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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Canadian National races through the night

Posted 8 years ago by D-Halv
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 Designer Scott Krall, and Single Copy Sales Director Jerry Burstein), I decided it was time to try another night shot. Being near Canadian National's Fond du Lac, Wis.-Chicago main line, I had ...
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Grab a bowl! I’m ladling out locomotives

Posted 8 years ago by Angela Pusztai-Pasternak
Locomotives are a veritable vegetable soup. If it wasn’t for Jim Kerr’s Official Locomotive Rosters and Kalmbach’s Railroad Reference books, I don’t know what I would do. Between reporting marks and locomotive types, railroads made texting cool before we had a name for it. E and F units, in particular, tend to boggle my brain. So, let’s hash them out, or dice them up, or just julienne this locomotive buffet. Let’s begin with the Es. EMC built 6 models of th...
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Notes from Train Festival: What you might have missed even if you were there

Posted 8 years ago by Jim Wrinn
It's been a couple of days now since Train Festival 2011 concluded in Rock Island, Ill., and I finally have had time to adjust to not baking in 100-degree heat on a daily basis while thousands of people mill around hot, heavy metal and fawn over live steamers and model railroads. I've also become reconciled to fact that there's not a steam train running every afternoon at 2 p.m. For shame! So, from the air-conditioned, steam train-less comfort of my office, here are a few thoughts an...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Lovin' the low, wide angle

Posted 8 years ago by D-Halv
Two Canadian Pacific (ex-SOO) SD60Ms haul autoracks at Maple Street en route to Chicago. Canon EOS 30D, 7/25/2011, 0.5 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 18mm. Drew Halverson photo With only one week left in my month-long photo challenge, I'm finding it difficult to find new vantage points in my familiar territory. However, I wanted to hit a popular location, in this case Maple Street in downtown Milwaukee along Canadian Pacific's C&M subdivision, and try a shot that isn't a typical wedge, fea...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Catching up!

Posted 8 years ago by D-Halv
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, the locomotive's silhouette, and its exhaust. What I don't like:  Those "lovely" high tension wires adjacent to the Adams line for miles. What I learned:  When th...
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Riding through the floods Part 2: What do you do when train cancellations put you inside the story you’re covering?

Posted 8 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
Guest blog series from Bob Johnston Covering the passenger rail beat is always a challenge, but sometimes you stumble across more opportunities than you bargained for. That was especially true this past May and June, when massive flooding turned a train trip to North Dakota into a week-long rail adventure that had me riding trains in two different countries, going hundreds of miles out of the way. My discretionary train-riding soon gave way to booking trips of necessity, as travel options quic...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Attempting a pan shot

Posted 8 years ago by D-Halv
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 before work. This southbound train showed up when I did and provided for an early effort. It's a "pan shot" attempt, where I basically tried to capture the train with the background ...
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Riding through the floods Part 1: Bob Johnston’s Empire Builder notebook

Posted 8 years ago by Matt Van Hattem
Guest blog series from Bob Johnston Covering the passenger rail beat is always a challenge, but sometimes you stumble across more opportunities than you bargained for. That was especially true this past May and June, when massive flooding turned a train trip to North Dakota into a week-long rail adventure that had me riding trains in two different countries, going hundreds of miles out of the way. My discretionary train-riding soon gave way to booking trips of necessity, as trave...
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Drew's Fantastic Train Photo Adventure: Canadian Pacific in the morning

Posted 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 ...