Old 02-22-2007, 05:39 AM   #1
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Recently, I took Amtrak #7, the Empire Builder, over Stevens Pass. As many of you know, this is one of my primary railfanning locations. Its real interesting the things you see from the back of the Superliners. I spotted many, many excellent railfanning locations. Many of which I've never seen photographed and blew my mind away (and yours too, coming soon ). For example, about 150' from a place I normally take shots, theres a place 100 times better.

Amtrak is a great tool for finding out what really lies in some areas. It gives you access to new places and new ideas. And its a different perspective. Many of these I would have never spotted if it wasn't for the train and they would have remained unknown. So, after many pictures, documented mileposts, and a very well-spent $38.50, I think this summer is going to be one hell of an adventure.

Has anyone else had this experience with Amtraking their route as well?
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Old 02-22-2007, 06:59 AM   #2
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On a similar vein in Europe, I am always on the look out for potential photographic locations when travelling by train.
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Old 02-22-2007, 07:47 AM   #3
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While riding Amtrak and doing it to see a different view of a area can be fun. It's still a lot more fun to ride in a open vestibule...

I'm still glad I rode the whole trip westbound over Stampede Pass, on a private trip a few years ago. I have a feeling that type of trip won't be happening again for awhile.

Anyways, it's gonna be hard for me this June to stay out of the vestibules when I'll be riding the Milwaukee Road 261 trip to Duluth. I'm paying for Dome/Obs tickets so I'm gonna use them.

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The same concept applies to Tourist and Excursion Lines. When my brother and I were younger this is how my parents (yes even my Mom) scouted the line before chasing latre that day or the next day. I too have noticed that you will find a spot or just a new angle by riding the train since you see the line and not just the roads/pathways you take. This is a great advantage when you have free range on a tourist/excursion RR and you can go on property if/when they know you are there.
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The same concept applies to Tourist and Excursion Lines.
Precisely!
Sunny day, photo day. Cloudy day, excursion day.
Found alot of good Steamtown locations - just need an ATV now!

BTW - That sounds like a steal for the Stampede ride!
I need an excuse to ride Amtrak but so far the only reason I can find is for
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I need an excuse to ride Amtrak but so far the only reason I can find is for
the ride itself.

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That's exactly the predicament I'm in right now myself.
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