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Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?  
User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

I enjoy photographing railways, even tough i am not a rail enthusiast. I love aviation and i study it, but spotting a/c in Europe isn't as interesting as in South America, Africa or Asia...

Train spotting can be interesting because of nice landscape, and trains look cool on pics aswell.

Cheers

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User currently offlineToast From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Personally, not in the least. Then again, I have to admit (I'll probably be lynched for this  scared  ) that I'm not a planespotter, either. I'll take tons of pics at airports and during flights, but I've never felt the need to go have a picnic at an airport fence and spend the day watching ops. Or rather, I'd love to but I'm too damn lazy and I live too far from BRU.  Smile

As for trains, I have certainly racked up tens, or more likely, hundreds of thousands of miles in them during my life, but I have no fascination for trains at all. Boats, on the other hand... The Internet is in dire need of a boat-spotting site comparable to a.net. The few sites devoted to it are awfully amateurish.  Sad


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

I do love rail photography - especially Steam. It is a help that my cousin is one of the few mainline steam engine drivers left in the region, so there's a good chance if a steamer is coming through, he will be driving or firing it. Always very nice to go down onto the platform and see him - aside of the beautiful engine, there's that wonderful smell which goes with it.


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineDba4U From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 665 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

Yes! Here!

It started because it takes so damn long for me to reach HAM compared to the nearest railway line, so I started to do some serious trainspotting and somehow grew into it

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y43/Racuda/Polen_1_Teil/ET22_xxx_Parlin.jpg


User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

Yup, got the below pic with my work camera while I was in the yard.


http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee154/airfoilsguy/CIMG0031.jpg


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5157 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

Yes! I love train spotting!

I can tell a virgin voyager from a pendalino just by the sound, and know the west coast mainline timetable off by heart. Of course whenever anyone confronts me about being a train spotter I deny it, i dont know why but im just ashamed to admit it.

However I just cant get enough of trains, and every time I travel on one I cant help but bore the people im with by pointing out what all the different noises are, or identifying each class 185 as it passes us. Ive got most of the numbers logged in my notebook, and can remember exactly when I last saw them, and where.

Dont you just love TPE? They are my favourite rail company.

Signed by
Alex (Myt332)

 duck 



That'll teach you
User currently offlineUmfolozi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

I work for a big freight rail company (Payroll & Admin). My office is situated right in the main train depot, so I see (and hear!) trains every day of my life. I went on a train trip a while ago, here are some of my pics:



















[Edited 2007-11-08 11:14:26]

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Yes. Before I had my first flight on an airplane at the age of 8, I wanted to be a railroad engineer for a Class 1 Railroad. Although I am a huge airplane geek, I always have a place for railroads. And I love to explore abandoned railroads and ROWs. Its always fascinating to find relics and remains of a long-gone piece of rail history.

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

I'm not really that much into spotting. Having spent a decade of running trains kinda got that out of me. When I was working for the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, I'd occasionally spend one of my days off out on the line, taking photographs.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6330 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2606 times:

Heck Yeah
http://www.virginmedia.com/images/wallpapers/movies/trainspotting_1280.jpg

Quoting Toast (Reply 1):
Then again, I have to admit (I'll probably be lynched for this    ) that I'm not a planespotter, either.

Hell, I barely like FLYING on the planes, aviation is such a joke in much of the Western world these days.


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2581 times:

Absolutely.....caught this guy no more than an hour ago about two miles west of MSY while on my lunch break (Kansas City Southern retro livry, I'm guessing?):

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l264/tmoore065/DSC06365.jpg?t=1194555884

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):

You forgot that he knows everyone that works for TPE  Wink



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User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6572 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

Oh you better believe it. Amtrak mostly. Here are some Amtrak trains for your viewing pleasure:

1) California Zephyr; Denver, CO
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_2325-1.jpg

2) City of New Orleans; Memphis, TN
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_2525.jpg

3) Coast Starlight; Los Angeles, CA
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1156-1.jpg

4) Southwest Chief; Albuquerque, NM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_2459.jpg

5) Sunset Limited; Los Angeles, CA
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_1155-1.jpg

6) Texas Eagle; Fort Worth, TX
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_2629.jpg


User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2692 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

I used to train spot at the St. Paul train yard but don't anymore.  Sad But there is a train in Bloomington operated by Canadian Pacific. It used to be a small blue engine but now there is two Canadian Pacific engines. And sometimes going to school we have to wait for the Twin Cities and Western Railroad engines to go which sometimes makes me late to school but I don't mind.


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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

My hometown of Chattanooga has several great spots from which to view the trains. Third Street, Central Avenue and Wilcox Boulevard all cross the old Southern Railway (now Norfolk Southern) Debutts Yard on large overpasses. On the east side of the yard is the double track mainline of the Western and Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia-operated under lease by CSX Transportation. West of town, there are some good spots to view the Alabama Great Southern (now Norfolk Southern) Railway and CSX Nashville-Chattanooga main line, but you have to know the area. North of town is the Tennessee River Drawbridge which carries the Norfolk Southern Railway Chattanooga-Knoxville/Cincinnati double track main line.

Over in North Chattanooga, just across the river from downtown is the Chattanooga Traction Company yard. It is a subsidiary of Norfolk Southern and they normally keep two MP15 switchers there to service the cement plant and other industries on that side of town. Originally built as an electric interurban line, it operated passenger service until 1938 when the cars came off and Southern Railway took possession of the property. A rail connection was not completed until sometime in the 1920s, so all freight service before then was run by car float between the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway's Craven's Yard (at the foot of Lookout Mountain) and William's Island.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlinePhilGil From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

I'm also a railfan - all my life my my affections have gone back and forth between trains and planes. These days I find room for both. I'm especially fond of steam locotives but also photograph passenger trains and older diesels. Portland is a major rail center so there are plenty of trains to photograph and we are also fortunate enough to have a couple of resident steamers which get out on occasion.











Quoting Toast (Reply 1):
Boats, on the other hand... The Internet is in dire need of a boat-spotting site comparable to a.net. The few sites devoted to it are awfully amateurish.

I agree completely. I've been getting into ship photography of late and have noticed the same thing. The closest site I have found is http://www.shipspotting.com , which I contribute to, but it has a long way to go before it resembles a.net. There is some really poor work on the site, the search engine sucks and load speeds are often atrocious. I also have a ship gallery on pbase.

-------------------------
Phil

[Edited 2007-11-08 23:02:43]

User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Quoting Toast (Reply 1):
) that I'm not a planespotter, either. I'll take tons of pics at airports and during flights, but I've never felt the need to go have a picnic at an airport fence and spend the day watching ops

Then why the hell did you join  box   Big grin. Have you posted on anything expect non-av?  duck 

As for me, I find photography to be an interesting hobby, and ocassionally I check out railpictures, however the quality isnt as great as Anet standards, nevertheless considering that I live 75 miles from LAX, I should probably head on down toe the tracks, altho I wonder how paranoid people are taking pictures of Trains  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

I'm not exactly a trainspotter. I do like to look at trains passing by, but taking pics, not so much (though that might also be due to lack of different trains in Hamburg). That said, I sure do like to look at RailPictures.net, especially winter shots. I still hope to someday be able to catch that Canadian Christmas Train, though Big grin .

User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):
I can tell a virgin voyager from a pendalino just by the sound

Come on Gavin, we all know it's PendOlino, not PendAlino... get it right, Alex will be disappointed in you  biggrin 



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 7):
And I love to explore abandoned railroads and ROWs. Its always fascinating to find relics and remains of a long-gone piece of rail history

Me too. Industrial and abondoned railroads have some sort of mistery...

Can somebody explain me how to add pics on this forum? I added 1 pic to my profile, but how can i post it in my reply? There are also few other pics that i would like to post.


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5157 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Quoting LHRjc (Reply 18):
Come on Gavin, we all know it's PendOlino, not PendAlino... get it right, Alex will be disappointed in you biggrin

trainspotter!



That'll teach you
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Quoting PhilGil (Reply 15):

Those pictures are wonderful, I especially love the one at night.


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

Umfolozi, is it safe to walk around rail lines in South Africa?

User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Too bad AssistantChiefMark is shitcanned as he's got loads of train pics.

Kieron


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

If you want to go train spotting a great place to go in Japan, of all things! Japan has a huge variety of passenger rail systems (everything from the latest sleek Shinkansen trains to tiny narrow gauge "railbuses" that seem to go through every neighborhood backyard) and Japan also has an active vintage steam locomotive program, too.

25 Drunkmuppet : The best memory I have is hanging out on the LIRR Tracks by my house on LI. I have a ton of old pictures of the engines and frieght cars that used to
26 N231YE : Nice way of putting it...there is some sort of mystery behind abandoned railroads. To add images from YOUR profile, in the reply box, click on "Add I
27 Seb146 : I am interested in passenger trains more than freight trains and light rail most of all. I try to ride light rail every chance I get when I am in diff
28 57AZ : Probably just as (un)safe there as it is here. I also am an enthusiastic rail historian. In my exploits as a historian, I have acquired for my person
29 Post contains links and images PhilGil : Thank you, Dan! Here are a few more from the same shoot... Totally agree! I spent a few weeks in Japan in the '70s and I was in railfan heaven. I oft
30 N231YE : There are some videos of SP X4449 on YouTube. I love the sound of its whistle. There's something about big steam locomotives and their whistle, its s
31 Post contains images Toast : I was drunk, and playing with my credit card... long story...
32 SAAB900 : Alex I come from a railway family, both my dad & my uncle(who are identical twins & at one time worked together in the same signal box on the same shi
33 Post contains links and images Boeing74741R : To the thread starter... Yes I do, I also have an online gallery if anybody is interested: http://alexsrailwaypictures.fotopic.net My interest is down
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