA (in the western tip of Virginia). I will be 21 (whooohooo!) in August of 03. I am employed by the LENWOSICO Planning District in Duffield, VA as a Regional Planning Intern and I also attend Mountain Emprire Community College (sophmore) three days a week.

I run and maintain my own personal website for both my railroad photography and my parents' wedding photography business, it can be seen at StarnesPhoto.com (http://www.starnesphoto.com/)

I am really excited about this website. I have had thoughts of taking a project on of this nature for sometime. Luckily, Chris and I composed our thoughts and came up with this result. You guys feel free to post and upload photos! And most of all, if you have suggestions or comments we would love to hear them. Contributors like you make databases like this survive!


12-17-2002, 04:12 PM
Hey all,

I'm Chris Burchett, will be 18 in February '03, and reside in Logan, Ohio (I&OC MP49.6). Currently finishing up my senior year of high school, and I am a student engineer and webmaster at the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville (www.hvsr.com (http://www.hvsr.com)). I maintain a few other websites, all of which are listed at www.chescweb.com (http://www.chescweb.com). I have done and am doing quite a bit of research on the original Hocking Valley Railway, which at one time was the largest independent railroad in Ohio. I also am the president of the Teen Association of Model Railroaders, a nationwide organization of teens dedicated to model railroading and railroading in general (www.tamr.org (http://www.tamr.org)).

Railroads nearby here include the NS Pocahontas Division's West Virginia Secondary, the NS Lake Division's Columbus District, the CSXT C&O Division's Northern Subdivision, the Indiana & Ohio Central's Logan Subdivision, and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. The best reception on the scanner comes from the WV Secondary's Athens repeater, as well as the I&OC. Recently, I began a new Yahoo!Group devoted to the Secondary due to an interesting scuffle that occurred on the WVRailfans group. If anyone is interested, this new group can be accessed via http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wvsecondary.

I'd better close here before I get too longwinded than I already am. Looking forward to a bright future for RailPictures.net. Good luck to Chris and Chris with their new website.

Think Safety!

-Chris Burchett

Jose nevarez
12-17-2002, 04:53 PM
Hey guy's, how are you making out?

My Name is Jose Nevarez I live in Manchester, NH, I'm 37 years old and I'm currently employed by Guilford Rail Systems as a Chief Train Dispatcher for 6 years now. I enjoy preaty much all aspects of railroading but mostly the historical part of it. I'am a speed freak, so I enjoy watching fast moving freight like on the Chicago Line. It was nice when Conrail use to run the vantrains at 70MPH. Don't get me wrong I defenetly do enjoy watching mountain railroading. My favorite place was down in the Appalachia, VA and the Kingsport, TN area on the Clinchfield RR, Southern RR and L&N RR areas. My other interest behind railfaning is Military air power and auto racing, not NASCAR but American Le Mans Series. This is one of the reasons why I'm a speed freak. After getting some experience on the track, me and my buddy strap on the 4 point seat belts and hit the back mountain roads train chasing. The camera I shoot with is a Canon EOS Rebel G with a 28mm to 70mm 2.8f and a 135mm to 400mm lens which never comes off the camera I just purchased a new slide scanner from Minolta and I'll be looking load some images as soon as I settle down with the scanner. This web site does have some grate photographer in it and some great photo too.

Safety First & Speed safely
Jose Nevarez

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12-17-2002, 06:50 PM
hey all im mike the lifesaving railfan been a railfan 18 years and i have seen my fair share of stuff go down currently sitting on 2 NS lines one being the former conrail and all i see are black and horses maybe a little forein power thats all but not much if i do get forein power then it is a welcome sight and a change to the black and horses also get 3 amtrak trains the capital the pennyslvanian and the lake shore i also have fanned csx as well besides ns i also know just about every type of loco thats running out there today any questions e-mail me at csx5000@hotmail.com
railfan1 out images/smiles/icon_cool.gif

12-18-2002, 05:12 AM

I am Rob Richardson. I live in Bedford, Ohio, a suburb on the southeast side of Cleveland. Milepost 110 on the NS Cleveland Line is a frequent destination for dog walks. I own http://clevelandrails.railfan.net and the ClevelandRails discussion group on Yahoo. I am a volunteer brakeman for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Most of my railroad photography is done with a Canon AE-1 and a Canon 70-210-mm zoom lens. I am also interested in non-railroad photography, for which I mostly use a Toyo View 4x5 camera and black and white film.


P.S. I have a 4x5 enlarger for sale!

12-18-2002, 05:50 AM
Name is George Widener, age 32 (am I that old already? jeesh). Locomotive engineer for the CN (Wisconsin Central Division). Have been here since 1/94, prior to that with the BRC and before that the C&NW.

Chris, seeing as how you are an aviation buff, I'm sure you can appreciate this:
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Taken from my front yard during this year's EAA fly-in.


-George Widener

Terry Schneider
12-19-2002, 03:20 AM
Hi from Toronto, Canada.

Happy to join this group. I'm 46 and have had some interest in trains and other transport methods for most of my life. It all started when I rode up and down our subway lines over and over at about the age of 10. I'm no expert, just a regular guy with a much greater than average interest. Looking forward to some train banter with you all.


12-19-2002, 03:33 AM
My name is Alex Trude. I live in Carbondale, Illinois, 2 hours from St. Louis and 6 hours from Chicago. We have an Amtrakc station in Carbondale, and we have two schedules that leaves, 4:00 PM to Chicago, and A train from SEattle to LOuisana, which stops in Chicago and Carbondale and many other cities which is the superliner stops in Carbondale at 9:30 pm. So we also have TONS AND TONS of frieghters go by about 10-12 per day. I guess thats it, so long!!!

12-19-2002, 12:53 PM
Dave Davies, retired FBI Laboratory photographic expert witness (examination of photographs used in crimes, including testimony in photography, video and digital imaging) living in Fairfax, VA.

Past RF&P editor for CTC Board magazine. Member of Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (HO club) with a permanent layout in Vienna, VA, and board member and newsletter editor for Northern Virginia NTrak, the largest NTrak organization in the world.

I have be interested in trains since childhood, since my father was a LV station agent when I was born, but only started photographing trains about the time my son was born in 1980.

My website is at: http://members.cox.net/dbdavies
which has a current events page of my latest trips or unusual sightings, and changes sometimes daily.

Moderator of three yahoo groups, including Pope's Creek, and member of Northern Virginia Railfan Elert, which spreads notices of unusual motive power or special moves in Northern Virginia to members (which has resulted in me taking off to chase trains on a moments notice. javascript: x()

Bryan Jones
12-22-2002, 07:28 AM
hello, I am Bryan Jones, a 24 year old employee of Ford Motor Company from Brooks,KY, a small town about 15 miles south of Louisville. Weekends ususally find me somewhere next to the tracks, most often in the Louisville,KY area. To date I have been primarily a roster photographer as I am a big locomotive fan, but have been working to add some more action to my collection. I Look forward to viewing the shots posted to the site as well as posting my own for others to enjoy as well as talking with other contributors.

Bryan Jones

12-23-2002, 12:32 AM
I'm Kat, 18, love aviation (mainly civil), also interested in impressive railroads but know absolutely nothing about them! Cant beat some of the amazing shots on this site so far for sheer awe though! Also an avid sailor and compete in Formula 18 Catamaran racing as well as instructing for a little cash!

12-25-2002, 01:19 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chris Starnes:
...I also attend Mountain Emprire Community College (sophmore) three days a week.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mr. Starnes, could you do me a favor, and yes, its a bit OT (Off Topic) offtopic1.gif

I attended "MEC Tech" for 3 years taking Electronic Engineering.. would it be too much trouble to have you find out of Roy Powers and Roger Greene are still the Electronics Dept. Instructors?


Chris Starnes
12-25-2002, 03:50 AM
The Greene name sounds familiar, but I am very seldom in D-C Hall where they would be at...


12-27-2002, 05:26 AM
Hi Kids- hopefully this will land in the introduction forum. I'll probably be 'Gramps" to most of you. I'm a longtime railfan...born, raised in Seattle,WA- lived above Boeing Field on the east side of the runways-and played as a kid on the railroad tracks east of the airport-so I had the best of both worlds. Planes and Trains. Got to watch the rail traffic below our house until we moved to California in 1964, and saw plenty of old-time trains-too poor for a camera. I've been photo/video-ing airliners for many years-and always a train or two whenever I had the time.
I've been video-taping trains since mid '80's -as I love the sounds and action of passing Amtraks, Caltrains and Freights through the San Jose-Gilroy area. I've been to 4 Rail Museums in the USA- Sacramento,CA-Carson City, NV-Colorado State Rail Museum in Boulder,CO and last summer, The National Rail Museum in Green Bay, WI - an excellent museum.

I don't have that many photos, but will add some when I can master the scan and photo editing equipment at a later date.


12-27-2002, 05:54 AM
My name is Dan and I live in the railroad capitol of America, The Baltimore Md region. I fan at St Denis and at Riverdale Md ( you can also find me at the Cumberland Md hump.) I am fairly new (3 years) at this but am willing to not only learn but to teach as well. I am 45 years old and until I broke my 21 year old camera I enjoyed shooting picts, so I can now just shoot vid. images/smiles/icon_sad.gif
Remember real railfans don't wear "ties"

12-29-2002, 04:04 PM
I am Frank Quigley and I live in Allison Park, PA near the CSX P&W sub.

Most of my train watching is done either on the way to work or at work.

My drive to work follows the NS Conemaugh division from Etna to Herr. I get to see frequent eastbounds and enjoy seeing the SD80 MACS at Etna waiting to go to work on the Shelocta coal train.

From the parking lot at work, I can see tons of trains moving across the Ohio River on the CSX P&LE line and the NS Mon Sub. A mile down the street is the NS Pittsburgh line and the Ohio River Connecting Bridge. Lots of action there also.

I am photographically challenged, but one of these days I hope to borrow my wife's Pentax and get some pictures.

I like the format of this site and look forward to using it.

01-08-2003, 03:48 AM
Okay...this is my 2nd post, but here goes...

My name is Mark and I live in Austin, Texas....

My main photo interestes are birds and wildlife, but a fellow Nikon photographer (named Brian Schmidt) I met on Nikonians (www.nikonians.org) has started to get me interested in rail photography....

So, as soon as I figure out some places around town to shoot some trains, I will get the images scanned and posted.

Looking forward to having some fun here...


by the way, are there any other Texas rail photopgraphers here????

01-09-2003, 09:57 PM

Hi all.

Ben Russell, age 26. I'm a biologist for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection.

My first train memories come from when I lived in South Philly. I had a very distant view of the Conrail (ex Pennsy) Delaware extension. It always used to have coal/ore trains parked on it awaiting entry into Greenwich Yard. Later, the family moved to "suburbia" and I really got into trains growing up next to MP 8.0 on the CSX (Chessie/B&O) Philadelphia Sub. Now, I live, essentially, across the Schuylkill River from NS's (ex-Conrail) Abrams Yard on the Harrisburg Line. It's a 7 minuted drive for me to stop and see what's going on at the yard.

I've never been a master photographer, I just like to take pictures of trains. Unfortunately, I am camera-less ever since my 35mm point and shoot Fuji broke. It wasn't spectacular as far as cameras go, but I got some good prints and slides over the years with it. I've been hesitant to dive into the digital revolution so far. I've had my eye on the Fuji S602 Zoom, but I think I will wait for the next generation based off that model.

The digitals I have up here now have been taken with a borrowed (from work) Olympus C-2000Z.

Lately, I've been devoting a large chunk of time formerly used for train watching to volunteer firefighting. You get to learn a lot of good stuff and the feelings of being able to do something to help others cannot be beat.

Lord Vader
01-24-2003, 03:11 AM
Greetings. I'm 29yo and reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. I use a pair of Nikon's (FM-2's) and a battery of lenses. I primarily shoot Fuji Provia 100F & 400F, but occasionally play with Agfa Scala. My main interests are shooting local railroads, particularly branchline and yard operations. See ya trackside.

I maintain the following websites:
www.ctcboard.com (http://www.ctcboard.com) www.mainlinemodeler.com (http://www.mainlinemodeler.com) www.nscalemagazine.com (http://www.nscalemagazine.com) www.hundman.com (http://www.hundman.com) www.k8dti.com (http://www.k8dti.com) www.csxlouisville.com (http://www.csxlouisville.com) www.csxmidwest.com (http://www.csxmidwest.com)

01-26-2003, 05:37 AM
Hey, my name is Len Dunlap and i have been into trains for about 27 years. Work for the fullscale outfit and enjoy every bit of it. I use a Canon F-1 which is getting wore out, gonna go digital soon. Currently live in the Piedmont of NC, grew up in Northern Indiana on the NKP mainline (hence my username!) images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

Matt Cvitkovich
01-28-2003, 04:59 AM
Hello, everyone. My name is Matt, I am 21 years old and live in Dayton, Ohio. Try to shoot Ohio railroads whenever I can , currently concentrating on B&O CPL Signals.I use a Nikon FM3a, usually loaded with Fujichrome Astia or Provia 100f.

02-23-2003, 05:51 PM
My name is Greg.

02-25-2003, 07:49 AM
My name is Marshall Starks I am a 17 year old railfan from San Diego Ca.

03-25-2003, 01:16 PM
I am Don Oltmann, 46 years old. Have been interested in railroad since before I can remember. Have been working for class one frt RR since graduating college in various staff positions in Mechanical, Intermodal and Transportaton depts. Did quite a bit of railfanning BC (Before Children) - much less these days.

03-30-2003, 12:46 PM
My name is Richard Silagi and I am 43 years old and live in Fremont CA. I first got interested in railroads when I started model railroading in 1974. Like most model railroaders, I started chasing the real thing and found them more fun than the models. After about 7 years of intense train chasing, I decided to put railfanning on the back burner and concentrate primarily on my main hobby interest, aviation photography. In recent years, hanging around airports has become more and more less pleasant of a pastime so I have rekindled my interest in railroads to help keep me happy and sane. Luckily I live in a community that has lots of railroad action so I do not have to venture far from home. In Fremont, the UP Coast, Niles, Oakland, Warm Springs, and Milpitas subs all come together. In addition to UP we get BNSF with trackage rights on UP, Amtrak Coast Starlight, Amtrak California Capitols, and the Altamont Commuter Express trains. We also have the historic Niles Canyon Railway operating through the beautiful Niles Canyon on the east side of town and across the bay we have the CalTrain commuter line between SF and SJ.

04-05-2003, 09:03 PM
My Name is Jake Mensel, I'm a railfan in North Carolina. I railfan Norfolk Southern's Winston-Salem District between Winston-Salem, NC and Roanoke, VA mostly. I have a growing web site also.

04-21-2003, 10:29 AM
Hello all,
I have been interested in Trains ever since the day my Grandfather took me on one when I was a child (CityRail Transit train it was). I am 18 and in my final year of high school at the moment, hoping one day to become a commercial pilot for Qantas Airways Australia on the 747 or 767.

So please I look forward to hearing from you and your posts and hope they are quality and informative, and I hope I can provide you with the same informative and high quality/interesting news and information.

Thanks in advance,

Ben Chapman
05-01-2003, 09:59 PM
Hello everyone!!!

My name is Ben Chapman,I just turned 23 (April 8th) and I live in Chickamauga, Georgia.I am employed at Big Horn Inc. (saddle factory).
I am also a musician, play drums and guitar in a couple of christian bands.

I have loved trains since I was a kid.I started railfanning somewhere around 1997. The closest rail line is the shortline Chattooga & Chickamauga Railway which operates two lines, former Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia trackage and former Central of Georgia trackage.
The closest class 1 is the AGS main line on the NS between Chattanooga,
TN and Birmingham, AL.

I started photographing trains around 1999, but never had a decent camera untill January of 2003, when i purchased a Canon Powershot S30
digital camera. I enjoy photography alot more not having to worry about film and processing.

I heard about this website in February, and think it is absolutly awesome!!!!! I look foreward to posting more photos , and seeing everyone elses photos too!!

Hats off to Chris k. and Chris S.


05-05-2003, 04:46 PM
Hi everybody!

I figure it's about time to introduce myself since I've been posting pictures for quite some time.

My name is Tom Johnson and I live in La Crosse, WI. I am 35 years old and am a Planning Engineer III for CenturyTel, the 8th largest Independent Local Exchange Company (Telephone, Long Distance, Broadband, etc.) in the U.S.

My interest in trains began from an early age when I grew up along the Illinois Central in Northwestern Illinois. My Grandfather worked for the IC and my Great Grandfather owned the farm bordering the north side of the East Portal of the Chicago Great Western's Winston Tunnel, so I've been primarily interested in those two railroads until recently.

I began train photography a few years ago after moving to La Crosse. The BNSF double-track main from Chicago to the west coast is right outside of my front door. The Canadian Pacific and IC&E are also local railroads that get fanned alot. Many weekends are also spent along the IC in Northwestern Illinois and Eastern Iowa. There are also yearly trips to Daytons Bluff (Twin Cities), Galesburg, IL, Clinton, IA and Centralia, IL.

Equipment up to this point is a Canon Powershot G2. Due to the limitations of this camera (and my desire to spend lots of money!) I am currently upgrading to a Canon D10 and some "L" Series Glass. :twisted:

05-23-2003, 05:05 AM
Hello, my name is Harvey Henkelman...and I hired out on CSX last year as a trainman. My railroad interests include taking photographs (just bought a Nikon Coolpix 3100 digicam), collecting locomotive air horns, 1:900 scale model trains (known as TY scale) and rail history.

Originally born in Wisconsin, my first rail memories include seeing SOO LINE F7's racing across the landscape with way freight in tow, waving to the caboose crew (oh, how I relish those childhood memories!)

Right now I'm employed in yard service (Tampa, Florida), but I hope to move to the road this coming fall...

05-26-2003, 02:52 PM
My name is Pierre Lacombe (49) and I live in the Montréal region. I am fortunate enough to work at the airport which is just a mile north of the busiest rail route in Canada (Montréal-Toronto) I guess. I have been shooting aircrafts for the past 5 years and posted many of my pics on Jetphotos.Net and other aircraft web sites. But, I always loved trains and I'm now wondering why I have been waiting so long to shoot them ? Watching trains is a remnant of my childhood and these days, being nearly half-a-century old, I'm still waving my hand to the man in the loco. I've realized that there are not much pics on this web site that were taken in the Québec province...but let me handle this. My hometown is Ste-Thérèse (about 12 miles north of Montréal) which has a yard own by CP and located just north of the GM plant. That is why this yard is filled with enclosed autorack car (75%) and a variety of freight cars (25%). The city of Montréal has 3 or 4 big yards own by CP and CN and where you have a chance to see a bigger variety of freight cars. The (eternal) problem is finding a place where you can shoot in total legality and this is why using a zoom lens is very useful. The one I use is a 28-200 mounted on a Nikon F80. I also use a Minolta X700 with a variety of lens from 28 to 210.

Thank you for reading me and let me know if ever some of you drop by in the Montréal region. I'll be glad to help. :wink:

06-10-2003, 03:20 AM
Greetings all,

Let's see, I'm Robby Vaughn from Georgetown, Ky. I just turned the big 40 although I feel like I'm still 20. I grew up in Corbin, Ky where my father was the Terminal Trainmaster for the L&N and my grandfather was an engineer for the C&M RR and later the L&N. Guess that explains my obsession with trains!

I have three engineering degrees (electrical, mechanical & mining) and currently work for Toyota in Georgetown as a Quality Engineer where I'm responsible for many of the vehicle electrical systems such as engine controls, audio, navigation and airbags. With suppliers all over the place, I get to travel alot and always plan ahead to get in some railfannin' if possible. In years past, I did some freelance engineering work for coal companies in EKY which allowed me to get an inside understanding of coal operations and their relationships with the RRs. I still have many friends in the industry and write articles for some of the coal-related mags.

I'm married to an understanding wife who puts up with my hobbies as long as I promise never to take her into West Virginia ever again. (long railfan related story). In addition to train photography, I also model and have an entire basement full of a three level Appalachian-based monster. Camera-wise, I had been a diehard Kodachrome 25 & 64 fan when the sun was out and B&W buff on overcast days. I always used all Canon equipment and bought the best glass I could afford. Most of my film-based pics on this website were scanned with Nikon CoolScan scanners. I tried digital in March 2002 with the purchase of an Olympus C-4040, then bought a D60 to use with my existing lenses. When the 10D came out, I bought the first one I could get my hands on and the D60 was given to my brother as a gift. He's a Fish & Wildlife officer in Pike co, Ky and now uses the D60 with a 400mm to help snag violators. He recently used it to record 5 different people who took a shot at a remote control deer out of season! From trains to law enforcement, digital has come a long way.

Most weekends you'll find me somewhere trackside, usually in EKY chasing trains out of Corbin or up and down the Big Sandy. Just look for the white Toyota Tacoma, honk and pull me over......


07-28-2003, 07:57 PM
Hello i am Dan and an Aviation and Railroad Fan, if you use JP.net i am G-TDTW.

Cya in the forums

07-28-2003, 08:22 PM
I have only been in photography for about 4 months. I use a Fuji Finepix 2800 for my digital stuff, and a Cannon EOS Elan 7 for slides. I'm a former Conrail employee, & now work for NS. I'm a locomotive engineer based out of Mingo Jct., Ohio. That just about wraps it up.

Gregory Wallace
08-15-2003, 06:49 PM
Hi, everyone, my name's Gregory Wallace, I'm 42 years old, and I live in Memphis TN. Because of the Mississippi River bridge crossings here, I get to see quite a lot of trains... and only recently did I start getting interesting in knowing more about them.

I'm not connected to the rail industry, but my great-grandfather worked his whole life for Southern RR; he lived in Hattiesburg MS.

I'm not a photographer, but I'm glad that so many of you are!
jailbreak (http://jailbroken.org)

08-16-2003, 04:11 PM
Hello everybody! My name is Mike and I'm from Connecticut. I'm a senior in high school. I'm 17 years old and I have been interested in trains ever since I can remember. I post my pictures at http://photos.nerail.org and at Railpictures.net (of course, :wink: ).

08-19-2003, 08:06 PM
Greetings from Memphis.

My name is M.J. Scanlon and I've just recently begun to photograph trains. I'm trying to learn the lingo and ways of the train world. It can be a bit confusing sometimes. Do the trains ever run on time?? Anyway, I hope I can bring some enjoyable shots of the trains that travel through the Memphis area to this site.

08-21-2003, 06:03 AM

My name is Tim Metzger, 38 years old, twice divorced father of five... yep, count 'em, five kids. I have been railfanning since the summer after fifth grade, when my friend and I started hanging around the ICG main (now CN) through Hillside, Il. My main interest is Military History, but , I love trains, and photography. I have shot nearly 1000 digital pictures so far of rail activity here in the Chicago area (can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting a train)

Hopefully, more of my pictures will be approved here, and you can see some of my work .. Great forum, and great site.

08-23-2003, 12:09 AM
This is Matthew Willmott-Sharp signing in. Up until now all my uploads have been at JetPhotos and the other aviation sites but last night I uploaded my first shot to this site. Anyone who knows me from the aviation sites would probably know that I am a regular at Heathrow Airport and as you can guess my uploads will be almost entirely from the UK, but I have a few pics from other countries in my collection (even a couple from Nevada).

I'm 32 and work for South West Trains, a private rail company in the south of England, although I actually work in south west London. Been interested in trains since I can remember and my photo collection goes back to around 1986, I have loads of prints to scan so I think I'm going to have to buy a film scanner soon, although my current camera is a Canon D30 which is just about to be replaced by a 10D.

I hope that the many North Americans who visit this site will be interested in seeing 'foreign' pictures and I hope that more photographers from around the world will soon start to upload so that I have some competition to work against :)

I would also like to say thanks to Chris K for the welcoming comment he made to accompany my first upload!


09-02-2003, 05:34 AM
My name is Mike Chapmon, and I currently live in Longview, TX next to the BNSF and UP. I have been taking pictures of railfan photography since 1971, and have literally thousands of slides and negatives. Since I was U.S. Navy for 20 years, they range from Texas, to Canada, to Washington, California, and other locations all over the country.

I shot most of them with Canon Elan's, but now am switching to digital.

Once I have a scanner and digital camera (next 3 mos), I will be posting a lot of my work for everyone to share in. I'm looking forward to it, and there is a lot of great photography here.

Mike :D :D

09-15-2003, 01:11 AM
Hi Group,
I just joined RailPix.net a couple days ago and saw this area.
I'm 59 and live in the high desert of California about an hour east of Bakersfield. Not much, as in, NO train activity in the immediate area, but like some wise soul said, "You can the boy away from trains, but you can't take trains away from the boy." At least I THINK somebody said that. If they didn't, they should have.
I grew up in a railroader's home so I have more cinders than corpuscles in my blood. Grandad was a coppersmith on the Katy (MKT), and dad retired from UP in 1971 after 30+ years. I've been told that I took my first steps in the aisle of a UP passenger train that was running about 80 mph at the time, so this love of trains just came naturally.
As for photography, this love was injected into the system by folks/things unknown at a very early age. My first camera was a Brownie Box Camera ... you know the kind ... brown plastic cube with a lens and a white shutter button on one side. Seems like it had a plastic handle on top, too.
A lot has developed over the years including pix taken with a 4x5 Speed Graphic, 35 mm Canon outfit, 645 Mamiya outfit, 35 mm Contax outfit, and these days I use Olympus digitals, a C2100 uz and an E20n. The digital darkroom consists of Photoshop 7, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Album.
I could go on and on ad nauseum, but I think I should keep it short.
I'm glad I found this place.

09-15-2003, 01:15 AM

Hope you enjoy your time here!

btw, i'm fairly new too :D

10-06-2003, 11:51 AM
Hello all

My name is Carley, live in Australia and 24 years old. I am interested in learning about Trains. Which is why I joined. I also have other interest. I won't bore you so I say hello all :)


10-06-2003, 10:15 PM
Welcome :)

Hope you like it here.

11-29-2003, 12:39 AM
Greetings.... :)

I am 30 year old male from London,England..
I have many varied interests.My family take up most of my time though..lol

I am also into commercial aviation and frequently visit the aviation photo galleries.
I am mainly only interested in British trains( as is my 3 year old son.He constantly watches my train dvds and videos...Much to his mothers distress :lol: :lol: .) ,but enjoy looking at some of the stunning pictures on here from over the pond. :wink:
I have been into trains for many years and up until about 1998 was an active photographer of trains but then my children and work way took priority.Well I am back on tracks so to speak and am attempting to find some time to get out more and photograph some of the UK stock.I am also at present sorting out my older prints and trying to clear them up for possible exhibition on here...

I have alot to thank this site for.It made me get the old camera out and get back at it.
Cheers people and I look forward to chatting with you amongst the threads.....

11-29-2003, 01:19 AM
Hello, my name is Aaron Florin, a few months shy of 30 y/o and a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic in the Twin Cities. My schedule allows for many weekdays and every other weekend to shoot pics.

I have been around trains all my life. My mom tells me that I would line up pencils and other things along the carpet as early as 12 months. My father, originally hired by the Northern Pacific was absorbed by the BN. I spent summers throughout my childhood on the Hi-Line and southwestern Montana and Idaho while he worked his Tamper. Unfortunately, the pictures I took as a kid are not RailPictures.net worthy.

The railfan bug bit me hard a few months ago. In fact, I bought our Fuji S5000 mainly for rail photography. My wife tags along every-so-often, to get out of the house, in hopes of grading her 8th graders' work - but soon she is paying attention to the scanner while I stand trackside. It is infectious!

11-29-2003, 03:56 AM
KJ, ever seen the Eurostar? :)

You guys got a bunch of colorful and interesing trains there!

And Welcome Aaron...oh wait, u joined before me! lol :lol:

11-29-2003, 02:20 PM
Hey ICE.
Yeah they are an everyday occurence were I live.
I live on a road between two stations Beckenham Junction and Beckenham Hill.Both are mainline for the Eurostar.I hear them everyday and see them when waiting for my train on the platform.
I will get some shots up for you when I can and I will dig out a map to show the two stations mentioned..
My Deltic shot on this site was taken at Bromley South station.The two stations mentioned are on that line so Eurostar constantly goes through there too.
Its funny how I have become qiute blaise about the Eurostar only because I see them everyday..

11-29-2003, 05:32 PM
Well if you want us to see your shots on this site an signature like mine below can be very useful. Simply, on the front page, go to Members, click on Photo Link Maker, copy the entire code and paste it into your signature, which can be found in your profile editor.

11-29-2003, 06:31 PM
I'll go give that a go .Cheers.

S.C. Vermillion
11-29-2003, 08:59 PM
My name is Shawn. C. Vermillion I live 4 miles due south of CP182 on the NS Dayton District. In Springfield, Ohio that is. I am employed at Bill Marine Auto Center. I use an Olympus IS 50QD with a single 28-120 lense and tons of Fuji 100.

01-01-2004, 05:39 PM
Hi. I'm Brian. I'm 45 years old (going on 21!), and an Assistant Chief Dispatcher for CSX. I've been working for the railroad for 24 years, first as a tower operator and dispatcher for Amtrak in Maryland and Philadelphia, then with RF&P in Richmond, now with CSX. I grew up in Seabrook, MD and "cut my teeth" photographing the NEC. College in Arkansas introduced me to the Missouri Pacific. I have 3 beautiful daughters; between them and working all the time I don't have much time to take rail pictures. When I do, it's usually on the "funnel" between Folkston, GA and Callahan, FL. I have a Nikon SLR and an Olympus point and shoot that goes everywhere with me.
I love this site--sometimes I see pictures of the trains I was handling the day before! It also helps me to keep up with things in places I rarely get to see.

Chris Starnes
01-02-2004, 04:38 PM

I'm interested to know which desk/desks you normally work. Some of us may have heard you before ;-)


01-07-2004, 06:36 AM
I mainly work assistant chief's jobs now, including the Appalachian Division. My regular job is the Atlanta North ACD. When I do dispatch, which is rare these days, it's on the Florence Division, also the Georgia Sub and of course the RF&P. My initials are LBM. I would love to dispatch the Appalachian Division as long as they gave me thorough road review =)
BTW, Chris, the next time I work the Appalachian Division, your avatar will be the new wallpaper on my computer!

01-07-2004, 05:16 PM
Hi, I'm John, and I joined this site a couple of weeks ago.

I'm 48 years old and live in Bowmanville, ON, about 3/4 mile north of the defect detector at MP 290.5 of CN's Kingston sub and about the same distance south of CP's Belleville sub. I'm a regular commuter to Toronto, riding VIA trains 51 and 48.

I'm a member of several rail related Yahoo groups and also Trainorders where I go by the handles of run8systems and newtonville150 respectively. Run 8 Systems Inc. is the name of my IT consulting company, which does work for several securities dealers in Toronto.

I was the image screener for the old CompuServe TrainNet forum from 1995 until AOL pulled the plug on the forum.

I'm originally from the U.K. but have lived in Canada for almost half my life.

01-11-2004, 06:25 AM
Hey everyone! My name's Chris Paulhamus, and I live in O'Fallon, IL. I'm 27 years old, fly Lears, and am just getting into taking pictures of trains. With that being said, I suck pretty bad right now, but I'm working on it!. I have a simple Nikon Coolpix 2100 that should yield some pretty good shots of the local scene once I figure out its intricacies.

Looking forward to sending in some stuff and seeing the continued growth of this site!

02-05-2004, 07:43 AM
I'm Daryl Chapman and I'm from the UK but have been in Hong Kong since 1987. I was once a train spotter before I left the UK and am now a plane spotter as those of you from jetphotos will know.

I still have a big interest in trains but Hong Kong is rather limited to underground trains and not too many others. Anyway I'm going to take some pics and of our very special Trams and see if they get accepted.


04-27-2004, 05:45 PM
Been here on RP.net for a little while, but finally here's my intro. My name is Tom Nanos from Lebanon, Connecticut. I'm 34 years old, and work as an IT Systems Analyst (aka programmer/integrator/system designer/etc.) for Pfizer Global Manufacturing in Groton, CT. I've been interested in railroads pretty much all my life, and have been a photo bug since early high school. Only recently (around 2000) have I put the two together, and found out that getting peanut butter in my chocolate is pretty damn good! (who remembers that commercial??). I currently shoot 100% slides, and despite being a techno-geek, I refuse to go digital (unless I can scrape together the 8 grand for a Canon 1-DS 11 megapixel....). Yeah, you can get instant satisfaction from shooting digital, but I enjoy the challenge of shooting slides. But I digress....

Anyways, I primarily shoot around the southern New England area trying to focus on the shortlines like NECR, P&W, HRRC, Guilford (yeah, a bit bigger than your typical shortline, but not exactly a Class-1) & CSOR, rather than big old CSX. I do enjoy hitting Selkirk every now & then (moreso for the foreign power that's pretty much always there), but get much more satisfaction from the smaller roads. You can see CSX anywhere...not much of the others out there. I also volunteer at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic, CT - www.cteastrrmuseum.org. We've rebuilt the old New York, New Haven & Hartford RR's Columbia Junction Roundhouse, and are in the process of building an entire railroad village on the grounds consisting of restored vintage buildings, equipment & trackwork.

Well, that's enough rambling from me...feel free to check out my website & my RP.net photos - both links are below...enjoy! :)

05-01-2004, 05:33 AM
Howdy folks, I'm Art aka Sundance currently in Greensboro,NC (about a mile from the Pomona yards), orgininally from Watervliet,NY (about 3 miles from the mighty Delaware & Hudson Colonie yard). Just recently getting back into railfaning, used to ride my dirtbike all along the D&H's mainline and the old Troy & Saratoga line.
I come from a transportation family... trucks, trains, tugs boats, and a few pilots but we don't talk about them too much (blacksheep of the family)... so I grew up hearing stories about fast trucks, big trains, and leaky boats.
My hobbies include playing hockey, riding dirtbikes, and of course chasing trains amongest other things.
You come thur the Piedmont you can gimme a shout on CB chs. 12 or 19... handle is Sundance of course. :)

05-19-2004, 04:00 AM
whats up my name is jerkass im 17 years old and have been in love with trains as far as i can remember although my liking led to the riding of trains around the time i turned 15 i hopped my first train and havn't been able to stop. i'd like to upload some pictures of riding the rails but i dont think this site allows it. that's about it

06-04-2004, 06:04 AM
My name is Tyler, as you can see in my sig, and I also like Mercedes Benz. I have loved trains since I was little, when my grandfather moved into their new house near a the CP Railway in Gurnee Illinois. I would spend hours waiting for trains to go by. I also enjoy traveling, driving, and spending time with my friends. I hope to use this forum just as much as I go to the Mercedes forum, but this one has a little less festivities so I will have to look into changing that.

07-08-2004, 02:12 AM
My name is John. 32 Yrs old and I love trains. It all started when I was a kid. Had my own model RR. Visited the railway museum in Union, IL a few times. My grandfather took me up to Green Bay one year to their museum. Ever since I have been hooked. Have railfanned off and on for the past ten years now. Now I am passing it along to my 6 year old.

Tyler, I loved going to Viking Park along the tracks. got to play on the playground and watch trains.