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In search of steam (and vintage diesels) on a western road trip
My father, to whom I owe my interest in railroads, was a long-time subscriber to both Trains and Model Railroader . He and I made many trips during my childhood to watch trains at various places in central Massachusetts, where I grew up. But he didn't take many photos of trains, so the two below, which...
Mon, Jan 28 2013
Train-watching at Missouri Valley
The town of Missouri Valley, Iowa, is 40 miles north of Omaha, Neb., on I-29. It's the site of some of the most concentrated and intense mainline freight action you'll ever see. And I make it a point to get out there whenever business takes me to Omaha. Such was the case the week of Halloween for the...
Thu, Nov 8 2012
2011 Trains photo contest winners
For this year's photo contest, we were looking for creative use of light and shadow. Overall, the quality of photos submitted was very high, making the task of choosing the winners even harder than usual. Take a look at the winners below and please leave your comments. Thank you. Grand Prize...
Thu, May 24 2012
It's a great time to be in railroading
The Transportation Research Board is holding its 91st Annual Meeting this week in Washington, D.C., and I’m here looking for ideas for technology columns, seeing old friends, and meeting new contacts who can help bring the latest in the rail industry to Trains’ pages. Just yesterday morning...
Tue, Jan 24 2012
Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: The most elusive train of all
Matt Van Hattem
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.? You're watching Union Pacific local LPA70 switching cars on a...
Tue, Aug 23 2011
Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Two trains at once — a photo I’ve waited 10 years for
Matt Van Hattem
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...
Fri, Aug 12 2011
Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Ode to the pole line
Matt Van Hattem
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.? Thank you to all of you who have "liked" or commented on...
Thu, Aug 11 2011
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...
Mon, Jul 25 2011
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...
Mon, Jul 18 2011
Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: If at first you don't succeed
Leading a locomotive trio featuring the YN2 paint scheme, CSX C40-8W No. 7834 rolls west on the Adams line in Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, July 13, 2011, 1/800 sec, f/6.3, ISO 320, 84mm. Drew Halverson photo Let’s add CSX to the list of railroads featured in this monthly photo challenge! For...
Thu, Jul 14 2011
Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Practice makes improvement
Union Pacific's MSSPR rolls by Habanero's Mexican Kitchen in Wauwatosa, Wis., on a clear summer night. Canon EOS 30D, 7/11/2011, 0.8 sec, f/11, ISO 250, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo Here's the first photo of the series I'd like to have back. I contemplated not even using it, but then...
Tue, Jul 12 2011
Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Starring Union Pacific, CITX, with special guest Miller Park
July 8 Union Pacific No. 7261 leads Weston coal loads through Merton, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/8/2011, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 250, 161mm. Drew Halverson photos I'm soaking wet right now, after this month's first big storm. And I fell climbing the stairs at work this morning (just...
Mon, Jul 11 2011
Won’t somebody please think of the children?
I was set to pondering Dan Machalaba’s September feature, “What to do about NIMBYS?” when I stumbled across this column in the Manteca Bulletin (Calif.), " Be very afraid: UP toying with monster trains ." The columnist tells us to “be very afraid” of “monster” trains. This all goes back to...
Mon, Aug 23 2010
Looking for the star of the show in a yellow and blue advertisement for the Boy Scouts
For me, the highlight of the Rochelle, Ill., Railroad Park’s Railroad Days last weekend wasn’t the bounty of trains that the Union Pacific and BNSF Railway sent parading by on that rainy and muggy Saturday. It wasn’t in the goofy watermelon seed spitting contest either that attracted more folks than...
Fri, Jun 11 2010
Union Pacific operating income jumps 47 percent in a year
Posted by Roy Blanchard Union Pacific stepped up to the quarterly earnings plate Thursday and, like CSX, knocked the first pitch out of the park. It’s a case of doing many things right. Operating income was up 47 percent to $988 million on a 16 percent revenue increase to $4 billion. Operating expense...
Mon, Apr 26 2010
Finding shades of the past on the rails of the West
On Tuesday morning, the shop door at the Nevada State Railroad Museum lifted and a century-old ghost rolled out. Virginia & Truckee McKeen car No. 22, under restoration for years, puttered out under its own power. This is a rare car, possibly the only one that’s complete today. McKeen’s nautical...
Wed, Mar 17 2010
Union Pacific 2-8-0 No. 618 makes a rare appearance
Posted by Jim Wrinn, Editor Heber Valley Railroad Executive Director Craig Lacey was astounded at the phone call he got Tuesday. It was from a resident of the region just east of Salt Lake City wondering what that sound was. “She wondered if it was a cow in distress, or maybe giving birth,” Lacey said...
Thu, Feb 18 2010
Jim Wrinn's list of “must see” places and “must do” experiences; what’s on yours?
Everybody has a life’s “to do” list. Some people have heightened this sense of urgency by calling it their “bucket list” of must-do activities they consider essential before they pass from this earth or “kick the bucket.” I was reminded of this earlier this week when I saw pictures of the tiny two-truck...
Thu, Dec 17 2009
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