Old 03-10-2012, 02:40 AM   #1
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I figured I'd broach the topic. What got you into trains and photographing them? I know a number of us here work or had a dad that worked in the industry, but I don't and I know I'm not the only one. I've always been somewhat curious how others ended up in the hobby.

As for why I'm here, back in the day when the NS loco pool was flooded with patched CR units and a quartet of GP60's could be expected on NS's intermodals through the area (early '00s), my two older brothers were into trains a bit so I was aware of the industry.

Skip forward to about 2006-08, I was reasonably big into board games. One of my friends suggested I check out Rail Baron. I was soon hooked on the game. Then I did a paper on the history of railroads in the fall of '08 and a full presentation on railroads in April 2009. In finding pictures for my presentation, Google directed me to www.railpictures.net. I thought, "These are awesome. I've got to take my own pictures like this." I showed up on the forums late April asking the most n00b questions and the rest is history.

P.S.: Rail Baron is an awesome game centered around the American RR landscape of the '60s. You can play a computer version of it here.
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everytime i see non-train photos of yours i think, "so much talent. wasted on trains."
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:03 AM   #2
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I figured I'd broach the topic. What got you into trains and photographing them?
The money, the fame and THE HOT CHICKS!
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I grew up 40 feet from the C&O mainline in Southern WV. When my wife and I purchased a camera to record our first son, I started taking photos of trains. I didn't realize there were many others with the same sickness at the time.

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My dad was a model railroader (Varney, Penn Line, and Mantua stuff). He would occasionally take my brother and I trackside to watch trains, and on a very rare time or two, would bring his camera along. One summer, after reading TRAINS and RR books for well over five years already, I found my dad's train pics he had taken as a kid and started printing them up in our darkroom. I got interested in taking some of my own pictures and started biking up and down the local railroad lines, mostly shooting train stations (as I didn't yet know how to find trains). The rest is history.
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I think Chase had a thread just like this while you were away Peter. Some interesting responses as I recall.
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The rest is history.
As documented in your book, which you are implicitly pushing on us yet again !!!!!

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As documented in your book, which you are implicitly pushing on us yet again !!!!!

You know you want a copy...

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The money, the fame and THE HOT CHICKS!
Beat me too it. For the groupies and the blow...
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My grandmother lived right across from the Springs Mills in Lancaster, SC. The L&C ran on the side facing the house, so I'd watch them come and go and switch the mill with their two SW900s. I'd also catch the Southern on the other side of the mill when I could. From there, the sickness took hold.
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Was nuts about them when I was a child. Actually got to spend a day up at the old FEC headquarters in St. Augustine.

Nowadays I do it for the hookers and weed
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Sitting on the tailgate of my uncle's truck with him, watching the NS SD9M's drill the west end of Bellevue Yard when I was just a little guy.

Oh yeah, the fame and women is good too.
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