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Mine in date order:

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First off is a day that started off cloudy, but ended up pretty good. Also, my first chase of the Havelock train.

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I like this one because of the bridge. And the clouds made this one possible, since had the sun been out, it would have been badly backlit. I guess they are not always bad.

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I like shooting trains busting snow drifts, and this one is a favorite because I arrived as the train was approaching and had to run through deep snow that covered several ditches to get to this spot. I recall that my footsteps were alternately 6-9 inches deep, then two feet, then 6-9 inches, and so on. Fell down a few times. Crew must have had a good laugh.

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I thought it was a neat way to frame the train, but I also got lucky with the little bit of diffused sunlight on the nose.

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Caught the power for the Eastern Washington Gateway sitting in Cheney, and a BNSF train approached as we were enjoying out fabulously overpriced Zaps fries. And what do you know, an SD45-2 happened to be in the consist.

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I find this bridge to be a great prop.

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One of my few good shots from the Columbia River Gorge on our 2008 vacation. Not too surprised when earthworm Jim rounded the corner... very common train in Washington.

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I really enjoyed my brief visit with the St. Maries Railroad. A nice, neat operation with clean power and a friendly crew. I know this will never win an award for stunning photography, but I love this one all the same.

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No year is complete without some fall colour. Around here, there is no better place to enjoy the autumn and trains than in Muskoka.

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First snow chase of winter 2008/09.
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:20 PM   #27
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After reading some of your older threads and posts, you certainly have improved. However, anyone who lives in such a scenic area should improve drastically in their first years. If not, then the person should just quit because if you can't figure out the fundamentals with scenery, you likely never will.
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It was hard to decide which Grandluxe shot was my favorite. I chose this one as I like seeing the entire train. Too bad they went under. I really hope this train gets reincarnated in some form, as it was a fun addition to the LA&SL when it ran this way.

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I'd been working this angle for a few weeks with little luck. But with the bonus of snow in the shot, I finally nailed this angle, though I wish the train was about twice as long.

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I didn't fare too well on the 3751 chase with the exception of this shot. I like the subtle curve and how it gives you a nice view of most of the train.

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It's nice when you plan a shot out only to have conditions make it even better when you get there.

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Smoky glint shot. Nice little grab shot.

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I like star trails, and this parked train gave me a good opportunity to practice.

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Not as fancy or aesthetically pleasing as some of my other shots, but this is a personal favorite of mine since it holds a lot of meaning to me. I especially like how I cranked the wheel to the left, giving the shot a posed feel, almost like an advertisement.

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Completely random shot that I captured while hiking south of Las Vegas. I was standing there admiring the train when I realized that I should probably be getting some shots of the nice scene unfolding before me.

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My first award shot, also one of my favorite glint shots ever.

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My favorite shot of the year, and one of the luckiest due to the fact that I stopped at the crossing because I thought I saw an eastbound coming when it was in fact taking the siding. I had no idea I had a glint shot op, the sunrise was one the only "orange ball" I've ever photo'd, and a train I had no idea was coming showed up right on time.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:35 PM   #29
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Hmmmm 2008, new camera, finally a license, i suppose a decent year for photography.
Here's some of the junk i managed to squeze into the database this year
Ive always wanted to try some fog shots and this year i got my wish.
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My first Photo of the Day, or any kind of honor here on RP for that matter
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I tried alot of bridge shots this year, with very little success getting them in the DB, heres two that made it.
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And a few other ones to whore around
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:09 AM   #30
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Here are mine, in no particular order:

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Old 12-30-2008, 01:31 AM   #31
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Top 10? Heck, I only found this site in February, and I've only managed to get 25 photos in the database so far.

How about my personal single favorite:

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Old 12-30-2008, 01:54 AM   #32
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My top 10 of 2008!

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:25 AM   #33
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When I first saw this thread, I was a little afraid to touch it. Most of my stuff isn't particularly artful. My goal this year was simply to get sharp, well-lit, decently composed pictures...of the type I've been trying to get for years. With the help of the RP family, I've definitely made progress against that goal.

While it was really tough to pick 10 faves, there are three places on earth where I could forever pitch my tent. The preponderance of my favorites just had to come from those places. Here goes...in no particular order:

From WW&F... (If you go there, you will fall in love)

A sunrise run-by from the HTP Charter. The son of a key railway official gave his dad a 16x20 of one of my sunrise shots for Christmas.
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I still can't seem to find the handle on B&Ws, but I was really happy with this one:
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I had to hike 7/10 of a mile out and another 7/10 back through 6" of snow in 7 degree cold to get this one...and it was sooooo worth it!
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From Strasburg....the road to railfan paradise!

A simple Groff's shot I've been trying to get for years:
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An impromptu grab shot of some two-way action that required an AB(2)-style sprint to get...no mean feat given that I am 30 years older than he is:
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I spent 20 minutes ripping out weeds with my bare hands getting ready for this shot...then a cloud dimmed the sun. Still, I liked the compo and apparently a few of you did too:
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From the Cog.... Be gone ye evil diseasels! Long live steam!

The shot that got me thinking that RP might enjoy more Cog:
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A rare clear day that produced some awesome pictures:
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And a grab shot that produced my one and only award here. Thank you so much Chris K!! A shot that had 800 views now has nearly 10,000:
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And from the WK&S Charter. Although the weather was a challenge, the last run-by of the day made up for it in spades:
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:59 AM   #34
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Well here are my top ten of 08. It's been an interesting year, to say the least. It was tough to choose and rank some of the last ones but this is what I believe is my 08 top ten. My goals for 09 are:
-At least one top of day
-At least one honor (SC, PCA, EC, PoW)
-At lease 50 more quality photos in the database. Since roughly 3/4 of my photos in the database (111 in) were taken in 08 it shouldn't be too hard. But I have to work on quality vs quantity.

10. I liked this photo (which actually was #50 accepted) but there are many things I need to do differently in my future reshoot. Plus the quality is less than desirable.
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9. This was a more rare photo than the rest, a move I've been trying to get for roughly the last eight years. Still, it's backlit and I don't care much for the angle.
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8. I liked the way that I composed this photo. However, I don't care for the backlit part.
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7. Again, I liked the composition but it's not my all time favorite.
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6. Yet again, I liked the composition and colors but it's not my all time favorite.
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5. I liked this photo quite a bit however it is more noselit. I should have done a better job at post-processing.
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4. Not much to say for this one. I liked it.
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3. I liked the fall colors in this one, showing the beginning of fall with the leaves just changing.
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2. Not much to say except for the shot came out much better than I have planned (contrary to what usually happens).
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1. My favorite shot of 08. Looking back when I was sitting there, about an hour into my 2 1/2 hour wait for the train, I saw a break in the shadows, had an idea, and executed. Again, came out better than expected.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:33 PM   #35
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Well, I'll jump into this thread too...

These are in no order whatsoever.

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I like the industrial feeling of this one, and, the fact we waited 4 hours for that train to show up... Also was Photo #100 for me.

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I wasn't expecting the EC-5 at all... If I still had my little PnS I wouldn't have this shot due to the lack of wide-angle.

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My most recent favorite. Wore tennis shoes in the 2 feet of soft snow, I ended up loosing both shoes 3 times to get this one.

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The best consist I've seen so far, 3 Warbonnets.

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Favorite storm lighting shot... My only trip so far to Utah was well worth it.

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James Belmont gave me an awesome tour of Soldier Summit, and mentioned Utah Ry's orange MK5000C... Sure enough, it runs around the corner...

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I was doubtful this shot would turn out when I took it.

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The good Winter light... And, shot it one-handed while texting a fellow RP'er with the other hand...

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My first shot with my new Canon Rebel XS.

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My favorite Jack London Square shot.

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My second favorite Jack London Square shot...

I think thats ten... I'm not good with big numbers.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:01 AM   #36
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Since I have only been doing train photos since July of this year and since I only have 26 on the DB, I will do my TOP 5. They are sorted as newest first. My first one just went in today and I think I like it.

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Like some others I am fairly new to this site, having uploaded my first photo in August. And I am still learning what constitutes a good RP.net photo. So, I'm not going to post ten shots, nor am I going to claim that my pictures are particularly good. However, here are my favorite shots that I've had accepted here.

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I like these two in part because the clear conditions at Mount Washington are so unusual.

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I just like the steam . . .

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Old 12-31-2008, 02:23 PM   #38
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I will throw my Top Ten out there. Been an up and down year for me. With moving and job responsibility, I haven't gotten out much, especially near the end of the year. With that said, here we go, starting in Jan. 2008:

1. The Steamtown Ice Harvest train thunders towards the crossing at Lehigh Rd between Moscow and Gouldsboro, PA
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2. The Ice Harvest train exits Nay Aug tunnel as it returns to Scranton, PA
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3. SD80 Mac 7215 dwarfs the cars in Windber as it returns to South Fork after loading at Rosebud.
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4. A special move with farm equipment creeps through Lilly, PA on a dreary miserable winter day.
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5. While not a great shot scenery-wise, this shot was special to me because it was the first time I had seen R&N 425 since her return to service. She was one of the first steamers I remember as a kid, so it was nice to see her back in service.
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6. On a side-trip to Chattanooga, I was able to cross the bridge shot off my list.
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7. PRR E8s on Benny Curve, another shot crossed off the list.
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8. CN 3254 puts on a show as she thunders uphill at Elmhurst, PA
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9. Yet another shot of CN 3254, this time nearing Moscow, PA.
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10. CN 9824 sits with the Holiday Train in Scranton, PA.
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Well, I got 44 photos from 2008 in. It was a year marked by long, and usually rewarding trips, goodbyes to several aspects of railfanning, an abundance of night photography, and some of my first financial successes in railroad photography. I think I've narrowed it down to these top 10, though.
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As I write this, this shot was #2 of December 31, 2008. That means it made "Top Shot," and it's not a wreck shot, meaning it's my first real "Top Shot!" (derailment/wrecks don't actually count). I managed to squeeze in one last accomplishment for 2008!
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Besides being a pretty photo, this is the first big bucks train photo I've sold. If you look in Amtrak's big catalog/brochure, you'll see this photo printed in the section on the City of New Orleans.
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The Romney semaphores, overshot due to their imminent demise are now gone. I still think I managed a somewhat different angle. Regardless, this pair is gone now, which makes it historic in my mind.
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Probably one of my most memorable photos of the year, was getting this shot. Thank God for America, yard switchers, and homemade cable releases.
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Just a cool photo, and one I'm rather fond of. I like the clouds and Bloomer first generation geep (rebuilt).
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Some of my friends have called this type of photo, where the train is small, but not in a landscape (i.e. not in some type of vista) and surrounded, by, well, its surrounding, an "AB2 photo". This is probably my only good "AB2 photo" of the year.
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Having your pacing photo mistaken for one of Pacemaster Mitch Goldman was quite an honor. It also completed one of my goals on a trip plagued by mostly bad lighting and less than stellar chasing.
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My first successful foray with artificial lighting. Thanks to RP contributors Brennan Caughron and Wesley Fane for manning the spotlight.
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Not the most artistic photo, though it technically got "Top Shot of the Day," wreck shots don't count in my book. What makes this photo a "Top of 2008" was the experience of watching so many people swarming over the derailment site. It was truly awesome to watch Hulcher's boys swarming over the site.
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Ice Ice baby... The ICE only had 5 days left, and this was a shot I didn't think I'd get of the ICE since there normally isn't action over the bridge in the afternoon. Luckily, the railfanning gods smiled upon me and about seven other railfans all hanging out at Sabula for this relatively mundane freight to cross the Mississippi. IC&E, you'll be missed.
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Really nice shot, train and town, good to be reminded of it.

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Some of my friends have called this type of photo, where the train is small, but not in a landscape (i.e. not in some type of vista) and surrounded, by, well, its surrounding, an "AB2 photo".
I call them AB2 shots also. I just did my first, hopefully with better cropping I will get it in soon.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:14 PM   #42
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Since I have only been doing train photos since July of this year and since I only have 26 on the DB, I will do my TOP 5. They are sorted as newest first. My first one just went in today and I think I like it.

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Both very cool shots.
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:18 PM   #43
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With 2008 over and with only around 225 photos to choose from, I will try to choose 10.

Almost all of my best shots are unplanned. I just see a shot while I am on the move.

Everything just fell together on this shot.
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While chasing this train I saw a shot and pulled over to get it. I love the fast openess even though it is hilly and the clouds finished the shot.

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This shot I planned but I was getting worried the sun was going to set or the storm was going to pass before a train came.

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I'm a fan of presun rise and postsun set (new words I made up) lighting. I don't think my elevation was much higher from where the clouds are but they sure look like they are sitting on the ground. I spent half of the day chasing those clouds and the trains under them.

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Another morning of crazy clouds and light. I was in the right place at the right time being the sun only came out and painted the sky orange for 10 minutes before it rose into the clouds.

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The same clouds I saw in Gillette a 60 or so miles later. Another pull over shot.

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During the train chase I stopped and picked this spot to wait for the train that was close behind. To be able to have a train to shot when conditions are right is always nice.

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There are actually two trains in this shot. I shot this after about 2 hours of trying to race through this storm. Another pull over and grab shot I actually made from my front seat. The wind was intense and heavy rain and lightining was very close behind.

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I just love the mood and the actual process of fueling a locomotive this shot has. Just happened to see flashing light at the yard and I found this. This is the shot I framed and gave to the driver this Xmas. I have caught him out a total of 3 times and I found out his wife use this shot as his computer desk top photo.

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Number 10? I didn't know which one would choose so I will leave it as your choice to pick.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:51 PM   #44
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Now that 2008 has actually finished, here are my top 10 (out of 71 on RP). Nothing tremendously exiting, I like them more for the memories they bring rather than any "wow" factor.

A trip to snowy Switzerland in February produced some photos which have done quite well (by my standards!) on RP
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Another trip to the wonderful FEVE system in Northern Spain did not produce that many photos (too much travelling), this is one of my favourites
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A fairly rare trip in the UK found me in Lancashire, where this loco was a top performer plus I have fond memories of them from my younger years.
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Another UK one, was not aiming for a photo here as the location is rather cramped, but the basket of flowers caught my eye as I was about to re-board the train - the open door adds to the scene as well, though it was not planned.
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Austria in August produced a bumper crop of pictures.
This one was grabbed with our "point and shoot" as I could not get the angle required with an SLR. Instantly brings back happy memories of one of my favourite lines and loco types plus being able to stand on the veranda in the wonderful sunshine.
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A fantastic tour featuring two very different EMD engined products
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And finally, a couple of trips to Germany.
A great interest of ours is signals and siganlling equipment, so a trip to Bad Harzburg to get some photos of this great gantry was a must.
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A winter weekend in Bavaria has been the normal trip for the past few years now. This has to be one of the best diesel hauled journeys in the whole country now, from Oberstdorf in the Alps all the way to Stuttgart, with bonus photographic opportunity at Immenstadt whilst the train reverses.
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If I can be allowed to cheat a little, here is an 11th picture that so nearly made it. A trip to the awkward to get to Taurachbahn for one of this locos two appearances for the year, this was the only time the sun shone. Following days of sunshine, the weather decided to break that day and we paid for our desperation to ride behind this loco with a 2km walk back to Tamsweg in a torrential downpour!
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:00 PM   #45
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Both very cool shots.
Thank you John.......... That B&W of the Flagstaff Depot appears to be headed for some possible commercial usage soon........ My first
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Now that 2008 has actually finished, here are my top 10 (out of 71 on RP). Nothing tremendously exiting, I like them more for the memories they bring rather than any "wow" factor.

A trip to snowy Switzerland in February produced some photos which have done quite well (by my standards!) on RP
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Sorry to disagree with you Janet, but this shot has WOW all over it.
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:13 PM   #47
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From oldest to newest:

1. My favorite railroad (now gone) and snow-busting shot:

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2. My favorites engines that were not in their usual haunts:

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3. I just love the scenery:

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4. Three classic units that you knew would not be kept together indefinitely:

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5. I think this one speaks for itself:

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6. Combination of scenery and colors make this one a winner:

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7. A location with great scenery that can only be shot on the longest days of the year to get nose light:

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8. A detour train that I thought I had missed because it passed through the area in the dark. Luckily, they tied the train down long enough waiting on a new crew that I got one photo of it with some great scenery:

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9. Another detour train that was too good to be true:

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10. I love the engines and the scenery. The hill and church make this one work for me:

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Old 01-02-2009, 04:56 PM   #48
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Sorry to disagree with you Janet, but this shot has WOW all over it.
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I was actually a bit disappointed with the light, always a problem in the mountains during the short days. In this case, I would guess that the sun very rarely, if ever, shines on this angle; possibly might around the longest days in June. Must be doing something right though, it is my second most popular phot on here.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:27 PM   #49
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I don't have that good photos, but at least I have ten to show here:

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Nice lights for this year!
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:31 PM   #50
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2008 was my first year with a digital SLR. I don't think I'll be going back to slide film anytime soon. Anyway, I managed to get some decent shots throughout the course of the year. Here they are in date order:

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My last encounter with a "live" C39-8 "Classic".

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The 2 best "dumb luck" shots that I've ever had.

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Cool B/W shot of the UP local on the I&M. It was a very windy, cloudy day and the UP conductor gave me some crap about being out shooting trains in such nasty weather. The shot looks so retro my wife didn't even believe I took it.

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The last catch of the day ended up being the best.

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Two of my favorite engines at one of my favorite locations.

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Two classic EMD noses side-by-side.

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UP's massive project to rebuild their mainline thru downtown Springfield gave me all kinds of new photo opportunities.

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C&IM. What else can I say...

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Ridgely Tower in the "sunset" of its career.
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