Old 07-29-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Aerial shots.

Do you know how easy it would be to post aerial images taken from MSN live view birds eye view maps. I have seen so many well lit trains in many shots.

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...9461&encType=1

UP 1995 is in like a lot from the Chicago area.

Now everytime you see an aerial shot you will think of this post.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:40 AM   #2
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Alright...let's see you try to get one by a screener.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:55 AM   #3
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http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...3558&encType=1

These are pretty clear.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:58 AM   #4
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http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...3694&encType=1

metra set, there are a lot of cool stuff to be spied.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:13 AM   #5
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http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...ario&encType=1

Ohhh, empty centerbeams getting humped down the dual hump at CN !
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http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...ario&encType=1

Ohhh, empty centerbeams getting humped down the dual hump at CN !
http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...cl=1&encType=1

Thats a lot of tracks!
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:26 AM   #7
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Yea , just think its half the size it was in the 80's ripped a lot out.
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Thats a lot of tracks!
Yes, wow.

In general Bing (Live maps, don't much care for the name "Bing") is really, really interesting and useful, I've been using it a lot. And one runs across bunches of trains.
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It worked!!!

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Who paid for the "bird," Walt? I saw something about TO renting one. Cool that someone got up there to capture the scene.
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They were giving rides over the grounds all weekend. Was $45 for 1 or $30 for 2 people. The TO guys chartered a different helicopter. That wasnt the best helicopter for photos, one of the worse I have been on vibration wise. Still was able to get some good shots and got lucky with 765 rolling onto the turntable.
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But yet its not...
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"Aerial" doesn't count, only "Bird's eye".

I wonder what the minimum population or density was to get the aerial photo work done.
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Eau Claire, WI is 62,000.
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Yup, Nick Wilson spotted this just further down the bowl on the pullback tracks..

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I wonder what the minimum population or density was to get the aerial photo work done.
There seems to be no pattern as they have bird's eye for some really out-of-the-way areas and then none for areas like North Platte.
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I think they were doing some aerial shots in Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago as there was a plane that wasn't too familair with the local ground referrences but he was flying back and forth methodically as if he was taking photos (and he was in the damn way)...
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BTW, per the topic and the recent article in TRAINS, I'm available for hire if anyone wants to go up!
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Come pick me up Chris
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Funny, I've been flying light aircraft for 28 years and never thought much about railfanning with one....meaning shooting from one. I use one for railfan TRIPS pretty regularly. Perhaps it's because I'm single-pilot most of the time and have only the autopilot to "take it" while I shoot. Unfortunately the (slow) speed, (low) altitude, and airplane configuration required for good railfanning are all outside of the autopilot envelope....and the bounds of good judgement!

Helos definitely have the edge for railfan photography. The ability to hover, and the lack of onerous altitude restrictions makes a JetRanger with the door off the ideal platform. I've still got the helos beaten badly on cost, however.
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