Living by the Rails

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This is something that I don’t mention often, but I live about 50 feet from a major railroad, where trains can go by at speeds upto 60 miles per hour (approximately 97 km/h). Ironically, it was the rails that led me into two things – digital photography (the vast majority of my photos are of trains) and scanning.

Some of my photos are, admittedly, not the greatest in the world, but others, like this one, are pretty cool. I had taken a photo of this signal standard back in January with about the same lighting conditions, and I had been looking through my photos recently and found that picture. So, on Sunday (when I was Out and About) the train happened to be doing some work with switching its loads between side tracks and the such. I actually waited for a while (because I had my handheld scanner with me, I had some clue as to what they were doing) until they got the front end of the engine right where I wanted it.

The best part is that they stopped right where you see the engine – in the perfect spot for me πŸ™‚

I’ll be digging through my train photos to find some of the best (and even some of the not-so-good ones) ones to post here πŸ™‚

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