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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 12: The first shot of the Harrison Branch

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
Montana Rail Link's Harrison Local rolls across a trestle between Sappington and Harrison, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along, and join me in my protest! After we photogra...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 11: Let the chase begin

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
Montana Rail Link's local to Harrison departs Logan, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! As we approached the grade crossing east of Logan to ph...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 10: The wait is on

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
A BNSF eastbound manifest rolls into Logan, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! After shooting time exposures of the eastbound, it was time to get s...
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Change is coming to Chama: 20,000 new riders, controlled access, and maybe a roundhouse for the Cumbres & Toltec?

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Cumbres & Toltec 2-8-2 No. 489 lifts a train out of Antonito, Colo., in August 2011. Jim Wrinn photo CHAMA, N.M. — Anyone who has set foot on this hallowed ground knows just how special the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic is thanks to its heritage and rugged authenticity. The crunch of the cinders below your feet and the well-worn look of the grounds and the equipment tell the tale of the Denver & Rio Grande Western’s difficult narrow gauge mountain railroad that dates to 1881....
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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 9: Lombard at night, train 3

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
An eastbound BNSF train on the Montana Rail Link rolls through a moonlit Lombard, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! In my previous blog, I showed ...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 8: Lombard at night, train 2

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
The DPU of a westbound BNSF coal train streaks through the Montana night at Lombard, Montana. I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest or going on strike until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! After doing time exposures wi...
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A(nother) Knoxville Fable

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Southern 2-8-0 No. 630 and executive Fs rest together at the end of Sunday's trip. A special departs Knoxville's 1904 station. View from NS theater car Buena Vista while rolling toward Knoxville along the French Broad River. Knoxville, Tenn. – This is a story about the men and women who gathered in early November 2011 in this East Tennessee renaissance city to share their enthusiasm and passion for all things steel wheel on steel rail. To those of us who experienced this y...
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Those colourful Brits, Part 2

Posted 7 years ago by Tom Murray
At Carlisle, England, a Northern Rail Class 142 Pacer DMU awaits its next trip on the right, while across the platform a Virgin Trains Class 221 Super Voyager tilting DMU arrives on an Edinburgh-Birmingham train. In Part 1 of this report I described the trains my wife Marcia and I rode in the United Kingdom in May 2011 as we traveled from Wales to London and then on to York. Our next destination was Scotland. While Marcia opted to go from York to Edinburgh the way most people would, on an E...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 7: Camping near Lombard

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
This is a sequence of a coal train heading east through Lombard, Montana in the late evening. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing at least one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! ...
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Steam miracle at East Chattanooga

Posted 7 years ago by Jim Wrinn
After emergency repairs that lasted until 2 a.m., Southern No. 630 clears her cylinder cocks as she backs out of Soule Shops and onto her train bound for Knoxville, Tenn. Jim Wrinn photo CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — On Tuesday, I watched Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 630 eat up mile after mile on the line from Chattanooga to Knoxville. The 1904 Consolidation’s run (with three coaches, diner Kentucky, and office car West Virginia) for the Lexington Group was effortless on this secondary main ...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 6: This train blew us away

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
A BNSF westbound windmill extra rolls west along the Missouri River near Lombard, Montana. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! After catching t...
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Those colourful Brits, Part 1

Posted 7 years ago by Tom Murray
A Freightliner Heavy Haul train waits at a signal at Shrewsbury, England, on May 3, 2011. The EMD JT42CWR (known as Class 66 in the U.K.) was introduced by English Welsh and Scottish Railway in the late 1990s. This model has proven very popular in both the U.K. (where more than 400 are in service today) and in mainland Europe, where more than a dozen operators use them. This image combines several of my favorite things about the British rail scene: modern equipment; a distinctive livery; semap...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, Week 5: Another one at Milepost 189

Posted 7 years ago by tdanneman
A BNSF eastbound manifest rolls east along the Missouri River near Lombard, Montana. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information, and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along, and join me in my protest!After photographing Montan...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, week 4: Lombard and the Helena Local

Posted 8 years ago by tdanneman
Montana Rail Link's Helena Local heads back to its namesake city. (click to view larger) I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! After photographing the ballast train...
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In Amtrak's 40th anniversary display train’s dust, observations on the exhibits, glassy-eyed fans, Amtrak’s young bucks, and a question about the future

Posted 8 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Uniforms, posters, models, china, and more fill out Amtrak's 40th anniversary display train. Jim Wrinn photo   MILWAUKEE – Amtrak’s 40th anniversary display train spent last weekend at the downtown Milwaukee depot at the corner of St. Paul and Fifth. The railroad opened the train to the public, and TRAINS and other organizations set up a table inside the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (it also houses buses) as part of the event.  Several of us from work attended a rec...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, week 3: Pipestone Ballast

Posted 8 years ago by tdanneman
A BNSF ballast train loads at Pipestone Ballast. (click to view larger) I’ll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along and join me in my protest! After photographing the Paradise Local near Quinns, we m...
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Tom’s Montana Protest, week 2: The Paradise Local heads to St. Regis

Posted 8 years ago by tdanneman
A three-car Paradise local rolls through Quinns, Mont. I'll be sharing one photo of my trip every week until I head out to Montana once again. I guess I look at it like my way of holding a protest, or going on strike, until I get my way and I depart for Big Sky Country. Along the way, I will try to give everyone some information, and other tidbits about each photograph. So come along, and join me in my protest! The Paradise Local finished up its switching chores in Paradise and highb...
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Steam in the northwest corner of Wales

Posted 8 years ago by Tom Murray
Welsh Highland Railway Garratt number 87 at Pont Croesor, Wales My wife and I traveled to Europe this past spring and summer. Our journey took us to Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the three Scandinavian countries (plus neighbor Finland, where Marcia has relatives), and Switzerland, and included a brief side trip to visit friends in Belgrade, Serbia. For the most part, this wasn't a rail-oriented trip, but Marcia's happy to ride trains, so it wasn't hard to persuade her that...
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Larger than life, Bennett Levin enjoys sharing the railroad experience

Posted 8 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Bennett Levin enjoys time on board the Susquehannock passenger excursion on Oct. 1, 2011. A pair of NS light helpers pace the rear of the excursion train descending into Altoona, Pa. from Horseshoe Curve on Oct. 1.   Descending Pennsylvania's famous Horseshoe Curve on board an excursion train last Saturday, it is easy to ladle out praise like K4s once devoured coal here. There's admiration for the original builders of this, one of the mightiest railroad engineering feats of ...
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Tom’s Montana Protest: Montana Rail Link’s Paradise Local

Posted 8 years ago by tdanneman
A Montana Rail Link GP9 awaits the call to duty in Paradise, Montana.   Well, I’m back from Montana. What a wonderful trip it was! Of course, we saw trains, but we also caught plenty of fish, and we even camped a couple of nights. It simply was one of the best all-around trips I’ve had. It was made even better by being able to spend time with my brother and friends. At various times, we had a group of seven of us, including Kent Johnson (Classic Toy Trains and Model Railroad...
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Narrow your horizons

Posted 8 years ago by Jim Wrinn
The Southeast isn't known for its narrow gauge heritage. Slim-gauge lines here were primarily industrial in nature. The last of these is Palmetto Brick, near Wallace, S.C., which operates a 2-foot-gauge clay-hauling railroad. But this week and weekend, the 31st National Narrow Gauge convention is meeting here in Hickory, N.C., in the foothills, to discuss, praise, and adore railroads with rails less than 4 feet 8 1/2 inches apart. More than 1,000 narrow gauge enthusiasts are here fro...
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On the Southern loops, Norfolk Southern is a busy railroad

Posted 8 years ago by Jim Wrinn
The general consensus is that the loops that enable Norfolk Southern to climb the Blue Ridge near Old Fort, N.C., are less busy today than in the past. Before the 1982 NS merger, Southern sent more traffic up and down the mountain that stretches a 3-mile climb over impossible grades into a 13-mile spiral staircase with 2.2 percent grades. NS rerouted it via Knoxville, Bristol, and Roanoke. But you couldn't tell that by my visit to the region on Wednesday. It was as busy as I've ever se...
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Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Photos made in the footsteps of Al Kalmbach

Posted 8 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
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 where the rail lines are still active today. Then I began searching for modern-day photographs of my own that might complement what Al Kalmbach had done six decades ago. The results appear in th...
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Kathi’s Swiss Rail Adventure, part 3: A little more fanning and a ride on a funicular

Posted 8 years ago by Kathi Kube
Earlier in my trip to Switzerland, I had enjoyed train rides through the countryside, a ride in a cable car, a zipline, a trottie bike, and an amazing journey to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe.On this day, we slowed down a bit and visited Harder Kulm, which is very near Interlaken Ost. (In fact, my first day wandering around the station, I found the tracks not knowing what they were, just amazed they seemed to travel nearly vertically right up the mountain. All week the weather had been drea...
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Kathi’s Swiss Rail Adventure, part 2: Off to see a Swiss miss, who’s nearly 100 years old!

Posted 8 years ago by Kathi Kube
The next morning was one I was most excited about. We were headed for Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. The railroad to the station, which at 11,333 feet is the highest elevation train station in Europe, was built nearly 100 years ago. Specifically, Adolf Guyler-Zeller began building Jungfraubahn in 1894, and finished it in 1912. I'm impressed enough with what it takes to build a railroad these days, but tunneling up and into the Alps 100 years ago and in killer conditions to create a tourist...
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Welcome back old friend; I have missed you

Posted 8 years ago by Jim Wrinn
Ears pinned back, Southern No. 630 rolls at 40 mph on Sunday on the NS main line at Chattanooga, Tenn., on one of the first trips of NS's new 21st Century Steam program. Photo by Jim Wrinn   I saw something I thought I'd never see last week: A steam train rolling down the Norfolk Southern main line with the company's CEO, a slew of vice presidents, and guests on board. That feeling of amazement actually began before the first wheel moved. As we strode to board Tennessee ...
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Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Your burning question about TRAINS answered. Yes, we use rail service — indirectly

Posted 8 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
  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 trains?The answer, I'm happy to report, is a qualified yes. I say "qualified" because Kalmbach itself does not ship by rail. But our printing company, Quad/Graphics, does re...
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Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: It’s not always sunny in Waukesha

Posted 8 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
  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.?I've really enjoyed this chance to revisit some great photo locations and rediscover how fascinating the local railroads are in TRAINS' backyard.Yet I feel I may have misled you with this series of sunny-day photos, made possible by a blissfully pleasant August. The t...
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Trains magazine art director railfans the Montana Rail Link, part deux

Posted 8 years ago by tdanneman
A short Montana Rail Link ML (Missoula-Laurel) freight negotiates the curves through Lombard Canyon. Leading the MRL are two SD70ACe’s and an SD40-2XR. Photo by Tom Danneman You may remember that I took a short trip out to see the Montana Rail Link back in May. It's time for me to head to Montana again, and I'd like you to follow along! My brother, a friend, and I will be flying out to Big Sky Country on September 8, and we'll be there through September 18 to catch some acti...
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Hitting the road this weekend. Destination? Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Posted 8 years ago by Jim Wrinn
I'm going to Tennessee this weekend to help an old friend celebrate a landmark birthday. This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the earliest and most successful preservation groups in the Southeast, and to celebrate, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is putting on a show Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The museum's most recent achievement, the restoration of Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 630, will be the featured attraction on short mainline trips from TVRM's Grand Junction depot ...

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