Old 01-01-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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I've been thinking about this for a while. A couple of things brought it to a head - first, I was given a "365 Places to See Before You Die" calendar for Christmas. Second, two photos of Morant's Curve in Alberta got posted yesterday, one by John P. Carter,
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Two very different shots taken from virtually the exact angle. Morant's Curve must surely be hallowed ground for rail photographers.

Where else is there? Cajon or Tehachapi must surely be on the list, I got a tingly feeling when I saw Landwasser Viaduct for the first time,
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until last year Jingpeng Pass in China certainly rated and even with diesels it may continue to be a stellar location though I wouldn't travel 8000 miles to see it.
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The Spiral Tunnels in British Columbia are famous but try getting a decent shot there now the trees have grown back. Perhap's Scotland's Forth Bridge rates - the sheer scale is hard to comprehend til you've tried to photograph a train from down below and basically gotten a "bug on the wall" type of shot.

My list is incomplete - anyone have any other places that should be on a "Must See Before You Die" list?

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I'd love to go see/ ride the Whitepass Yukon in Alaska. I've seen pics and it's beautiful.
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The Rockville Bridge should be on every railfan's list.

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I like the unglaciated part right here in southern Minnesota. Mountainous terrain, the Mississippi river, causeways, sandstone bluffs, and green, vibrant trees. What more could you ask for?

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Cosnino Rd. just east of Flagstaff, Az. on the BNSF Transcon. Double Track main, LOTS of action and some gorgeous scenery including Mt Humphreys(tallest point in Az.) in the background plus some great rock cuts and S-curves. Hope to spend another day there again this spring. Have to agree on S. Minn. also the Lacrosse Wis. area
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TRRA's Valley Junction, E. St. Louis, IL. Tons of trains from all different railroads, stray dogs, hookers, empty beer bottles, dumping, housing projects, gunshots, murders, carjackings, etc.
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anyone have any other places that should be on a "Must See Before You Die" list?
I would hesitate to put any overseas loacation on "Must See Before You Die" railfan lists, but that's just me. Foreign power is about as appealing to me as French history.

As far as meccas in the US/Canada, don't leave out Horseshoe Curve in PA, that seems to be a pretty popular location...
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Lethbridge Viaduct in Canada.
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I would hesitate to put any overseas loacation on "Must See Before You Die" railfan lists, but that's just me. Foreign power is about as appealing to me as French history.
LMAO! Ditto, ditto, ditto!
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I know I had fun at Marias Pass...

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I would hesitate to put any overseas loacation on "Must See Before You Die" railfan lists, but that's just me. Foreign power is about as appealing to me as French history...
Better study your history. Here's Lake Geneve west of Lausanne. When there, you can see a similar view from a side wheel lake steamer.
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It's hard to say what the best locations are. Its all a matter of opinion really. I love the shots from the spectacular scenic locations, but I also really enjoy shots of a cityscape or a gritty industrial area. Sometimes the best spots are the ones you discover yourself!
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I would hesitate to put any overseas loacation on "Must See Before You Die" railfan lists, but that's just me. Foreign power is about as appealing to me as French history.

As far as meccas in the US/Canada, don't leave out Horseshoe Curve in PA, that seems to be a pretty popular location...
I agree with you on this on too, with a couple of exceptions, such as Korea where its mostly EMD exports used and railroading is pretty similar to the US system.

I also wouldn't mind taking a trip to Estonia (if I get stationed in Germany I most certainly will) and photograph the C30-7s they've received over there.

Other than that, its US railroading for me.
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I'd really like to get to British Columbia. I've seen alot of shots on this site from there and the scenery is amazing.
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As far as meccas in the US/Canada, don't leave out Horseshoe Curve in PA, that seems to be a pretty popular location...
I might be biased on this, but I'd say two locations that are must-see would be the CNO&TP Second District and the NS Pocahontas Division. Both are scenic and busy, so it's a win-win situation for railfans. Sure, the western roads get all the notariety nowadays, but if you want to see some real railroading, come to the southeastern US.
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I definitely would love to shoot the Pocohantas one of these days.
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LOL! Foreign power of the US variety (BNSF has taken over NS here) is very common around here, and is about as exciting as common power. The southeastern US does have some beautiful mountain railroading. I know for a fact the NC mountains offer some beautiful shots. We have a little hill over here (Saluda) that could be shot nicely about a decade ago that makes west coast railroading look like childs play. Not a big fan of Cajon and Tehachapi as most all of the photos look the same and I am a big fan of trees. Alaska is my pick, lots of wilderness and beautiful mountains/trees/bodies of water up there. White Pass & Yukon and Alaska Railroad travel thru some of God's Country.
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Camas Prairie Second Subdivision deserves mention. Unfortunately it is OOS for the most part now although the BG&CM owns it. Count how many could be POTW with full quality scans/slight editing.

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My vote is for the Hudson River Valley. Tons of action, both frieght and passenger and lots of different photo opportunities.
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British Columbia has my vote. Its a railfans paradise!
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I agree with you on this on too, with a couple of exceptions, such as Korea where its mostly EMD exports used and railroading is pretty similar to the US system.

I also wouldn't mind taking a trip to Estonia (if I get stationed in Germany I most certainly will) and photograph the C30-7s they've received over there.

Other than that, its US railroading for me.
Or Australia! With the Wisconsin Central EMDs and Dash-9s, it would be like shooting in the SW US.

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I'd definitely like to take a rail trip to Australia.
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well i'm not a fan of motive power outside the US, canada, and mexico so for train shooting i would stay in north america.
-My first choice would be the feather river canyon. awesome sceenery, awesome bridges, good number of trains. I'm suprised it didnt come up on this list yet. But yeah good place to go, and i would love to go back
-I would have to go to tehachipi, just cause its awesome, and i've never been there.
-Horseshoe curve is cool, a little comercialized, but good non the less, especilay if you get some good fall leaves there.
-Some where down in the southwest. I have never really scoped that area out but i love the sceenery there. add some trains and it should be good =)
-Chiago (how ever its spelled) the RR capitol of the US. your garenteed some good action there.
-Donner pass. I may be crazy, but i want to go shoot there in the winter someday =D
-pritty much anywhere up in northern CA, the cost especialy (althought the cost is not the very good for trains) I just love teh sceenery.

ohh well theres a few... there are tons of other places that would be good to shoot too =D

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