Old 08-11-2008, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default What do you think is the best diesel "Catch"??

Want some opinions as to what you think would be your best catch. Really should qualify Class I, Short Line, etc. I am sure this will vary from location to location, but there has to be the one ULTIMATE catch.............

What do YOU think it is??????????
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:16 PM   #2
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This is my ultimate catch. A bunch of vintage EMD power and by far the best photo location in southern Indiana.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:42 PM   #3
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For me, the "ultimate" catch would be an unpatched Southern Pacific or Cotton Belt GP60. I've only seen one in my life (no photos, but I have shot a patched SSW before), and they don't come around my area that often. I've liked these engines since I was a kid and always like seeing them in any form (even if they're patched or painted for UP). If an unpatched one showed up on the point of a train around here it would definitely be worthy of a trackside campout for me.

The ultimate sighting that I have actually photographed would be the two remaining Chicago & Northwestern engines, 8701 and 8646. I photographed those two sitting at Belvidere, IL, a little over a week ago. While the photo is not near RP standards, more importantly I'm glad I was able to photograph a couple of engines I never would have expected to see in my lifetime. Link below:

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Old 08-11-2008, 10:48 PM   #4
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Its neat to see a UP Heritage unit in the eastern states!
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Its neat to see a UP Heritage unit in the eastern states!
How is the best way to find out where it is or is headed??
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:13 PM   #6
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Man... it's hard to admit, but I've been doing this so long that much of the stuff I hated for replacing the stuff I loved is itself already gone too.

I remember when Conrail B23-7s starting showing up with numbers that belonged to F7s and we knew that was the end of covered wagons.

Now I find myself chasing after standard cab Dash 8s and GP60Ms, which came on the scene a decade later.

My "favorite" engines to find though, remain Erie Lackawanna, Reading, and Lehigh Valley ALCO Centuries, even though I'll never see any one of them again.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:34 PM   #7
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There's so much cool stuff out there, but for me it would probably be a unit that I have worked on. To see something that I put my time and effort into, come around the corner, and be able to get a nice shot of it, that would be rewarding.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:43 PM   #8
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a mixed EMD consist from the 70's would be awesome to see again

5-6 units, GP7's GP9's, GP30's, GP35's, maybe a GP40 thrown in for good measure, it was common where I lived on the SCL to see 6 unit trains with 3 or 4 GP7/9's + a GP30 or 35 just pullin away, maybe an L&N unit thrown in for good measure
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:45 PM   #9
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Anything here that isn't a big red GE is a good catch for me...
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:55 PM   #10
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For CSX. On the KP sub.

I guess I'll go out on a limb here. An AC6000CW on a CSX train is always a rare catch here, as is anything on CSX that is not AC powered, including a Dash-9 or Dash-8 of any kind, and DC Gevos. A clean YN2 70Mac would be a nice catch since you hardly see them here anymore at all.

For NS
Any coal train that doesnt have 5 GEVOS leading is good.

Dash-9's, Dash-8's and SD70M's and M-2's. Would be a rare sighting for the NS. On the Appy District. You can always see, classic EMD's working on the locals. Both for CSX and NS. So Im not to interested in them, since they usually have a pair of them Idling across from the Eastman Chemical plant. I have a good catch on the CSX here on RP with an ex Conrail SD50-2 though.

Any Foreign power, BNSF, CN, UP is always rare and welcome. Including Matts big red GE's.

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Old 08-12-2008, 12:19 AM   #11
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rolling past...
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or...
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or...
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If you had told me 3 years ago an ex-NS SD9 would ever be running on my favorite railroad I would have probably laughed in your face. Its like a dream come and I'm really glad I [may] have the opportunity to shoot it unless its assigned elsewhere.

Now, that is in the future so the ULTIMATE catch for me now would have to be...
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Next to KCS's covered hopper fleet behind a matching pair of 'Belles, I think the solid NJT multilevel trains running are the second coolest looking trains in the country. My obsession though has to be for this thing...
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I second you on that.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:43 AM   #14
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I really like this locomotive, even if it took three tries to get a photo:

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In no particular order, Southern 4610 (4601?), the CNWs, any GE Bxx-7 leading, any CR blue leading, and on a lesser plane, the UP heritage units and maybe older EMD SWs.

Oh, I was just about to say that E60s have dropped off the list because of retirement but actually they still operate in Arizona! Electrics, but worth mentioning.

Those in my don't really care about but everyone else does list of engines: NS Fs, PRR Es.
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Brian, I'd love to see that shot with some elevation. Bucket truck, perhaps? Seeing the full s-curve with a train like that would be cool.

My "ultimate" Class 1 catch would be UP 1996.

For a shortline, catching these two pulling a train in daylight would be my ultimate catch, but they only run at night:

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Catching them crossing this bridge under these lighting conditions would be the absolute ultimate:


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Any suggestions on sites......... I have only been doin this for a few weeks, so I dont know much of anything. Just ask my wife, she can tell ya everything I dont know........
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Recent Catch:
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Chinese red, high nose, torpedo tubes, class lights...unloading grain cars in the middle of farmfields, next to a rural state highway. Doesn't get much better than these days.
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Any suggestions on sites......... I have only been doin this for a few weeks, so I dont know much of anything. Just ask my wife, she can tell ya everything I dont know........
Trainorders.com

A lot of railfans knock it because you have to pay. But as far as getting out current information, railroad discussions, or reading stories (and viewing pictures) of days gone by, the site is unparalleled. I used to check 3 or 4 free forums. Once I got on TO, I never returned to most of them. I discuss photography here, I'll check the UP Board on Railfan.net only because I moderate it, and the rest of the time I'm on TO. TO is especially useful if you live pretty close to California, since the Western Board has a heavy CA influence on it.


As for my "Best Catch", my first thought was UP heritage locos. Then it hit me that as great as it is to catch the 1982, 1988, or 4141 around Vegas, I would KILL to get a decent condition straight-SP lashup...heck, even patched SPs...on a stack train, local, anything. A close runner-up includes decent condition Warbonnets.
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My ultimate catches:

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MRL's F45s


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All BN consist.

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One of the last CNW units.

And finally, they aren't all that rare, but I like seeing them; SOO Line SD60s.

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Ditto with CP Pac-Man SD40-2s...

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Any suggestions on sites......... I have only been doin this for a few weeks, so I dont know much of anything. Just ask my wife, she can tell ya everything I dont know........
Also, www.trainfoamers.com has an Arizona section. Lot's of good info over there.
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How about a 100% Retro Belle train in the snow, in Oklahoma, on my first and only day fanning KCS?

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... or 10 standard cab SD units?

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... or the pulsating Mars Light on Cedar Rapids along with the planet Mars in the sky?

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Or my personal favorite, which was catching this trio by accident in a photo location I stumbled across on my own? I was literally shaking after I took that shot... damn near fell off the side of the bluff.

Sorry, that's more than 1 - AB(2) did it first!
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In no particular order, Southern 4610 (4601?), the CNWs, any GE Bxx-7 leading, any CR blue leading, and on a lesser plane, the UP heritage units and maybe older EMD SWs.

Oh, I was just about to say that E60s have dropped off the list because of retirement but actually they still operate in Arizona! Electrics, but worth mentioning.

Those in my don't really care about but everyone else does list of engines: NS Fs, PRR Es.
Where are these E60's ?? I havnt heard about em yet...........
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Anything that's at least 20 years old and in a matched consist.
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Where are these E60's ?? I havnt heard about em yet...........
They used to run Amtrak on the NEC, I presume PC/Conrail also. I have a couple of slides, some day I'll scan them.

But I had just done a search and ran across them in current use! Black Mesa and Lake Powell, a railroad in Arizona, not connected to the national rail network, that runs coal back and forth between mine and power plant.

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And once upon a time Mitch was out there, apparently he has recently done a scan
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