Old 12-29-2007, 01:52 PM   #1
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Now that 2007 is rapidly drawing to a close, it's time to look back over the year and see what we've accomplished. Let's see your ten favorite shots from 2007.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that I shot at least 75 different railroads this year in travels that took me to every state east of the Mississippi River. These are my ten favorite shots from 2007, or at least those accepted by railpix.

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Old 12-29-2007, 02:46 PM   #2
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I was hoping someone would start a thread like this! I really like that fall NS shot, John.

I had a fun 2007. Here are my 10 ten favorites...

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Old 12-29-2007, 02:49 PM   #3
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Here's my ten!

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Old 12-29-2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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feel like Rick Dees, counting down the hits...

The only L&C train I shot this calendar year. I was hoping against hope that a car -- or a UPS truck -- would not be in front of the power for this angle.

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The first time steam has run in South Carolina since the NS ended their program in the 90s.

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I'd been wanting to get to Crab Orchard for a long time. I was hpoing for a longer train and one that actually went out on the road. But if this was all I could get, I left satisfied.

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Railroading is, of course, more than running trains. You got to keep the track in good condition. I also like the B&W backligting.

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We were coming down to land in the nearby airport in thestation helicopter where I grabbed this shot of a lone NS loco sitting in their yard. The framing of the two CSX coal trains was what I called "a happy accident."

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I had been lucky enough to catch the F units on their way to Augusta. Lucky in more than one way as the morning had been grey and dreary. As I was walking away, something caught my eye and I tried my hand at a more creative mode of framing, something I haven't been doing enough.

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My first time catching a train running down Broad Street in Augusta.

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More thinking outside of the box I normally reside in. This was one of those shots that I didn't kow whether it would get in the database or not.

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I love this shot, cloud cover and all. Truthfully, if it had been a sunny day when I took this one, we'd be looking at a box with a red X in it. The sun would have been directly above and tothe left of the highway sign on the bridge up there.

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Probably the best all around shot I've taken and certainly my favorite one.

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Old 12-29-2007, 03:17 PM   #5
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1st 3 are my top 3. The rest are in random order.
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Old 12-29-2007, 03:26 PM   #6
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It will take FOREVER to go through everyone's shots! A happy way to spend holiday time, catching up, especially on shots I missed during the year.

Here goes, some shots I am happy with, some I just like:

for color:
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different take on a spot I visit regularly
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pleased with the depth, and a remembrance of a tower gone (shell still standing?)
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trying something new
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standard shot, but I just like it
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hey, I can do this stuff too!
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combines two interests: detail shot and shallow depth of field
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a snippet of rail life
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a classic scene, love the red
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I could pile in more of the steam stuff, a great photo charter for me, but I'll stop there.
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Old 12-29-2007, 04:34 PM   #7
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Here are my top ten in no particular order.

I like the reflection in the water on this one.
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I like the upclose sharp view and the color.
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I can feel the speed (63 mph) of this train by looking at this photo.
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I like how it breaks into the light with the river in the background.
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I love how the train fades into the snow storm.
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With the faded warbonnet and old mill, this image just looks kinda dated.
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This spot is close to home, all I need is to get a little better light.
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Love the early morning sun lighting up the crew.
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The fisherman in the river makes this scene interesting
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What are the chances I drive to Duluth and this museum piece is just sitting in CN's yard.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:35 PM   #8
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I know I am new, but I have more than ten photo's, so here are mine.

This is my number one shot because it kind of looks like it is coming out of a forrest and into urbanization.
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I chose this picture, because not only was it my first BNSF pic on the site, but it shows you that the train is running parallel with the forrest.
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My first picture
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I like the crossing setup in West Chicago
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Parked in the snow has a nice affect.
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You can see the slowness of it moving out of the yard and onto the mainline.
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This picture shows you the dinky, slong with a few miles down the racetrack.
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It is not every day that you see a bright orange and a bright blue sky touch.
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The darkness of the trees and the boldness of the dirty engine make for a cool picture here
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And last but not least, the dual CNW's with the ACe in the middle. Nice angle, nice paint scheme, nice lighting, this is nice...
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:42 PM   #9
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Ok here goes......in date order

One of my rare outings purely for photography in the UK this year and a visit to a favourite location of many years.

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My local railway, took several visits to get this shot

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We went to Lincoln to take pictures of the semaphore signals before they all go, this was just a grab shot but I really like the way it turned out

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A visit to Spain and a couple of days touring with these two immaculately restored locos. Got loads of photos, but this was my favourite

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My first foray across the English Channel a few years ago was to Belgium and I still have a soft spot for the railways there and their 50 year old electric locos

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Austria is a great country to visit, this year we did rather a lot of miles behind 2050 class diesels (GM powered ).

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A photo charter in Germany provided some brilliant weather and loads of photo opportunities, this is my favourite scene out of all of them

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Love Portugal and October was just the right time to visit, stunning weather and not too hot. Again loads of photos, but I did like this one with the pretty station as a backdrop.

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Back to the UK and a surprise on the way home from work.

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And finally, a day spent earlier this month chasing this wonderful old lady on London Underground's Metropolitan line

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Some statistics;

2007 photos in database = 66
UK = 20, Portugal = 12, Germany = 9, Switzerland = 7, Austria = 6, Spain = 6, Netherlands = 4, Belgium = 2.

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Old 12-29-2007, 05:53 PM   #10
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Here are mine. I only have 12 shots so I'll leave out the bad ones...

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Old 12-29-2007, 06:21 PM   #11
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I don't have ten best from this year, nor do I have a lot accepted, but here are a few of my favorites from this year (that were accepted by RP).
-found my first active turntable this year.
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-finally got a decent photo of a train going around death curve.
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-I caught the last run of S1 646 across the Huron Sub.
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-I found a neat stash of old engines at Northtown.
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-I had a really nice March morning at the yard, the 3563 was really smoking.
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-I did have a rare sunny day in February where I decided to get off my butt and get down to the yard.
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-And while it's not the best quality picture, I did manage to shoot outside of the normal wedgie for a few shots.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:25 PM   #12
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My top ten tend to lean toward my shots taken since August. This is mostly because that's when I got my new camera, and the image quality of the previous shots simply pales in comparison. However, there were a couple I couldn't ignore.


My most recent favorite, but one I think is a pretty cool shot that turned out well.
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Not my favorite type of railroad (I'm not much of a light rail fan) but I love how this shot turned out, with the clouds and buildings.
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I love the location of this shot, I've never seen a house this close to the tracks, and to think that once streamliners came down this very line!
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How many people actually get a chance to ride a theater car with the railroad's president? Probably not that many.
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I really like the way the field looks in this shot. The pattern, along with the way the grass appears, makes this shot look like an ocean or something.
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Another recent one. Street running is probably one of my all time favorite things to see. This shot, in my mind, captures the feel of the area and the line.
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One that I was frankly surprised made it in. No trains are in the shot, and it's just a picture of two volunteers doing work on their steam engine. I think it's a wonderful human interest shot that worked very well in B&W.
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I don't know why, but for some reason, I like this shot. Maybe it's because I managed to take a decently interesting shot when there appeared to be almost no opportunities of interest.
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I finally managed to get a sunset/rise shot into the database!
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Most overhyped bridge opening...ever.
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Here are my top ten for 07 and I had tons of fun getting them!

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What a great idea for a thread. I lurk here more than I post, so I hope you don't mind me interjecting with my top 10 (actually top 11) shots of 2007.

10. There's nothing real special about the train or the composition in this picture, but I had wanted a shot of a train passing the station sign in this small town east of Bismarck, ND ever since I learned about its dual identity.

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9. I wanted to try a different sort of shot in the Red River Valley, so I stopped at a rest area along Interstate 29 to wait for a manifest led by 3 four-axle locomotives to come through. As I waited, the clear sky suddenly started to turn cloudy. By the time the train arrived, the clouds had almost fully taken over the sun, but there was still just enough sunlight to illuminate the train for about 5 seconds.

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8. 2007 was my third year seeing Canadian Pacific's wonderful Holiday Train. Out of all the pictures of the train's stop in Elbow Lake, MN I took, this one was my favorite.

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7. Although enclosed by a chain-link fence, the sidewalk on the west side of the Columbia Road overpass in Grand Forks, ND offers a great view of the western edge of the BNSF yard. Since the tracks point almost exactly due west, I figured that, if there were cirrus clouds and a moving train around dusk, I could get a dramatic backlit sunset shot around either of the equinoxes. After a few unsuccessful attempts earlier in the month, all of the prerequisites came together perfectly on March 27.

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6. Despite the graffiti, getting a shot of a train going over the Mississippi River bridge in my hometown of Brainerd, MN had long been on my "to do" list, so I was pleased when I ended up getting this picture on June 4.

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5. While at one of the best places (in my opinion) for train photography in ND in July, a couple of thunderstorms passed overhead. In each case, the evening sun came out after the storm passed over, causing the clouds of the passing storm to be dramatically lit. There was even a beautiful rainbow at one point. The busy Dickinson Sub delivered a few trains while the sun was shining, and here's the one picture of the scene you'll find on RP.net.

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4. I use B&W real sparingly, but this scene from the badlands of western ND was one where I couldn't resist taking out the color and seeing how it looked. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the results.

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3. It's a good thing my favorite season is winter and that I love spending time outside when the temperature is below freezing because in early February, as Grand Forks, ND was deep in the midst of a cold spell where the temperature stayed below 0F for 5 days straight, I went to the same overpass pictured in photo #7 to get a picture of a coal train coming into the yard below the University of North Dakota's water tower. I always enjoy pointing out that, with a fairly significant yard adjacent to the university, UND is a great place for railfans to go to school.

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2. In September, I took a weekend to travel around NE ND and extensively explore branch lines in the area. I did so mainly because ND is an amazing place to explore and because branch lines in the state are kind of a dying breed. There's seemingly no guarantee of how long they'll continue to be in operation, particularly the ones belonging to BNSF. You also see quite a few of ND's famed ghost towns or towns stuck in time along the branch lines, especially the towns where the only way in or out is by way of a dirt road or a paved road that probably hasn't been upgraded in over 50 years.

Anyway, the pictures below depict the locals that serve two of the BNSF branches in the area. I felt really lucky catching the trains in operation, since I had no idea that they'd be out there and since they only make movements on the lines, at most, once or twice per week.

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For anybody interested, I placed the full set of pictures from my little trip on my Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwahlst...57602223807672.

1. All right, enough babbling - here's my number 1 shot of 2007. This photo was three years in the making, since I got skunked by either the sun or MOW workers the first two years I visited eastern MT. Even though I had to wait an agonizing hour while the sun kept getting higher and higher in the sky, I finally hit the jackpot in 2007. I even got a nice horn salute from the engineer and wave from the conductor after I snapped my picture.

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Old 12-29-2007, 08:35 PM   #15
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I had 27 photos from 2007 accepted, which isn't much compared to most of you guys. Either way, here are my favorites:

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Old 12-30-2007, 04:03 AM   #16
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I uploaded 16 pictures to RP this year, but not all of them were from '07. All of them were the OC though, which is the only railroad I shot this year, just about. But since I don't have 10 I am in love with, here are my almost 10.

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Here's 10 of mine, in no order.

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Well, only had 18 accepted this year, but for me that's pretty good. So here's my top 10, most fave at the top...
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Hey Glenn, you were there with Mike, cool!

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Joining RP this year really made me change my picturing of trains and also to go finally to places I always wanted to go to.
My preferred RP 2007 pic's ( in order of most liked from 1 to 10):

My #1: Result of some solid forum interactive work
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When I looked at these north american landscapes I never could picture around here I first thought about a place I knew since childhood, only 20 miles away from home, so I felt I had to showing you this in counterpart:
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The electric double-header with massive iron blocks loaded on heavy weight flat cars
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Catching a rare moment of weather mood in heavy fog
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Discovering amazing landscapes really nearby
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Re-discovering places I thought already to know
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The old american style switcher in action
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OK here are my 10

The year started well with a Springtime trip to China with Michael Rhodes, Vernon Murphy, Adrian Roberts and Nick Dodson.. My 2nd, and almost certainly last, visit. The primitive mining method in use at the remote Huangcun mine were a bit of a culture shock....

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This one amazed me with its success on RP, but I suppose it is a tad unusual. It also re-inforces my view that railway photography is an aspect of travel photography and does not - for me anyway - have to include a locomotive.

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A group of locals passing the time of day - with a steam loco thrown in - a real one, that is - is irresistible camera bait.

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Back home now -This one shows how even on a routine journey you should carry a camera and have it primed ready for action - you never know when a photo will present itself..

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Just a few minutes drive from home, on a sunny June evening, the Spirit of Mr Ed lives on.. (You're showing your age if you can remember 'Mr ED' on TV - or is it still broadcast somewhere?)

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A little further from home - but not much - presented this unsual visitor...

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In September the lure of a 3-cylinder K4 on Scotland's West Highland Line was too much to resist, as a genuine West Highland loco with appropriate coaches. And it wasn't raining for once, though a little more sunlight would have been nice..

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Later in the month a diesel treat in the shape of three 'English Electric' thoroughbreds on one train...

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And finally, two from Dave Rodgers superb Austrian trip in October, which included one day in the Czech Republic - new ground for me. All I can say is a bit of backlighting never hurt anybody!

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Probably my favourite shot of the trip, if not the year, though a little disappointed it hasn't attracted more hits...

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May all RP members have a healthy happy and prosperous 2008, with good weather. Keep taking the pictures!

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Oh geez, I have to get working on my year-in-review that I've one every December, but here are a look at my favorite or newsworthy 10 photos. This harder than it seems (said while looking through shots)!

10. I got to shoot my favorite diesel locomotive in my "hometown" yard while on a coffee run for my friend, her co-workers, and myself as the Dunkin Donuts is across the street. Love the SD45-2s!
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9. A special photo (to me) of my cousin holding his son, Zachary, watching narrow gauge roll by in the distance. To me it doesn't really get better than this!
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8. I have to work on adding the story behind this photo which will explain why I did and what it means.
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7. I was really glad I could share some of the local RR history of the towns around me with the world. I would probably take railroads and railfanning for granted if I were to see trains day after day on this line and didn't think of the history behind it and that is still out there to find.
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6. After never shooting steam in snow before February, 2007 has been very fruitful and 2008 is already shaping up to be EVEN BETTER!
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5 & 4. One of my favorite trips of the year (which will be a separate thread) was the overnight chase of the NS F-units from Central PA to Western NJ. Yielding these two photos.
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3. I was lucky enough to be allowed access to RR property to chase the ferry move of #142 from PA back to NJ over some interesting trackage on the Bel-Del.
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2. I learned a 'new' trick, the zoom-out-pan, while at New Hope & Ivyland's Railfan weekend 'charter'. I've tried numerous more times but have only been happy with the results three or four times. I was also honored to hear how many other photogs went out and tried to do this themselves or who plan on it.
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1. I took my all-time favorite photo (and obviously one of John West's...LOL) on the Pere Marquette 1225 photo charter in April.
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That was darn near impossible! Here's to an even better '08!
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In no particular order:

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I didn't get out as much in 2007 as I'd like due to a new work assignment, but didn't have too bad a year when I did. I had a chance to shoot my favorite diesels 2 times this year (the PRR E8s), a chance to return to Chicago for a week and finished it off with Steamtown's Railfest. I am looking forward to 2008 and a return of R&N 4 & quarter. As Andrew mentioned, she was one of the first "big" steamers I remember as a kid, and am very happy to see her return to service. So here are my 10 favorites from the year, and best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy 2008!

10) On my first trip of 2007, I caught the plow at the Rt. 53 Bridge just East of Cresson, PA:
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9) Thanks to a tip from Gary Pancavage, I was able to catch the Amtrak History Channel Acela set:
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8 ) The restored Erie E8 833 passes the former Lackawanna Station at Cresco on a beautiful fall morning:
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7) A Westbound NS stack train seen from high above at Dornick's Point:
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6) Thanks to fellow RP member Tony Kimmel, I was able to catch the US Open special's return trip at Conemaugh at about 8:30 p.m.:
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5) An Eastbound NS mixed freight attempts to outrun a very nasty storm through Chesteron, IN which included hail and tornados:
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4) Union Pacific's United Way SD40-2 leads an Eastbound train past the "Red Barn" at Geneva, IL:
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3) This shot was almost a throw away, because the sun hadn't been out the whole time we waited for the train. As soon as 3254 rounded the curve, the sun came out, and 3254 put on quite a show as she made a valiant attempt to make the hill. About a 1/2 mile past here, she would lose the fight and need to be rescued by the Alcos:
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2) My favorite diesels at one of my favorite photo locations:
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1) Thanks to Pete Lerro and his crew, the PRR engines came to life as part of a memorable night:
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Its hard to pick just ten!

10. Engine change at Washington's Union Station, this was from my trip to Atlanta:

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9. A filthy train set speeds past the restored Berlin Station, built in 1867:

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8. Although no rail traffic uses this crossing anymore, someone painted a CNJ logo on the crossing to preserve the history of the "Big Little Railroad":

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7. NJ Transit's sleek, new multilevel coaches at Edison:

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6. Gone but not forgotten, several CNJ artifacts still rest at Jersey City Terminal:

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5. Catching a train on the Amboy Secondary passing Helmetta's famous Snuff Mill has always been something I wanted to do:

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4. Doubleheaded diesel trains are rare enough on NJ Transit. Finding one with the lead unit long nose forward is next to impossible:

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3. The PRR E8s crossing from Easton to Phillipsburg on a special journey under crystal clear skies:

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2. A lucky catch, the sun broke through the clouds just enough to illuminate this train passing under Main Street in former PRR electrified territory:

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1. Although not high in view counts, this one is my all time favorite photo. I love the trail of mist and snow that kicks up when a train is moving at speed. Here, a Coast Line train speeds south the morning after a snowstorm:

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