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Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 05-26-2011, 03:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,176
Posted By Slopes09
I think the bigger question, is why has Norfolk...

I think the bigger question, is why has Norfolk Southen, a railroad that has traditionally been an advocate of DC traction, actually purchased several AC locomotives?

Here are some basics. Any...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 02-18-2011, 03:40 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 34,118
Posted By Slopes09
Strongbow is one of the better/best ciders out...

Strongbow is one of the better/best ciders out there, IMHO.
Forum: Digital Photo Processing Forum 02-14-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,578
Posted By Slopes09
I've been shooting with one AF point my whole...

I've been shooting with one AF point my whole life, and I think I've done alright for myself. :-)

On another note, I shop on a budget and have never had any problem with manufacturer refurbished...
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 01-19-2011, 05:48 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 31,459
Posted By Slopes09
Amtrak Heritage Power

I've known about this since the summer, but I've had to hold back, because I like my job and all (Ok, so there was really no threat to my job, but professionalism counts). BUT it's official now!...
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 01-19-2011, 05:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,668
Posted By Slopes09
The HHP-8's are nicknamed "8-balls" for a reason:...

The HHP-8's are nicknamed "8-balls" for a reason: you shake them up and you never know what's going to go wrong with 'em. Seriously though, they're unreliable as all heck.

Also, an additional...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-10-2010, 11:21 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,250
Posted By Slopes09
Let this be a lesson all of us. If you see a...

Let this be a lesson all of us. If you see a railfan or member of the public endangering themselves on railroad property (or, in general), stop and say something. It could save someone a serious...
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 08-10-2010, 11:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,677
Posted By Slopes09
Another really good article: ...

Another really good article:
http://railroad.net/articles/columns/hottimes/hottimes_20060602.php
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-15-2010, 07:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,020
Posted By Slopes09
Sometimes you can get lucky: ...

Sometimes you can get lucky:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/11081356@N08/3819952866/in/set-72157622928078214#preview
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 06-13-2010, 05:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,020
Posted By Slopes09
If you're shooting the Corridor, bridges don't...

If you're shooting the Corridor, bridges don't always work. Most of the bridges have high walls (think 8ish feet) to keep people and vehicles from interfering with the catenary. So bridges are not...
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 05-03-2010, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,737
Posted By Slopes09
Insurance. Generally, if something happens and...

Insurance. Generally, if something happens and they can't get it going again, they need something to get it out of the way. Otherwise, I think the railroads reserve the right to get the engine...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 05-03-2010, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,957
Posted By Slopes09
Looking for weekend NY trip

Hey gang! I'll be out in Philly again for my internship this summer, and this year, I get there in time to have Memorial Day off. Assuming I have the money, I'd like to try take some kind of trip to...
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 02-06-2010, 07:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,737
Posted By Slopes09
It's not actually a "realtime" map. It just pulls...

It's not actually a "realtime" map. It just pulls last station data off the Amtrak website and plots it onto a map. Still very cool, and probably some interesting scripting involved.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-16-2009, 06:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,965
Posted By Slopes09
There's a lot of dead space to the left. Maybe...

There's a lot of dead space to the left. Maybe compose it so that the lock is on the left, and the signal is on an intersection of thirds. Maybe add the train streak as well.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 11-10-2009, 03:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 40,333
Posted By Slopes09
One thing to add to spotlighting: if the train is...

One thing to add to spotlighting: if the train is crewed but stopped, you should probably ask the crew's permission before spotlighting their train. This is more of a basic courtesy, as I know that I...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 10-10-2009, 06:10 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 887
Posted By Slopes09
Izaak Walton Inn Trails

Does anyone know if any good railfan locations could be accessed via the trails around the Izaak Walton Inn?

I'm looking into the possibility of doing some snowshoeing and/or hiking for two days...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-10-2009, 05:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,874
Posted By Slopes09
Take that back! It's called the "Sears." It shall...

Take that back! It's called the "Sears." It shall never be the Willis. :)
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 10-07-2009, 03:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,751
Posted By Slopes09
[photoid=257553] Fall colors were already...

[photoid=257553]
Fall colors were already starting to fade here.
[photoid=257326]
One of my favorite shots, same fall colors time frame, but the colors were a little better, plus the blue engine...
Forum: U.S. Regional and Short Line Railroad Discussion 09-28-2009, 07:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,923
Posted By Slopes09
I'm not sure how it works exactly, but could the...

I'm not sure how it works exactly, but could the Alaska railroad even become a Class I since it's state owned? Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with their situation. Same with the Long Island Railroad.
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-20-2009, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 596
Posted By Slopes09
PEQ on Night Shot

Ok, so I was a little surprised on the PEQ for this shot. I know shots of a similar vein have made it on. Any thoughts on this one?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=733013&key=0

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Forum: Trip Reports 09-13-2009, 10:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,745
Posted By Slopes09
Ha, no problem Tom! I had a great time, and I saw...

Ha, no problem Tom! I had a great time, and I saw some things I had never seen before. It was definitely not a boring day!
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 09-13-2009, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,836
Posted By Slopes09
[photoid=202744] I also remember seeing at...

[photoid=202744]

I also remember seeing at least one more in the database somewhere but I can't find it at the moment.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 09-13-2009, 06:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,077
Posted By Slopes09
I was in 7th grade. In the morning, the principal...

I was in 7th grade. In the morning, the principal came on the PA and said something about planes landing in/on the World Trade Centers. Most of us were pretty confused. I had never even heard of the...
Forum: U.S. Regional and Short Line Railroad Discussion 08-25-2009, 09:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,923
Posted By Slopes09
This question doesn't make much sense. No Class...

This question doesn't make much sense. No Class II railroad wants to become a Class I railroad in its own right. As has been stated, that means more regulation, taxes, etc., which would bog down...
Forum: U.S. Class 1 Railroad Discussion 08-07-2009, 03:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 837
Posted By Slopes09
Harpers Ferry

Can anyone point me to some good resources for railfanning around Harpers Ferry, WV and/or provide some good info?

Things I'm hoping to find are train schedules (other than MARC or Amtrak,...
Forum: Railroad Photography Forum 07-23-2009, 12:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,054
Posted By Slopes09
Well, I'm indecisive, so I'll pick my top 3. :) ...

Well, I'm indecisive, so I'll pick my top 3. :)

Recent one, but a very cool line nonetheless:
[photoid=291381]
The Reading & Northern gets my approval. :p

The Chicago Terminal is my favorite...
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