Old 08-27-2008, 02:04 AM   #1
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I've been shooting trains for over thirty years... and I've still never shot the perfect over/under with both trains in motion.

Thought I had it this Sunday... with BNSF's Kaiser Hauler blowing for Rialto in San Bernardino, while a UP light engine move to Yermo was grinding north on the UP Mojave Sub.

The light engines appeared first, passing quickly, departing just as the gates went down for the Hauler. No over/under.

So, who among you have actually done it (and if one of the trains was stopped, I don't consider it legit)?
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:14 AM   #2
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Once at the UP Geneva Sub, BNSF Barstow Sub in Fulton, IL. A UP eastbound coal came first on the bottom and a BNSF south bound ore train came seconds later.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:32 AM   #3
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In ten years, I've caught only one over/under worthy of being called an over/under. Unfortunately, it was in the dead of night and what I was hoping would happen, didn't. I wanted the under train to shine on the over train, but the over was too slow. Was cool to see, but the shot didn't pan out.


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Old 08-27-2008, 03:46 AM   #4
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The over/under is a dream of mine. I'd love to get one in my railfan career. The closest I've come is the attached photo. The CSX local was parked. Two things strike me about this photo. One is how wierd it is to me that it was taken in Ohio, not the desert or Kansas. The second thing is how excited I was about this shot when I took it in 2005. I just couldn't wait to upload it to RP...and it was rejected. I have come quite a ways.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:54 AM   #5
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Never seen one, will never photograph one

I'm lucky enough to catch a meet here! I think I have two in the database

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:20 AM   #6
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I've done it twice in the past few months. I don't know if they are "perfect" or not, but it is what I managed.

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:22 AM   #7
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The closest I have came was this past weekend, I setup for a shot of a train heading across the viaduct, it was coming in on an approach, so he decided to stop a few miles back so he would not get stuck on the hill, a few minutes pass then I hear another train heading north on the lower tracks, at the same the train on the viaduct starts rolling again, and my view was completely blocked. However for once I had some good luck, some lower cars go by, and I fired off this shot:

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Old 08-27-2008, 07:38 AM   #8
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I was lucky enough to get this when I took a trip to AZ last February. It happened 5 minutes after I parked the car and these were the first two trains of the day.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:04 AM   #9
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I have always wanted to try this kind of shot at Goodwood in South Australia, where the Glenelg tramway crosses over the TransAdelaide BG suburban lines, as well as the interstate SG tracks.

The ultimate shot would have to be with a tram, a suburban railcar, and a freight. I will have to try it when I next visit Adelaide.

The area looks like this (shot found on http://www.freewebs.com/bay_tram/good.html )
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:04 AM   #10
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Does a switching move and a mainline train count? I caught this one earlier this year, the gp is moving away from me while the auto train is passing overhead. I said before I wished I has stood back a bit more because I would have had the front of the lead locomotive in full view above the GP below but oh well...
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Old 08-27-2008, 01:07 PM   #11
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What about an over/under like this? Too bad the lighting wasn't better:



I guess I could always go the b&w route.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:18 PM   #12
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How about a grain train (~10mph) and a grain truck (~75mph):

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What about an over/under like this? Too bad the lighting wasn't better:



I guess I could always go the b&w route.
Pine Junction, alright!!!

I got two over/unders there, but 400mm just wasn't enough to really get it.
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Once at the UP Geneva Sub, BNSF Barstow Sub in Fulton, IL. A UP eastbound coal came first on the bottom and a BNSF south bound ore train came seconds later.
http://mattmizeur.rrpicturearchives....spx?id=1264944
Matt.......... That UP unit looks like it is backing up... Note the exhaust..
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:30 AM   #15
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I actually do have a true over under... the train on the bottom had begun to move and the train on top is at track speed.

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If only the sun had been higher...


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