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View Poll Results: What is Your Favorite Freight?
Intermodal 7 21.21%
Manifest 14 42.42%
Unit Tank 1 3.03%
Unit Grain 2 6.06%
Other 9 27.27%
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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I was bored and decided to make a poll. What is your favorite kind of freight?
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Other?

I would have to say intermodal, just for the organization and the endless line, but I also like seeing manifests and all of the old cars and companies.

Please leave a comment and say why you chose what you did!
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
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what about coal?
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What about auto racks?
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:38 PM   #4
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I'd like to "write-in" coal as well.
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:47 PM   #5
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Darnit! I knew I was missing something... Sorry
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Elaphant Style mixed freights?
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Personally, I like the unit stone trains with the shorter hoppers.
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Elaphant Style mixed freights?
What does this mean?

Are you referring to the power on the front?
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"My mah-ma always said life was like a manifest train. You never know what you're going to get."

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"My mah-ma always said life was like a manifest train. You never know what you're going to get."
NICE!
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Personally, I like the unit stone trains with the shorter hoppers.
Come on down to DC, there's a regular rock runner, and another in Baltimore. As a bonus, the DC area train usually runs with 4-axle power. Here are two shots, neither shows the cars well.
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I saw a unit corn syrup train for the first time last weekend - apparently running down to a Coca Cola bottler. Yum!

My favorite's gotta be a nice, banged up unit grain train, where no more than 4 of the cars have the same paint scheme. I love seeing the various old coops and fallen flags. Unfortunately this makes it really hard for me to pass by Intermountain hoppers that I don't have (in N scale), but I can make a nice looking unit grain train now!

Interesting topic, I suppose.
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To JRMDC, that is a yes on the elephant style
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To JRMDC, that is a yes on the elephant style
OK, seems a bit odd, or at least quite detail oriented, to break down manifest into various types of manifests depending on the arrangement of the engines, intermodal breaks down into various types depending on the arrangement of the engines... I'm not sure where that categorization is going.
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Nothing better then watchin some double stacks roll by!
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I voted other because I don't know how to classify a local. I like 'em short and sweet. The poll is right on with the idea of unit trains because they look cool and offer more photographic opportunity than mixes but thats just me.

I would love to have the chance to shoot a unti wood products train (logs, pulpwood, woodchips etc.) like the one George Hamlin wrote about: http://www.railpictures.net/articles/article.php?id=12

My ideal chase would be of a 3-8 car train of boxcars (assorted roads) or short coal with a caboose (like EBT ). Luckily, I was granted my wish of a short local on NS's Portland Secondary while chasing H76 with two HH EMDs (lead unit longhood forward) and 4 covered hoppers. It was great!
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What about a military train? I shot one the other day in Illinois. It was quite interesting to watch all the tanks and various military vehicles go by on the back of flat cars. I'll wait a few days before uploading that one, though.
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Don't forget the circus trains!


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How 'bout light power or helper sets!
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Being from the south side of Chicago, I have a special appreciation for the hot metal trains that work the steel mills.
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Silly question time

Is what you call a "manifest" what we over this side of the Atlantic would call a "mixed freight"? Like this

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For me, the more different types of wagon on a train the better, though I will admit there is something about a nice uniform rake of wagons.
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Silly question time

Is what you call a "manifest" what we over this side of the Atlantic would call a "mixed freight"?
Yes. "Mixed freight" is also used over here.

Hmm, are you staring a wave of manifest/mixed freight shots? I have two, one a photo charter:
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I'd love to see others!
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Yes. "Mixed freight" is also used over here.
For the some reason I just can't relate the word "manifest" to trains. Maybe because it's just so new to me, and all I've ever known is "freight train." For that matter, I just can't seem to use it when talking about trains.
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For the some reason I just can't relate the word "manifest" to trains. Maybe because it's just so new to me, and all I've ever known is "freight train." For that matter, I just can't seem to use it when talking about trains.
I wonder if it is a regional usage? I didn't grow up with "manifest" although I also didn't grow up around RR people. Around here, DC area, it seems like it gets plenty of use, although hardly exclusively.
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I usually dont mind what type of train it is, but rather more interested in what engines are on the train for photography purposes.
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