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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Canadian Pacific in the morning

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
Led by lone Canadian Pacific GEVO, Minneapolis-Bensenville, Ill., train 182 heads south at Grand Avenue in Milwaukee, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/20/2011, 6:42 am, 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo  I crawled out of bed early this morning in hopes of catching some action on the Canadian Pacific. The railroad did not disappoint! Four trains in an hour around Milwaukee made for fun railfanning before work. What I like:  This location on the Wisconsin Avenue bridg...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Fresh perspective at a less-traveled location

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
Elgin, Joliet & Eastern No. 666 leads a freight northbound at Ackerville, Wis., on a sunny July afternoon. Canon EOS 30D, 7/2/2011, 1/1250 sec. f/6.3, ISO 125, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo I pulled this one out of the backup stash from this month, as I wasn't able to get trackside yesterday. This image is taken from a new perspective and from a location I've only photographed a few times. However, Ackerville, Wis., is a popular railfan location. What I like:  The wide a...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Featuring Canadian National, Union Pacific, Indiana Rail Road, and bird poop

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
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 A northbound CN freight rounds a curve into North Sussex, Wis., passing beneath the Union Pacific Adams line. Canon EOS 30D, 7/16/2011, 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 125, 92mm. Drew Halverso...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Busting out the telephoto lens

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
A hot RoadRailer train works its way south on Union Pacific, about to roll under the intersection of Highway 100 and Bluemound Road in Wauwatosa, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/15/2011, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400, 141mm. Drew Halverson photo I've been using my wide angle lens a lot throughout my photo project this month, since it helps me to gain new perspectives around the city. I decided to try my telephoto lens this morning at a spot I've often wanted to try. At the busy in...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: If at first you don't succeed

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
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 this photograph, I returned to Merton, Wis., on Union Pacific’s Adams line (see “Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Starring Union Pacific, CITX, with special guest Miller...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Slaying Duplainville

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
Amtrak's westbound Empire Builder, piloted by legendary hogger Craig Willett, flies by Duplainville, Wis., on a cloudy July afternoon. Canon EOS 30D, 7/12/2011, 1/1000 sec, f/9, ISO 200, 34mm. Drew Halverson photo I'm back on the saddle today and quite happy after slaying the proverbial dragon of Duplainville. If you're local, and even if you're not, you've probably heard of Duplainville, Wis., where the Canadian Pacific crosses the Canadian National....
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Practice makes improvement

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
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 Trains Senior Graphic Designer Scott Krall reminded me that this is what the month-long adventure is all about: trying new shots, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing. As always, he...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Starring Union Pacific, CITX, with special guest Miller Park

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
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 thought I add that for a laugh)! Still, the weather this past weekend was really nice, even though, as far as the trains go, it was just "one of those weekends." The lack of timely rail ...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Starring Canadian Pacific's former Iowa, Chicago & Eastern

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
Canadian Pacific's former Iowa, Chicago & Eastern SD40-2 No. 6404, named the "City of Everly," crosses the Menomonee River in Milwaukee, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/7/2011, 1/800 sec. f/7.1, ISO 400, 39mm. Drew Halverson photo  That right there is my favorite shot of the month so far! The whole reason I took on this rail photo challenge was to find new perspectives within the territory I thought I knew so well. Last night, I explored three different locations ...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 6

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
The recently remodeled Sixth Street bridge stands tall over the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. Canon EOS 30D, 7/6/2011, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 125, 70mm. Drew Halverson photo Last night was one of those difficult evenings because the weather was perfect, but the railroads weren't very busy. So, I went downtown to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station where one of Amtrak's Milwaukee-Chicago Hiawatha trains was parked at the platform. No. 186 caught my eye, providing an entert...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 5

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
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 Art Director Tom Danneman and I stopped trackside after work. Knowing we had a northbound Canadian National train approaching, we opted for a shot from the Bugline bike trail in Sussex, Wi...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 4

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
A pair of Norfolk Southern engines moves alongside State Street past Hector's Mexican Restaurant in Wauwatosa, Wis. Canon EOS 30D, 7/4/2011, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo On July 4, I went to Wauwatosa, Wis. The Canadian Pacific double track main runs parallel to State Street, where you can find great restaurants, bars, and parks. One of my favorites is Hector's, known for great Mexican cuisine and an even better view of the rail action! I wanted to tak...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 1-3

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
July 1 SOO GP38-2 No. 4449 and crew rumble back to Canadian Pacific's Muskego Yard in downtown Milwaukee after switching out cars at Lonestar. Canon EOS 30D, 7/1/2011, 1/800 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 141mm. Drew Halverson photos What a great Fourth of July weekend, filled with a lot of relaxation and trains! Just a few days into my rail photography project, where I'm striving to photograph 31 different trains from new perspectives in Southeastern Wisconsin, and time is flying!...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: July 1

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
The Norfolk Southern-powered RoadRailer heads west into the sunset on Union Pacific's Adams line in Sussex, Wis. as cattails reach for the sky, on June 29, 2011. Camera info: Canon EOS 30D, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18mm, 1/400 sec. Photo by Drew Halverson Happy July everyone! We've got temperatures in the 90s today in Waukesha, Wis., and I'm pumped! Summer has finally arrived, which is one reason why I decided to challenge my railroad photography skills. Summertime ...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure, July 2011

Posted 7 years ago by D-Halv
From April 2011, downtown Milwaukee, WI at sunset. Wisconsin Southern grain train to Chicago running on Canadian Pacific’s C&M line. Drew Halverson photo As a photographer, I often find myself looking for new challenges, ways to push the envelope and come away with images that I wouldn't have thought were possible. In the railroading arena, this plight is quite challenging, especially when you've shot a certain area most of your life. In my case, I...
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Of fishing and photographing the Montana Rail Link

Posted 7 years ago by Matt Quandt
Special post from Tom Danneman, Trains magazine art director   Last week, I returned from vacation in Montana where I was able to partake in two of my favorite pastimes: fishing and railfanning. I flew out to Spokane, Wash., where I met my brother and some friends. We didn't have too much on the agenda except for catching fish and catching trains. Most of the time, the trains took precedence. Since we were only there for a few days, we concentrated on Montana Rail Link's...
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2010 Trains photo contest winners

Posted 7 years ago by Kathi Kube
In recent years, Trains magazine has assigned a theme for our photo contest. This time we let the field wide open, asking you to send us no more than five of the photos that you thought were your best work. We received a huge response, but the winning photos clearly stood out. Take a look below and please leave your comments. Thank you. Grand Prize: Mike Johannessen' stunning pan shot. First prize: Steve Carter's shot of a TriMet train perfectly framed on Portland, Ore.'s...
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Trains magazine art director railfans the Montana Rail Link

Posted 7 years ago by Matt Quandt
Special post from Tom Danneman, Trains Art Director On May 9, 2010, Montana Rail Link's Gas Local rolls along the Flathead River east of Perma, Montana. Tom Danneman photo I'm lucky enough to be heading out to Big Sky Country Montana tonight to catch up on some rest and relaxation, and maybe do a little train-watching along the Montana Rail Link between Missoula and Sandpoint, Idaho.  O.K., you got me. I'll probably do more train-watching than rest and relaxation. R...
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Just when you think tourist railroading is tame, watch out

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
The problem: the tree has come to rest on the train. The solution: Mr. Chainsaw to the rescue! Jim Wrinn photo   First off, I swear to you: I did not see the tree coming. I wish I could say that I did, because I've always prided myself as having eagle eyes (and I did spot that guy in the tracks near Santa Cruz last year). But it was Sean on the right side of the cab who saw the tree directly in our path. He manipulated the 24RL brake to bring our train to a smooth but abrupt halt at...
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Meet Nevada Bob

Posted 7 years ago by Andy Cummings
Dear reader, You're no doubt by now familiar with "Smilin' Bob," the television spokesman for the drug Enzyte. But you're probably not familiar with his cousin, "Nevada Bob." Rather than me making the introduction, I'll let Robert "Nevada Bob" Alan Kemp introduce himself in his own words: "A simple single mere mortal non-learned man."  Nevada Bob does business at the Surface Transportation Board as the Nevada Central Railroad. Accor...
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TRAINS editor heads to class on signaling and train control

Posted 7 years ago by Kathi Kube
Editing stories requires more than just having a strong command of grammar and spelling; more than anything, it requires a person to become sort of a minute-expert in whatever subject the story is about. Sometimes learning enough to edit a story is fairly easy because it's close to a subject we're already interested in, or it builds on previous knowledge we've gained from other stories. Sometimes, though, editing a story properly requires a little more education. Well, yeste...
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Shortline time down south now includes doublestacks

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
See if this hits you the same way it hit me: A southeastern shortline railroad whose reporting marks are HOG is going to start running doublestack containers in June between Cordele and the port at Savannah, Ga. The operation will take trains over three railroads on a route as straight as can be between the Atlantic Ocean and this business center in South Georgia. My reaction, after hearing about this development at this week’s American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association meeting ...
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What's your sign, dude?

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Let me start off by saying that I was one of your riders on Easter Sunday morning on Cleveland’s RTA light rail line from Green to Tower City. I wanted to compliment you on your handling of our two-car articulated train. It was as smooth as silk. Well done. Too bad there were not more people on board, but, hey, it was a holiday and a Sunday morning, so I’m sure it’s sparse on a day like that. Car 826 was impressive, a sporty job built in Italy in 1981 to whisk your fellow Cle...
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Did the Easter bunny find you? He brought me four blue eggs!

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Look at these three blue Easter eggs in Cleveland! A trio of ex-Conrail SD40-2s assembles a hopper train on April 24. Jim Wrinn photo I was in Ohio last weekend as the guest of the Akron Railroad Club, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The group kindly asked me to be its banquet speaker at the University of Akron on Saturday night, and I really enjoyed their hospitality and camaraderie. Thus, I awoke Sunday morning in Cleveland. I jokingly mentioned in a text to a friend that...
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Source Code: Was that a Metra train or a bad dream?

Posted 7 years ago by Angela Pusztai-Pasternak
By Angela Pusztai-Pasternak and Matt Van Hattem (Trains’ entertainment critics at large) Angela: Decisions, decisions … should I see “Sucker Punch” or “Source Code?” And must I really look at trains during my free time?I try to avoid watching movies and TV shows featuring trains, but alas the trains always seem to appear, whether I like it or not. So, I broke my rule, wanting to get the most for my money, and saw “Source Code” on opening ni...
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A tale of two Consolidations

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Once upon a time, two Southern Railway Consolidations escaped the torch when diesels came to replace them. One of them found itself on display in a park near the zoo in Knoxville, Tenn. The other went to work for a shortline railroad, and then its old railroad wanted it back as a rolling ambassador for the company on excursion trains. The one in the park weathered the years, a spectacle to those who came to visit but otherwise ignored, while the other one gained fame as a link to the past for ...
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What’s your “honorable mention” rail trail?

Posted 7 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
Here's a guest post from our Map of the Month illustrator, Bill Metzger. It's about the "Rails to trails across America: Your guide to 415 trails 10 miles or longer (11,830 miles in all)" map in the May 2011 issue of Trains. This map has generated a lot of reader letters, so we thought we'd share some of the "honorable mentions" that didn't make the map.   Staple Bend Tunnel, the first railroad tunnel in the United States, was built ...
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Suddenly, Wisconsin wants trains?

Posted 7 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
Wisconsin's state capitol rises above weedy tracks that once carried Chicago & North Western streamliners from the Windy City into Madison, Wis. Matt Van Hattem photo You'd think the spring 2011 meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Railroad Passengers would be a depressing affair. After all, the state's newly elected governor just turned away nearly $1 billion in federal grants to restore passenger service between Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. But no. The 40 ...
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Southbound editor soaks up the sun and the rails of his homeland

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
I am traveling back where I come from. I am in the south, where the temperatures are already in the 70s, the sun shines bright, the trees are greening up nicely, college girls hang their arms out of an open car window to catch the breeze, lost hunting dogs look into car windows for their masters, and railroads put on a wonderful show worthy of the region.  I am in a city that is foreign to me: Augusta, Ga. When I was growing up, it was just a bit too far to reach for a day trip o...
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Asia’s most outrageous transportation

Posted 7 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
There must be hundreds of different ideas for moving people by public transportation. I found some unique twists on familiar themes during a visit to Asia last December. (You can read about Asia's high speed trains in the April 2011 issue of Trains Magazine.) With each new experience, I felt like Charles Darwin finding a slightly different mockingbird at each Galapagos island. Here are some of the transit highlights from my trip. Hong Kong, China - Double deck trams Hong Kong is...

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