ALexeu
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Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:26 pm

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.

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Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:41 pm

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
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:05 pm

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.


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Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:05 pm

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
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:06 pm

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


http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee154/airfoilsguy/CIMG0031.jpg
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Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:27 pm

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.

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Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:03 pm

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]
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:15 pm

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.
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:42 pm

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.
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:08 pm

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.
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:06 pm

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

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Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:23 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):

You forgot that he knows everyone that works for TPE  Wink
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:27 pm

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
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:47 pm

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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Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:34 am

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.
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RE: Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:47 am

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.

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[Edited 2007-11-08 23:02:43]
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:23 am

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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Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:09 am

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 .
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:33 pm

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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Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:05 pm

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.
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:06 pm

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!
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:32 pm

Quoting PhilGil (Reply 15):

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


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Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:53 pm

Umfolozi, is it safe to walk around rail lines in South Africa?
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:02 pm

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

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Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:06 pm

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.
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:33 pm

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 come down the Oyster Bay line.
Tampa has nothing to spot now. Trains, Planes, etc
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:42 pm

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 19):
Me too. Industrial and abondoned railroads have some sort of mistery...

Nice way of putting it...there is some sort of mystery behind abandoned railroads.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 19):
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.

To add images from YOUR profile, in the reply box, click on "Add Images." Then select the size you want to use.

To insert images off the web, you must copy the address of the photo to the reply box, and put the img tags around the address (minus the +'s), so you get something like this [+img]Insert Image here.jpg[+/img]
 
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:51 pm

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 different cities. I have yet to ride in Los Angeles or Denver even though I have visited both cities many times.

Phil: I recognized the Fremont Bridge right off in the first pic, but where was the last pic taken?
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Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:16 pm

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 22):
Umfolozi, is it safe to walk around rail lines in South Africa?

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 personal collection, three samples of rare pieces of rail. One is a four inch segment of iron strap rail, the second is a four foot long section of iron bridge rail and the third is a section of "pear" or hollow irong T rail. The T rail replaced the bridge and strap rail in the 1850s on the line that these pieces of rail were recoverd from. I also have two pieces of street railway rail removed from Congress Street in Tucson in 2007.
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RE: Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:19 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 21):
Those pictures are wonderful, I especially love the one at night.

Thank you, Dan! Here are a few more from the same shoot...







Quoting RayChuang (Reply 24):
If you want to go train spotting a great place to go in Japan,

Totally agree! I spent a few weeks in Japan in the '70s and I was in railfan heaven. I often felt like I was inside a 1:1 scale model railroad; trains of all kinds were everywhere.

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 27):
Phil: I recognized the Fremont Bridge right off in the first pic, but where was the last pic taken?

Winlock, Washington. It's a couple of miles off I-5 between Longview and Centralia. It's on the main line between Seattle and Portland (BNSF Seattle Sub) so there's a lot of traffic.
 
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RE: Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:28 pm

Quoting PhilGil (Reply 29):

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 sends chills down mine spine (sounds kinda ghostly, reminding one of the bygone golden era of railroads.)
 
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RE: Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:11 pm

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 16):
Then why the hell did you join

I was drunk, and playing with my credit card... long story... Big grin
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RE: Do You Like Rail Photography (Train Spotting)?

Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:57 pm

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 shift!!) just retired last year after working for the railways since they left school(over 40 years service)! So I was brought up with railways, I still keep up to date with them through my dads magazines. Up to losing my free travel passes when I left school I went all over U.K by train. I find foreign systems more interesting than the U.K, my Fiancee is Slovakian & whenever we go back over to her parents I always make time to go down to the station in Presov to watch the action & to take photos. I dont work for the railways myself but there is a connection as I'm a tram driver in Sheffield (www.supertram.com) My main interest is Aviation but Railways will be a close 2nd!

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Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:39 pm

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 to the fact that I live right next to a railway line near Wigan, with two trains an hour each way off-peak run by Northern Rail. I have a bigger interest in railways than I do in aviation  duck  but I suppose living next to a railway is to blame for that. I also do a bit of stewarding on several railtours, lately on tours promoted by Compass Tours using Class 47 diesel locos with Mk.2 coaches. I am only really interested in the UK rail system (even though the whole system is a joke) with a very small interest in Spanish and Portuguese state railways.

One good thing about my local line (station is a 10 minute walk from my house) is that one of the two trains an hour go to/from Manchester Airport, so I sometimes take the camera down there and spend a few hours taking pictures.

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