Old 03-03-2007, 04:32 AM   #1
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Hi all! Just wondering, what is the coldest weather you have ever railfanned in? Mine was a -5 degree F day with -25 degree F wind chill. Here is a video I made of that day:



Here, we railfanned the good ole FURBALL (Freeport-Rockford Switcher) Between East of Freeport IL and Lena IL. I look forward to hearing from you guys/gals!
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:19 AM   #2
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That last shot was pretty cool. What editing program did you use?
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:02 AM   #3
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Hi all! Just wondering, what is the coldest weather you have ever railfanned in?
About -15F in Klamath Falls Oregon one winter morning, around 5:00am while waiting to board a Union Pacific Business train.

And of course I was standing outside listening to a set of Tunnel Motors idling away in the morning the whole time...

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Thanks Studogg! I used Windows Movie Maker. It's a really great, easy to use program. Cool, I would wait out in -15 for a business train as well Daniel! What did it have for power?
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:24 PM   #5
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My money's on Christopher Muller for the coldest. But mine was -10F with *reported* -50F wind chills (I don't think it was that cold though...).
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Well, living in South Carolina, I luckily don't get too many changes to railfan in the kind of weather that some of you guys see. But the trip to Pennsylvania lst year was pretty cold on someone from south of the Mason Dixon line, 14 degrees.


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My money's on Christopher Muller for the coldest.
Back in my "younger" days I used to go out on the coldest of the cold, I've lost my nerve. This year, I've shot in -15F actual. The attached image was taken when it was -35F to -40F actual with a -65F WC. Three layers of clothing head to toe. The digital sign for the casino in Cass Lake read -40F when I left, which is the lowest the temperature will display, so it could have been colder than that.
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Cool, I would wait out in -15 for a business train as well Daniel! What did it have for power? -Adam
Two SD70M's, UP 2001 & 2002.

As a side note... Don't ever wear a BNSF jacket on a UP Business train...

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As a side note... Don't ever wear a BNSF jacket on a UP Business train...
I'm guessing that could get a bit akward! --- By the way, I have been enjoying your shots!

As for the question at hand, if the temp gets near zero degrees F, I normally head home, whimp that I am...
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Wearing a BNSF jacket on a UP business train must be what it was like for me when I was shooting a Steve Spurrier presser in Columbia, SC a few months ago. It was the press conference before the big South Carolina Gamecock/Clemson Tiger game. Well, it got warm back there, so I took off my sweater to get down to a short sleeve shirt I was wearing.

Well, Spurier doesn't stop in mid sentence when he notices me, but he does pause for a brief moment. And I immediately knew why. I was wearing a bright orange and white striped shirt. Orange and white are Clemson colors.

Oddly, I hate Clemson, esp. football, and whenever I wear this shirt, I have to tell myself that it's actually Pee Dee River Railway colors, not Clemson colors.


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BNSF jacket on a UP business train is like ordering a Scotch in an Irish Pub in Ireland...not the best of reactions...
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:09 PM   #12
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The coldest I have railroaded in has been in the low teens. Now that I am working the Cascades Im shure that temp is going to get allot lower.
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March 2005 in Switzerland, it hardly got above freezing for the week that we were there. One night it was -15C in Bern - the coldest reported temperature there for a good many years.
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-27F ambient on the BAR overpass at Northern Maine Junction with the wind blowing at about 15mph to shoot southbound Guilford / MEC train MABA in 1993. I don't know what the wind chill was with that wind, but my Nikon FM2's motor drive died with new batteries in it and I got frontbite on my face with under 10 minutes of exposure. My truck never got a few clicks above cold on the thermostat.
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:29 PM   #15
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Coldest temperature I have been out in was -30F 4-5 years ago. Wind chills were in the -50 range!

This year the coldest days have been -15F to -20F. One nice thing about this kind of weather is that it keeps the amateurs at home!
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