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Old 05-03-2016, 03:48 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by troy12n View Post
I'm heading up to Roanoke to chase the 611. I'm real familiar with the area, however I realized when I looked at the schedule, the outbound trips for both the morning and afternoon runs are going to be opposite of good light...

And as a photographer that is UBER frustrating. All the good spots are going to be backlit the entire outbound trip. Both days.

I know they don't arrange these things for photographers, but damn, if they reversed the departures, it would be perfect... so frustrating

Inbound back to Roanoke, I know those spots will be in better light, but I can think of a few places, namingly Montgomery, Shawsville, Christiansburg are pretty much better shots "Westbound", especially the tunnel at Montgomery. While it's POSSIBLE to get to the East portal of Montgomery tunnel, logistically it will be difficult for this trip. The only road up to it is technically someone's driveway and they are not going to be tolerant of THIS many railfans.

By the way, who's going to be there this weekend?
I'm not sure why you have your panties in a bunch over this schedule. Both trips are on an east/west line with plenty of curves to get an orientation with the good light if you pick the right locations. It's the same schedule as last July 4th weekend, and there are plenty of good photos posted here to give you an idea of possibilities.

If you go to the west portal of Montgomery tunnel, be careful where you park and stand. I was there a few weeks ago, and parked to the south of the spur track, which is apparently the property/driveway for the house closest to the tunnel - the one with confederate flags and orange "no trespassing" signs stapled to the porch columns. I was set up for a shot of an approaching train, and my wife was standing by the car. The owners came home in their pickup, pulled up to my wife, and greeted her with "Get the hell off my property before I call the cops." All high class stuff! I'm sure she will be wound even tighter when the foamer throng descends on the tunnel this weekend.

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