Old 01-01-2015, 09:41 PM   #1
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It's a new year, so time once again for everyone's favorite year in review thread. Post your 10 (or 5, or 7, or whatever number you prefer) best shots from 2014.

Here are mine:

10)
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9)
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8]
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I thought this one would do a little better.

7)
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6)
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I didn't get as many rail photos out of my trip to Canada as I would have liked, but this one didn't turn out too bad.

5)
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I remember as a kid being able to ride behind this engine in steam. It's a pity to see her sitting there cold now.

4)
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This was an interesting catch from my Canada trip as it was literally in the middle of nowhere along the highway.

3)
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The newest engine in my collection of photos by far, I caught this one from the parking deck at 30th Street just before boarding Amtrak's Autumn Express.

2)
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A massive jump in views from my other pics this past year to the top 2. Apparently people really miss Conrail (or is it that they miss GP30s?).

1)
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My top photo for 2014 is also my favorite among those added to my RP portfolio this year, perhaps as much for the location as for the photo itself. Ever since I stayed at the Izaak Walton Inn for the first time, it has been one of my favorite spots, even if I don't get there very often. I didn't get to stay there this trip - I was just passing through on my way back to the Whitefish Amtrak station after a trip to Calgary - but I enjoyed the chance to drop by and see the place.

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Old 01-01-2015, 10:03 PM   #2
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No particular order:

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This was a picture for our company magazine. Due to lack of snow and it being a last minute thing, we settled for this. I should settle more often! Became my first POTW!

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This was a neat even I was able to put together.

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Probably my favorite picture of 2014.

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I liked the human element.

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Due to mechanical issues I had to press my FP7 into service and it sure looked good!

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Jungle in the middle of the city!

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I really liked this with the boat going through the bridge in the background.

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Hard to beat that sag!

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This is a location no one shoots anymore because of how hard it is to access. I haven't seen a shot here since the late 90's at the earliest.

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My trip to the Black Hills was amazing. I believe I am the first person to ever shoot a matched set of RCP&E engines together, and the weather was simply amazing.
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It was, as usual, a quiet year for me. So out of my 23 uploads, a number of which were not shot in 2014, I will only feature a few.

A rare venture into the night, working on passenger car blurred window stuff.
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Another venture into the night, lucking into the foreign power that has been prevalent around here this year; I am not one to chase those but got this one unplanned.
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Went out into an 8 degree day. Frankly, this one looked a lot better while being taken than upon review at home later. Enthusiasm met reality.
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I profess to like detail shot but I take them very seldom in practice. Stumbled into this opportunity while driving the family home from Dutch Wonderland - thanks for your patience, family!
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Made something out of nothing, at a spot with changes in the past few years mucked up the customary shot.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:53 PM   #4
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In no particular order, here are some of my photos from this year that I quite liked.

A busy image and something I'd been wanting to do for awhile.
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A very productive trip to northern Quebec netted these two colourful images.
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Who knew NS could be interesting? Two repainted standard cabs made a nice lashup

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New power on CP's holiday train was a nice surprise.

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A brief period of sunshine allowed me to capture this quintessentially New England image at St. Albans, Vermont.

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Winter can be a pain, but it allows for some great shots.

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An overpass that may not last long and that allows for great shots of unit trains.

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I'm just going to post this one, definitely my favorite shot from my trip to Ohio to see 765 and possibly my fav of the year. The misty weather helped me out here as the scheduling of the train and sun angle/shadows weren't going to line up. I was pleased to come home with a photo of this popular engine at a unique location.

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Knocked out a bunch of bucket list items in 2014. Many of which I haven't gotten around to uploading.

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Only photo of Bells Tunnel on RP.
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Only two photos of Upper Submarine Bridge on the Beech Mtn. RR and both are mine. I'll upload the Lower Submarine some day...
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Not very many photos of the A&O geeps dragging coal on RP.
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4th time was the charm to catch a train at Natural Tunnel
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Sunrise and Sunset are the main reason I go to NW Ohio twice a year.
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Fellow RP contributor Ray Lewis and I sat on a rock for nine and a half hours waiting on this train.
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This one was my most viewed for the year, and probably my favorite fall photo I've ever taken, and the best I can say about this photo is that it was better to be lucky than good, especially since it got cloudy about 20 minutes before the train showed up. If it had stayed sunny, no shot.

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Nearly didn't get set up in time, the snow was coming down so hard that it made it very hard to chase.

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The first of my 2 People's Choice winners for the year, definite winner from my trip to Pennsylvania this summer. I also had the privilege to shoot this next to fellow RP'er and regular forum contributor Carl Massart, it was a great morning cruising along the NS Pittsburgh line with him leading the way!

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The second of my People's Choices for 2014. Never underestimate a cloudy day, if the clouds break near sunset, the sunsets are usually the best you will ever see.

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With the acquisition of some flashes, night flash has become a new aspect I am still learning. While I am nowhere near the level of skill of such RP'ers Gary Knapp and Kevin Burkholder, their work keeps me motivated to work harder and possibly reach their level someday.

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One of those shots you don't know how well it will look until you post process, but this one just turned out real well, and was a favorite from the Pennsylvania trip with fellow RP'er Michael Nowakowski, even if it was a simple shot of helpers.

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The last photo I took of 2014. While it is simple, I really like it, and that is the most important thing in this hobby, and a lot of people who get overly frustrated with RP tend to forget.
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Nearly didn't get set up in time, the snow was coming down so hard...

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The last photo I took of 2014. While it is simple, I really like it, and that is the most important thing in this hobby, and a lot of people who get overly frustrated with RP tend to forget.
I love heavy snow shots (much more so than others, I guess).
The night shot seems under-appreciated as well!
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=488087&nseq=2
This got more views than any of my others. Probably the clever caption did it.

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I chose this one because Bellevue is such a nice place with great memories going back. I waited with a handful of people and it is nice seeing the small towns turn out(the stop area was jammed). I also like the existing night night shots and they are not too easy to get accepted. On another note I later found out my wife's niece was waiting only a block away as she worked a semester at Rockwell so it was a good new memory.


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Uploaded quite a bit in 2014, more so than any other year and have quite a few I'm happy with. Here are a few in no particular order:

First day shooting this location. Didn't know how the lighting would be until I showed up. Worked really well.
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We had quite a bit of snow earlier this year. Enough to screw up my student teaching schedule to allow me some interesting shots. Here's two stack trains by the college on days I should have been teaching.
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Contracted some sort of bug in March, but already had a trip planned to WV/MD on CSX and NS. Shepherdstown is one of my favorite locations in that area and while I like this shot, I barely had any effort to get out of the car.
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Did not know this was sitting here initially. NS has three of these on lease and they seem to stick around the Harrisburg area. The tunnel motor was a nice surprise too.
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Week long trip to Ohio/Indiana/Illinois in June. Here's a few from that trip.
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Thurmond, WV was awesome. Not many trains though. I did manage the classic shot.
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And then there's Montana:
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And then there was this!
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:50 PM   #14
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For a number of reasons 2014 was a very slow year for me with respect to rail photography. Most of the pictures that made it on this year were from previous years. However, I did get one that I thought was pretty good.

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This is always my favorite RP forum thread of the year.
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Here are my best of 2014.

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Haven't been uploading much lately. But I didn't really do much of value in the second half of the year. So here ya go.

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A reminder and heads up for those new to posting pics from the database into the Forums; to post a photo vs a link:

[photoid=xxxxxx] substitute xxxxxx with your photo's ID number.

I wasn't going to post but then I read this is Janusz favorite gallery, so:

Finally got to see the Red Arrow in action - and catch it on a sunny day!
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Liked the banked angle on this one:
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Great location - read Tom Gorton's comment:
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Getting mass appeal on RP with a shot from the Black River and Western is
quite an accomplishment.
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You can never have too many shots with Santa:
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A little nostalgia - seemingly overlooked. A good pic is a good pic and I think this is one despite posting a similar vertical from a different location earlier in the week:
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A good shot on a lousy day:
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One of my favorite shots from the BR&W - bet it would've had more "success" on RP had it been posted first in a series vs last. Love all the snow in the shot which made the photo more unique then others simply
taken either before or after the storm.
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One of my favorite shots from Strasburg and one that made Trains Gallery.
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Static and sitting, but I like this shot from Strasburg:
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Oh I guess I'll join in on this as well

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Thanks, Mitch!

In your case these are the best uploads of 2014, as several shots were taken in December 2013, ha ha! Just guffing, good to see them.

But you do have a 2013 Strasburg shot uploaded in 2015, so no connection to 2014 whatsoever!
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First time seeing this one. Excellent!
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First time seeing this one. Excellent!
Thanks Jim! Apparently you do not use this great feature that RP has on the front page:

"There have been XXXX photos added since your last visit!" I'll bet I haven't
missed a photo in years, lol.

I was really happy with that shot, despite the rapid climb from ISO 400 to 6400 awaiting a delayed #60. Lost some light but was glad to see the house lights come on. Unlike many diesel shots on RP, and even some mainline steam shots, you do not see many tourist steam shots break past 10 favorites or so on RP, (notwithstanding a certain Kevin Madore) especially along the not so scenic BR&W. A trip back the following week had me at ISO 10000.

J - thanks for pointing out my error. Lol... thanks a lot! You got me, a late night post, I was thinking, not so much 2014, but instead, what I had uploaded over the past year. Check back with me on the 2015 post, I'll try to get back on track!

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This is always fun! I enjoy seeing the top or best of the past year from other users.

With that said...based on views here are my top 10....what is interesting is despite a trip to the UK and other locations, my highest viewed shots were all local....

Starting at 10 and working down to 1

Number 10

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This year the big winners of my views were the FEC Champion Scheme, seen here at Bunnell worn upon Sd40-2's

Number 9

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The ES44's arriving on the FEC were also the huge story locally here in Florida and here three of them are seen on 101 coming out of Bunnell.


Number 8

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The ES44's crossing a golf course in Daytona Beach drew a lot of views.

Number 7

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The FEC Champion Scheme is very popular and for whatever reason this photo drew a lot of views, this shot from the SR 100 overpass in Bunnell.

Number 6

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The champion schemed SD40-2's were a hit with fans and more so when they run in adverse weather as seen here during a departing thunderstorm in Bunnell.

Number 5

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Of course the big big news was the FEC's ES44's, seen here on the seldom photographed Spruce Creek Bridge Port Orange.

Number 4

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Stuart is one of the prettiest locations on the FEC but also one of the most challenging, things have to go just right for a train to be on the bridge in daylight..especially when it comes to southbounds. We got luck here when a short 224 turned up just after sunrise.

Number 3

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This year it was all about the ES44's on the FEC..seen here on the maiden run in St. Augstine.

Number 2

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Ever popular were looks at the new ES44's on the FEC, seen here at what is likely the most photographed bridge on the FEC.

And number 1

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Of course we know the big story around here was the arrival of the ES44C4's on the FEC...this is my top viewed shot of 2014, the maiden run of FEC 804 & 803 the first two to arrive on the railway.

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This one...because I took it and you didn't!

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Seriously though, this one took the most effort. The sky was just a bonus...
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structure is a command offered in several add-on editors that improve texture and details without halos and / or artifacts. If I can remember, I will post a couple non-RP images tonight.

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