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    Soviet ghosts and survivors in Estonia's Oil shale region

    Thanks for the report, and great photos! Never seen any Estonian railroading. Certainly not the first name that comes to mind when thinking of Europe.
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    Tales of Tower 17

    This past Saturday was a first. I got pulled over in Waelder while chasing a UP manifest from Glidden to Harwood. Shoot the train at various locations including Flatonia, Schulenberg, and Borden. When I was driving into Waelder I noticed a railway employee on the shoulder talking into his radio...
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    Tales of Tower 17

    Sealy and Columbus respectively.
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    Tales of Tower 17

    Haven't seen any gators lately. Chased a KCS manifest from Kendleton through to Ganado after work a few weeks back.
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    Novices - Grumpy’s Railroad Photography Guide

    Yeah, I have to agree on Lightroom. It's great for organization and most post-processing. I only use Photoshop when I need to remove power lines or birds.
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    Novices - Grumpy’s Railroad Photography Guide

    Grumpy's World is a railfan blog covering parts of Kansas since 1999. The pictures (beginning in Dec 2002) aren't always dramatic but they're very consistent in their form and quality. Grumpy is a very good railroad photographer. He laid out a guide a few years back and it was instrumental in...
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    What do you shoot with? 2018 Edition!

    I've bought all my gear refurbished. Definitely the way to go. The next telephoto I buy will be that Sigma 150-600mm. More for airshows than trains though. 300mm is plenty for most shots in Houston. Dangerous wildlife is part of the challenge. And it wasn't more than 3' if that, nothing I can't...
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    Tales of Tower 17

    Scattered shots from around the Houston area in the last couple weeks. Rental 4-axle power on a daylight run to Eagle Lake, Galveston Railroad power, PTRA units switching the Port of Houston, and a Canadian National unit train in the Englewood Yard.
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    What do you shoot with? 2018 Edition!

    The extra 100mm is definitely worth the price.
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    Tales of the Meridian Speedway

    It seems like every time I chase the L&NW the skies get cloudy. Took these shots a couple weeks back on the last day of classes. Chased trains, napped, studied and took my last final in that order. Got an A.
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    Tales of Tower 17

    I'm been MIA from the forum for a while but I haven't stopped shooting trains. Below are a trio of shots from a trip to Dallas and Fort Worth I took in April.
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    What do you shoot with? 2018 Edition!

    Nikon D3200 AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm
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    Tales of Tower 17

    I was browsing through some past airshow shots when I found these. They're a couple of shots from Fort Worth in October when I attended the Fort Worth Alliance airshow. Near the Alliance airport is a car factory served by rail. As the USAF heritage flight was taxiing down the runway I framed a...
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    Tales of the Meridian Speedway

    Thanks! The LNW just got a couple rental repainted into their scheme. Going to chase them at some point this quarter. Returned to Ruston Monday evening, with classes beginning tomorrow. Spent Tuesday railfanning Shreveport and Sibley. While in Shreveport I ran into Kevin Eudaly photographing a...





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