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  • Blog Post: A mid-winter thaw

    Last week, I was reading Slate Magazine’s Moneybox column by Daniel Gross , in which he makes the case that recovery will come sooner and stronger than we expect. Much as I’d like to believe him, I think we all have doubts right now about how long it’ll be before the economy we live on returns to normal...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 5

    A northbound Canadian National freight passes under Union Pacific's Adams line in Sussex, Wis., and prepares to roll under the photographer's position on the Bugline trail. Canon EOS 30D, July 5, 2011, 1/1600 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo On this fine summer afternoon, Trains...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Featuring Canadian National, Union Pacific, Indiana Rail Road, and bird poop

    What a scorcher of a weekend, with a lot of action on the local railroads! Here are a quick three, featuring Canadian National, Union Pacific and Indiana Rail Road. Please leave your comments here or on our Trains Facebook page or Twitter . I'll be sure to check in throughout the day! July 16...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Attempting a pan shot

    Canadian National No. 2319 quickly moves a southbound manifest through Sussex, Wis., as the sun prepares to heat things up. Canon EOS 30D, 7/21/2011, 1/40 sec, f 16, ISO 125, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo I started the day off right today! I met up with Trains Art Director Tom Danneman to railfan...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Catching up!

    July 22 A Union Pacific distributed power unit pushes the rear of a westbound coal train on the Adams line in Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/8/2011, 1/1250 sec, f/8, ISO 250, 141mm. Drew Halverson photo What I like: The black-and-white treatment. This motif isolates the gleaming rails...
  • Blog Post: Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Canadian National races through the night

    A southbound Canadian National train races through the night at Duplainville, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/26/2011, 10.0 sec (Bulb), f/8, ISO 200, 18mm, handheld shutter release. Drew Halverson photo After a great round of golf (I shot an 89 and whopped up on Trains Art Director Tom Danneman, Senior Graphic...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Milepost 0

    Last month, Drew Halverson embarked on a fantastic photography project , taking a different railroad photograph each day and sharing the results with you. He did a great job coming up with new and creative ways to photograph in familiar locations. This month, I thought I would try a photography project...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Crossroads of Canada

    Throughout the month of August, I want to share photographs of the trains in TRAINS Magazine's backyard. How many different pictures can be made in a circle extending 10.27 miles from Waukesha, Wis.? Spend any time train-watching in southeastern Wisconsin and at some point or another you will...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Sunrise silhouette

    Throughout the month of August, I want to try a photography project that focuses on the trains in TRAINS Magazine's backyard. How many different pictures can be taken in a circle extending 10.27 miles from downtown Waukesha, Wis.? I woke up way before my alarm clock the other weekend, got in the...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Two trains at once — a photo I’ve waited 10 years for

    Throughout the month of August, I want to try a photography project that focuses on the trains in TRAINS Magazine's backyard. How many different pictures can be taken in a circle extending 10.27 miles from downtown Waukesha, Wis.? One of the fun things about this project is that I'm revisiting...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Time for work

    Throughout the month of August, I want to try a photography project that focuses on the trains in TRAINS Magazine's backyard. How many different pictures can be taken in a circle extending 10.27 miles from downtown Waukesha, Wis.? One of the great railroad elements of Waukesha is that a local freight...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Twilight photo in the city of churches

    Throughout the month of August, I want to try a photography project that focuses on the trains in TRAINS Magazine's backyard. How many different pictures can be taken in a circle extending 10.27 miles from downtown Waukesha, Wis.? Waukesha may not have a skyline the way, say, New York or Chicago...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: A Waukesha water wonder

    Throughout the month of August, I want to try a photography project that focuses on the trains in TRAINS Magazine's backyard. How many different pictures can be taken in a circle extending 10.27 miles from downtown Waukesha, Wis.? On a summer day, few places are more relaxing than Frame Park in Waukesha...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Your burning question about TRAINS answered. Yes, we use rail service — indirectly

    This month, I want to try a photography project that focuses on the trains in TRAINS Magazine's backyard. How many different pictures can be taken in a circle extending 10.27 miles from downtown Waukesha, Wis.? One of the questions we get most often from readers of this magazine is: Does TRAINS use...
  • Blog Post: Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Photos made in the footsteps of Al Kalmbach

    My final post in this series came from a wonderful conversation with Kevin Keefe, former Trains editor and now the vice president of Kalmbach's editorial division. As we were talking about the blog, Kevin helped me find some photos that Al Kalmbach himself had made of trains in Waukesha and Milwaukee...
  • Blog Post: Looking for railroad history in Canada’s capital

    [caption image="/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-07-48/1680.DSC_5F00_0713.JPG" position="right"]Canadian Pacific 4-8-4 No. 3100. Photo by Jim Wrinn [/caption]OTTAWA – Participants at this year’s Association of Railway Museums/Tourist Railway Association...
  • Blog Post: SOS from Canada

    Had breakfast in the dining car this morning with Susan. She boarded VIA Rail's Canadian at Rivers, Man. Hmmm, I said, we were due there about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Four-thirty, Susan replied. What time did we get there, because I must have been asleep? Midnight, Susan said. So you waited at...
  • Blog Post: Why your next trip will induce heartburn

    I’ve said before that any train I’m on can be as late as you like. I believe my exact words were “more train-riding pleasure for the same low price.” Well, forget that. I’ve changed my mind. Even idiots like me have their limit, and mine has been breached. Any train more...
  • Blog Post: Our railroads are a MESS

    I don’t recall ever seeing so much of the railroad industry in such disarray. Examples are everywhere you look. Tens of thousands of new vehicles sit on lots in Detroit and Toledo, waiting for rail cars to take them to dealers. Canadian National and Canadian Pacific strain under their government’s...
  • Blog Post: The demise of crude by rail is greatly exaggerated

    Some of my correspondents — smart people, all — have gotten a case of the jitters regarding crude oil by rail. They point to the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, the keeper of statistics for Bakken shale production, which says rail’s market share of oil leaving the state fell from a...