Old 12-05-2006, 04:26 AM   #1
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Smile Accomplishments of 2006

No doubt it may be a little early for a thread as it's only the beginning of December. I was wondering what accomplishments you, as a railfan, are most proud of reflecting on the entire year of 2006. Lets make this a great thread!

Here are some of mine:

1) Becoming good friends with Christopher Muller . He has become a good friend and has helped me get into a hobby I never knew existed which has been a good thing considering I've been a fan of railroading and trains my entire life! His insight, thoughtfulness, unselfishness as an individual has been extremely appreciated by me throughout the past year.

2) Getting a new camera. My Canon S3 has been a good camera so far. It has not let me down and takes good, quality shots which I can be proud of. Though I am one that believes "it isn't the camera that makes the photographer", I truly think it takes a good camera for one to enjoy the hobby, to learn and grow with as well.

3) Becoming an active railfan and learning more about the hobby. I've been into serious railfanning for about a year now. I've learned lots and will no doubt continue to have a passion for trains in the future!

4) Creating a quality website. I can be proud of. A website. I want to share with people.

Happy Holidays!

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Old 12-05-2006, 04:55 AM   #2
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Some of my railroad related ones are:

1) Railfanning the Needles Subdivision, in march, which was something i've wanted to do forever.

2) Getting a peoples Choice nomination for my BNSF Moon shot at sunrise. That was cool to get that award.

3) Finally getting around to deleting a bunch of my crappy shots off this site

4) Having 3 photos published in February CTC Board DINA 2006 issue AND having a 6 page spead of my photography in the April 2006 issue of CTC Board. My special thanks goes out to Ted-Smith Peterson for helping me meet this big goal.

5) Having outlasted all the hype over digital, regardless of how good the price savings, functions and time saving abilities looked, i still managed to stick with my film equipment, and i am really happy about that.

i'd say thats all, it was a great year for me and photography.
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:06 AM   #3
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5) Having outlasted all the hype over digital, regardless of how good the price savings, functions and time saving abilities looked, i still managed to stick with my film equipment, and i am really happy about that.

Down Ween, down... j/k
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:18 AM   #4
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...and for me...

1) finding a friend in the area that loves to railfan.

2) getting a DSLR, digital rebel XT.

3) bagging the BNSF 9297
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4) getting over to the DMIR for a SD40-3 (tunnel motor body) repaint
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5) bagging a reflection shot at a place I've wanted to for the last few years
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Thats about it for me.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:54 PM   #5
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Neat topic. Here're some that stand out in my mind:

1) Bagging an ex-BN whiteface dual-window SD60M (hey, it took me a year to finally find one!)
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2) The Dakota Northern Railroad. It led to my first published photo, appearing in TRAINS magazine.
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3) Photoshop CS2 and learning a workflow with it

4) Time. Unlike last year (and presently), I had alot of time to spend trackside this year.

5) Growth at Grand Forks Railfanning. We've seen pretty decent growth in 2006 and have had several current and former BN/BNSF employees among many others join the fray.

That's all I can think of at the moment...it any others hit, I'll be sure to list them...
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:08 PM   #6
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Some goals this year that I accomplished
1) Learn more about that powerful program Photoshop CS2
2) Railfan in Montana: see Marias pass when its OPEN, and catch an MRL SD70ACe & SD45 (later not on RP.net)
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3) Railfan in NYC: subway, NTJ, and try to catch an Acela in action (failed the later)
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4) Get into college (a goal in itself) and see a train in Pullman
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5) See main line, live steam (Dec 17th, SP #4449 )
6) Finally meet Ross Fotheringham
7) Focus more on the east side of Stevens Pass

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1) Bag an SD70MAC in BN executive. Ive seen one in 5 years of railfanning.
2) Nailing that one shot on Stevens that Ive been trying to do for 2 years (you'll see it when it comes)
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Old 12-08-2006, 04:30 AM   #7
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:28 PM   #8
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Finding Railpictures and getting some photos on here. But, more importantly, it has re-awakened my interest in photography and the forums have helped me no end whilst trying to get to grips with digital photography.

Secondary to the above, finally taking the plunge and getting my (our) own photo website .
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:25 PM   #9
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The main accomplishment for me is just rejoining the railfan community. I did get three photos published so far:

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The energy I receive from this web site has rejuvinated me to the point that I am planning a spectacular C&O New River Railfan Safari for next summer. Sitting by the tracks and watching trains has also become an activity that I can share with my children.

It's been almost 25 years since I worked for the C&O, and scanning and posting my old slides has been a very enjoyable stroll down memory lane.
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Old 12-15-2006, 12:26 AM   #10
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I am pleased that the Evansville Western RR found my pictures on here, and they're good enough that the company wants me to do a calendar for them.
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:47 PM   #11
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The new year is essentially hours away, surely everyone who's been procrastinating on what to add to this thread has come up with some thoughts!

Basically I want more people to post their greatest accomplishments if they haven't done so yet.
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:35 PM   #12
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Here are my ten accomplishments for 2006.

1. Seeing and photographing the Union Pacific business train with the three E9's (E9(A) 949, E9(A) 951 and E9(B) 963), among the UP Geneva Subdivision is one that I am really proud of.
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2. Seeing and photographing the three CNW's (ACe 1995 and C44-9W's 8701 and 8706), among the UP Geneva Subdivision is another one that I am really proud of. Another one that goes along with this accomplish is seeing UP 1995 on its first revenue run at Rochelle.
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3. Another one of my accomplishments was trying out some new spots along the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision. Toluca was my favorite.
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4. Another one of my accomplishments was capturing a rolling high speed meet at Ransom.

5. Having an engineering firm contact me about a Metra photo at Joliet, wanting to use it for an upcoming promotion is one that I'm extremely proud of.
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6. Having my ATSF Caboose photo published in a letter for Railfan and Railroad is another one that I'm extremely proud of.
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7. Seeing UP SD70ACe's 1988 and 1982 (KATY and MOPAC) together was a really fun day.
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8. Seeing UP SD70M 2002, UP SD70ACe 1995 (CNW Heritage unit) and UP SD70M 2001 together is one that I'm proud of.

9. Meeting new railfans is a really good one.

10. ...and most of all, assisting my father by saving the life of an elderly gentleman, who was confused at an ungated crossing, while a train was fast approaching.

It was a great year and I'm looking forward to 2007!

Happy New Year, everyone!
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Congrats! Hopefully, I'll get a chance to see the final product. Way to go!
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I must say that 2006 has been a real break-out year in my railfanning and rail photography life. I've accomplished so much this year hopefully I remember all of it. (lucky you!) BTW, these are not in order.

1. Writing an article for the April '06 issue of RAILPACE on NJT's unique GP40FH-2's.

2. Having mulitple images published in 7 issues of RAILPACE in 2006 including April, which includes the front cover.

3. Having the following photo published in the TRB's "magazine" Ignition (Issue 11 - Summer 2006). TRB stands for Transportation Research Board for those who do not know.
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4. Having a photo in the WMSR 2006 brochure.
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5. Railpictures accomplishments: 2 PotW, 6 SC, 3 PCA, reaching my goal of 700-800 photos ending 2006 with the latter.

6. Meeting/railfanning with multiple RP contributors as well as speaking to many more on this wonderful machine called the computer.

7. Going to my first NRHS Convention!

8. Expereiencing my first steam cab ride in WMSR 734.

9. Turning 18.

10. Graduating HS and going to college!

Here's to an EVEN MORE productive 2007 not only for myself but for everyone, their families and friends!
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:23 AM   #15
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Getting back into photography full steam after a nasty "break-up". (Last newspaper I worked for replaced staff with stringers) Learning how to use my D70 and start using my brain again whenever shooting. Getting pix accepted on this site. Meeting Rob Kitchen at Enola. Seeing all the awesome photos on this site , makes me want to head out west..California and Canada. I now look at pictures differently thanks to RP. I'm still trying to break that old newpaper photog rule of f/8 and be there. Got a new scanner for Christmas, so I'm ready to go to areas i've never visited. At least I'll know when something is coming...Thanks to all and Happy New Year
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