Old 03-18-2008, 01:22 AM   #1
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Last week I, an eastener, made a round trip drive between Denver and Colorado Springs. I was not railfanning but there are sections of I-25 that are close to the BNSF/UP Joint Line (in at least one place, just feet away). The scenery was impressive, but what was really impressive was the sight of a full coal train, head end and helper power, heading south, entirely in plain view, broadside. 100+ cars and two sets of power, just right out there! Of course one sees pictures, but to be there in person was impressive.

Being on the wrong side of I-25, I was unable to stop for a pic. So what I would like to see, just for my viewing pleasure, are straight, broadside shots that show an entire lengthy train. No loop shots, those don't count! Preferably shots where the head end and tail end are roughly the same distance, or otherwise are both plainly visible, rather than a super-wedgie. And no short trains, no 4 car passenger trains or locals. Something that shows the land is big and the train small. Any part of the world. Show me some links, please!
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:13 AM   #2
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Hey J,

Here are a few of my shots from the west...although they do not follow your exact specifications, I feel that they capture the way that the vast openess of the west can drarf a train...enjoy!

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Taken through the windshield of the car as we 'chase' a WB into the sunset in Kansas. Can't wait to get back out there! Seeing the front and back end of the same train is a rare treat for us Easterners and is actually breath-taking.
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Andrew,

That is a really cool shot! If you don't mind my asking...how did you fix any tint from the car window, and how did you aviod any glare/reflections?!?

PS - I am really enjoying AB2photography.com ! You are doing a great job with it, it looks very professional.
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That is a really cool shot! If you don't mind my asking...how did you fix any tint from the car window, and how did you aviod any glare/reflections?!?
Don't mind at all, but I wish I had more to tell you than it was plain ol' luck! It's just one of those shots that I just snapped to have as a memory and realized it had 'potential' when I found it a month or two later. The color was the biggest issue the shot had which is why it is in B&W.
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Thanks! Glad you like it. Next week will bring a whole wave of new uploads (new and old photos) in all the sections since I'll be on spring break.
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Don't mind at all, but I wish I had more to tell you than it was plain ol' luck! It's just one of those shots that I just snapped to have as a memory and realized it had 'potential' when I found it a month or two later. The color was the biggest issue the shot had which is why it is in B&W.
Cool! I like those sorts of shots, because at least for me, they end up being among the most memorable.

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Looking forward to it! I will also be on break that week...I can't wait! Hopefully I can get trackside!!!
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Seeing the front and back end of the same train is a rare treat for us Easterners and is actually breath-taking.
Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Oh, wait, you're serious. That's just the way it is up here, so it's second nature. Breathtaking? Maybe if someone gut-punched you while you're looking at the train...
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Thanks Andrew, that's the sort of thing I was looking for!
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #9
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J.;

I like that area of Colorado. I was there back in 1999 and the first trin I saw was a loaded coal train, two bloody noses on the head end, two in the middle and two on the end, none of them patched and all of them SPs!

And, no, no pictures. I was with fiends and we wer going to go drinking!


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... and here's the AU version of Colorado with some sparks on 2km (1.5mi) long Coal Trains.

Normally two or three on the lead, and two in the middle.

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Old 03-18-2008, 01:33 PM   #11
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They look like bricks on rails! The first one is a great shot Mick - personally I think that livery looks quite attractive on 3536 in the right type of lighting.
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They are bricks on rails, but you can't do too much with an Electric Locomotive.

Similarly, diesel-electrics in the US appear to have the same general design.

I can't remember who said it but someone said, "It's a locomotive, it's not supposed to win design awards!"
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I hail from Kansas which is pretty wide open, but even there I only had a few places where you could get the entire train. When I moved to the desert, two things struck me. One, you could almost always see the entire train. Two, when you first caught sight of a train, it might be awhile till it reached you, as opposed to a couple minutes farther east. One memorable day, I sat at Ludlow with about 12 miles of BNSF Transcon visible and for nearly 3 straight hours had at least one moving train visible to me.

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They are bricks on rails, but you can't do too much with an Electric Locomotive.

Similarly, diesel-electrics in the US appear to have the same general design.

I can't remember who said it but someone said, "It's a locomotive, it's not supposed to win design awards!"
You seem to be unaware of the venerable GG-1, whose designer, Raymond Loewy, won the Gold Medal in Transportation, Paris World Exhibition (World's Fair), 1937, for the design.
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EDIT: dropped the crazy-long URL, just do a search on RP for keyword "GG-1" in field "Locomotive". If you choose "GG-1" in the Locomotive drop-down instead, you miss more than half of the shots.
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Thanks for those, Ken.
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I have seen that Locomotive before, but I must admit that I did not consider it when making such a comment.

GG-1 looks more like a bullet than a brick to me!
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Staying on I-25, you would not have seen this shot, as a southbound coal train (foreground) waits for a northbound hopper. The pushers on the coal train are about 6-10 cars to the left. Image is at "the sag," about a mile north of Palmer Lake, CO. Two trains for the price of one.
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Very nice, thanks Dave!
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Here's my contribution
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How about 3 trains at once?

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Here's a shot from one of the best spots in ND to get a good view of what you're talking about:
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There's a video of that train here.

Of course, you don't always need elevation to get the full train in a broadside shot:
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These can be some of my favorite train scenes to shoot, so I'm hoping to get some more on my annual vacation exactly two months from now!
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nice stuff, Mitch
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Well, we might not have the longest trains in the world - but here are a few contenders from the UK

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A late contribution

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