Saturday, May 30, 2015

Central of Georgia

It's been quite a while since Norfolk Southern's  Central of Georgia heritage motor came through our area. Thanks to the folk on the Facing Book for yet another heads up. The last time it came thru here was also at night, in early December, trailing 3rd on a westbound intermodal train. This time is was leading a Herzog train.

Since then I've acquired a nice external flash and a pair of remote triggers, so the picture taking experience is much gooder. Below is the one shot I took as it appeared rolling by the Parson's Table. Not a bad shot.

The Central of Georgia made the return trip on the Herzog train the following afternoon. I caught up to it at Sand Valley and took a few more pictures, even though it was trailing third this trip. The train was moving very fast when it came by so they weren't as sharp as I wanted but here they are:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mating Worms

Norfolk Southern's Penn Central made a daylight run through Jonesborough leading 23G back from Louisville, Ky to Norfolk, Va. I've seen it a few times before, but not leading, and that's cool. It was a late afternoon shoot so I went to one of my favorite places to shoot that time of day, the 2nd street crossing. This location puts the sun on the side of the train, helping to eliminate weird shadows.

Here's the pics:

A Face only a Mother Could Love.

I finally got some pictures of Norfolk Southern's Illinois Terminal Heritage engine in Jonesborough ! Most Excellent. I'd seen it once before over in Norton Va, and got some nice pics of it sitting the Norton yard, but this is better. It was the cherry-on-top of a great train weekend that saw 4, yes 4, heritage engines come through Jonesborough. 

Since it was going to be a morning shoot, I went to the only place I in Jonesborough that lets me shoot an east-bound train with the sun at my back. The only downside was that it was trailing 3rd, not working as a DPU as is the norm on 23G, but, you have to shoot what you see, right?

 Here's the results from the Jonesborough shoot:

I had not planned to shoot any more, but when the train in front of it stopped, it held up for about 40 minutes in Johnson City, so I took that opportunity to get a few more pictures. There were back lit though, so they took a bit more work in post processing.