Matt finds the trains in TRAINS’ backyard: Canadian Pacific splits the crossing in Brookfield

Posted by Matt Van Hattem
on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Canadian Pacific's ex-Soo Line SD60 blazed east leading coal train No. 800 in Waukesha, Wis.

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.?

We're back on Canadian Pacific's former Milwaukee Road main line in Brookfield, just north of Waukesha. This hill near the tracks is a favorite local spot to watch CP trains.

At midday on August 19, this candy apple red Soo Line SD60 blazed east leading coal train No. 800. Grade crossings are sometimes difficult to photograph, but the hill provides some welcome elevation. The train is also on Track 1, which is the far track for this photo, getting the engine a bit away from the lowered crossing gates. This is the western end of the main track split that I blogged about last week.

What I like: That red Soo Line unit shines, moving through a classic suburban setting.

What I don't like: The midday sun mutes the colors a bit. They would pop later in the day, but by then, this time of year, the sun would have swung around to the north. What do you think?

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