Old 11-03-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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I was just musing about where people would ideally like to go to photograph trains and also what they would like to shoot;

1. In your own country.

2. In another country

3. Also, irrespective of location, what train would you like to shoot?


You must not have already been to the place or shot the train listed. Of course, this is a wish list, so money's no object.


Here's my list:
  1. The West Highland Line in Scotland - to shoot the Jacobite summer steam services.
  2. Ecuador - to see the steam-operated Guayaquil and Quito Railroad, one of the most spectacular railways in the world climbing from the coast at Guayaquil up into the high Andes with zig-zags at the Devil's Nose and a fair amount of street running included.
  3. The UP 4-8-8-4 Big Boy loco(s).
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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This guy has a pile of shots from Europe that I'd love to replicate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stellini/

That said, I think it'd be fun to shoot in every Canadian province and US state.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:19 PM   #3
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1.) Wheeling & Lake Erie, Ohio Central, Winchester & Western and a few others (like the "L" in Chicago
2.) Australia, China
3.) The NW 1218. Under steam. On Saluda.
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All of mine involve a time machine.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:31 PM   #5
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All of mine involve a time machine.


That could be it's own thread! I have a few of my own, mostly involving tracks no longer in use by locomotives no longer is use and railroad companies that no longer exist.
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1.) Wheeling & Lake Erie, Ohio Central, Winchester & Western and a few others (like the "L" in Chicago
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Just got back from shooting the L in Chicago, again.

1. NY subway.
2. Canadian Rockies and Grain Plains.
3. Asian city rail transit - but I really don't want to travel to any asian countries so this one is out.
4. All lines West of the Rockies
5. Some Eastern mountain railroading.
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That could be it's own thread!
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1: The rockies. You know, the place I usually go, but I just want to spend more time there.
2: Either Marias Pass (Again with the rockies) or to shake it up, the appalachians in fall.
3: Anything but another goddamned GEVo.
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1. Tennessee Pass if it's ever reopened - otherwise the former DRG&W via Moffat Tunnel and Soldier Summit
2. Australia
3. All of the still-active GEs on the TN/KY shortlines
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Won't rank mine, but here are a few:

Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic
Powder River Basin
CP's Frazier & Thomp. River canyons
Alaska Railroad
Australia
New Jersey Transit
Utah Railway
Missouri & Arkansas
Delaware-Lackawanna and WNYP's Buffalo line-have trips on the calendar for both!

NOT excursion trains and railroad museums! Nooo...
This IS by the way a shot at the people that chase Arcade and Attica's steam EVERY sunday or have "your" bench at the HSC!

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More of Australia,working on a trip on the Ghan up through the centre next year.Other wise Canada and rockies U.S.A. Maybe hang with Matt in Canada and Travis in U.S.A. to pick up some pointers.
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Maybe hang with Matt in Canada and Travis in U.S.A. to pick up some pointers.
Travis will be all friendly and then stab you in the back, taking an unflattering picture of you and putting it on the internet. Beware!
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Ooooh, a cheap shot.

I 'd like to shoot along the Columbia river and also boring Powder River coal trains in Wyoming and Nebraska.

In a foreign country, I would like to shoot Switzerland. The mountains there look awesome.

Any train with SD40-2's on it running in notch eight and pouring on the smoke.

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I've seen his website it's not that bad as long as it's not a video.

All who have Australia as second prefference if you can make it pm me and i will do my best to assist.
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I was just musing about where people would ideally like to go to photograph trains and also what they would like to shoot;

1. In your own country.

2. In another country

3. Also, irrespective of location, what train would you like to shoot?


You must not have already been to the place or shot the train listed. Of course, this is a wish list, so money's no object.
With #1, I'm breaking your rule.

1. Donner. I am not finished with it yet. In fact, I will never be finished with it!
2. Probably Switzerland.
3. Whatever the lone DDA40X would be leading. I NEED to see that in action.
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USA: any mountainous location, no preference beyond that. Or, permission to wander about a major rail yard for a day, engine facilities, hump, car maintenance, etc.

another country: any country where one can blend rail and culture, ala so many great shots on RP, such as China. Maybe Africa or South America, I've never been. Maybe Brazil, I like the MRS Logistica paint scheme. Also Czech Republic in the village where my father grew up. And, of course, Wolsztyn, Poland.

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Hmmm . . . what to choose, what to choose?

1. In the US, I think I'd most like to spend some time shooting the BNSF and Amtrak in the area around Marias Pass. I've visited the area before, but not for railfanning. Having said that, I'd also like to shoot Montana Rail Link, the Columbia River gorge, Tehachapi, Moffat . . . I could go on.

2. My first choice for a foreign shoot would, I think, be the Settle-Carlisle line, preferably with steam. Beyond that, searching or remaining steam in Cuba would be fun, I'd like to do Germany and Switzerland, the Andes, and the Canadian Rockies.

3. The K-4 on Horshoe Curve. The DDA40X on Sherman Hill. A stainless steel Zephyr consist over Moffat.


BTW, Joe, you better hurry up and catch the Ohio Central before it looks just like all the other G&W lines.

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1. The West.
2. Maybe Australia?
3. The steam/diesel transition era on the B&O (with my modern equipment of course).
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1: Inside the USA I want to do one of the many mountain passes, (will finally cross one off my list next year with a couple days in Donner) Any Ideas Jim?

2: Definately Australia, I was there a few years ago while I was in High School, and I have read about those long Iron Ore Trains in the western part.

3: One of those NS or CSX loaded 130+ car coal trains crawling up one of the eastern mountain grades.
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I've been to all the contiguous states and most of Canada, so I've had a good feel for what's out there. That said, the novelty of going places to shoot because they are "new" and "different" is starting to wear off. I need to concentrate on depth of coverage, not breadth.

There's a lot of fantastic and inspirational work on this site, and I'm hoping that I can focus on a few themes and techniques over the next few months. Winter is good for experimentation, especially with night photography. I know what a train looks like, and I know how to take basic photo of a train. I keep asking myself if I need more photos of trains in the woods, etc; and the answer is pretty clear. For me, my "wish list" isn't a list of places, but a need for introspection.
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No, I think you need to work on that a little more.

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And don't worry about getting any trees in the way of the train. As long as you have a cool foreground subject, it'll get accepted.
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1. The Rockies or the southwest desert in the USA.
2. The West and North of England.
3. UP 844 & 3985.

I have been to the American west, want to go again. Same with England. But the UP locomotives I've never seen.

Frankly, I wish I could go everywhere on the planet for a train I've never seen.

South Africa, China, South America, Russia would be first considerations.
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