Old 01-05-2009, 02:16 AM   #1
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Went out to do some fanning today... came upon a train at an inaccessable spot, but with perfect light on it.

Heard what sounded like it could be him on the radio saying he was ready to go.

Found a parking spot in a good location and waited... for an hour, of glorious, perfect, light.

He didn't move.

Then, a crew van appeared... It was so far away, and I went to grab my telephoto, which was a huge mistake, because in doing so, I missed my chance to see if the van brought a new crew, or just picked up the old crew.

And were they tying the train down, or swapping crews.

Another van came... it looked liked doors were being opened on the sides of the engines.

I waited.

Someone on the radio, on the right channel, said the train was good. (Good for what?... Was it this train?)

I waited. Man, was the light good.

Both vans left.

The train's headlight was still on.

A dispatcher on the radio said, "I'll let you go after I let another train pass." But I didn't see what frequency. Was it this train? Was it this railraod?

I waited. I'd now blown two hours... but in those two hours, the light had gotten even better.

Still nothing.

Crap... I couldn't stand it anymore. I gave up. I got in the car to go up to Cajon to actually shoot a picture of something.

When on the radio I hear, "Kaiser Grain Train, is blue."

No idea what "...is blue" means, but that train I was waiting for had its tail in the old SP Kaiser Yard and it was a grain train, so I turn around and race back.

It's still sitting there.

Headlight is still on.

Not moving.

I've now wasted three hours... on a dead train... in the most beautiful light you can imagine... with a snow covered mountain behind it.

Okay... just thought I'd share.

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:00 AM   #2
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Sounds like my day yesterday, had great sun all day long, instead of hanging around in Columbus I took off south of town, while NS 234 switched the intermodal terminal, normally that takes around a half hr or so, more than enough time for me to find a spot, which I did, I only sat there for 3 hrs.. About two hrs in though I got a bit restless and started walking around a bit, and managed to work in a shot of the switcher they had sitting there, with an old grain elevator in the background.. I did manage to shoot a couple trains coming back to Columbus, and I found 234 sitting in the same spot it was when I left town, apparently something went wrong at the intermodal terminal.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:09 AM   #3
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Sounds like you needed to go for a walk.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:10 AM   #4
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Well, there you go!
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:16 AM   #5
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Sounds like you needed to go for a walk.
I considered walking down the ROW... but didn't feel like having the day completely ruined by a run in with a UP SA... of course, now, sitting at home... I have to admit, I sort of wish I took Mike's advice.

But, like gbrozny, I did manage to get some nice shots of a switcher at a grain elevator (and I did get a couple trains at Cajon in my hour up there).

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Old 01-05-2009, 04:06 AM   #6
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"Kaiser Grain Train, is blue."
Sounds like it was blue-flagged meaning there was likely maintenance employees working on train and it could not be moved until the blue flag is removed.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:36 AM   #7
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Sounds like it was blue-flagged meaning there was likely maintenance employees working on train and it could not be moved until the blue flag is removed.
Ah... thanks... makes sense.
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Just go for a walk Charles, the worst we could call you on Calrailfans is Boom Boom the 2nd..

So, where's the shot of the switcher?
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