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  1. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    Don't knock clouds. Some very good railroad photos (like your first one above) have interesting cloud formations in the background. Many times an overcast sky will present better lightning conditions than bright, harsh sunlight.
    First, thank you. Second, true. Overcast skies can be beneficial at times. With these cloudy skies I'm staying closer to Richmond, and waiting on the trains at specific points. The Old Richmond and US90 shots are products of that. But I'll wait for the sun to come out again before I chase out towards Eagle Lake or Wallis.

    That said, today dawned overcast and raining. Around 1500 I went into Richmond to work on a tricky shot as the rain moved on. Up to 2012 Richmond had the longest serving mayor in the U.S., Hilmar Moore. Elected in 1949, and reelected until his death in 2012. A life size statue was placed outside city hall in 2008 which is located about 100' from the tracks. The goal being to work a locomotive into the background of a piece of local history. This was the first attempt:

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    A bit more overcast and it might have worked. As it was the sun began punching through the clouds and strengthened the shadows. And expecting a freight train on ATCS, all that showed up was a hy-rail truck. Will try again. Below are a few shots I took as the sun began to show itself in Richmond and Booth respectively.


    Approaching the Brazos
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    Clearing the bridge
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    ACe at South Booth
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    Traveler of Texas, photographer of steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USSHelm View Post

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    The positioning of the signs with the approach of the train is quite appropriate.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

  3. #23
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    More good stuff USSHelm

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad_in_omaha View Post
    More good stuff USSHelm
    Thank you.

    A few odds and ends from the past week.

    Return to the water tower
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    Clearing North Booth
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    Belle in the rain
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    Traveler of Texas, photographer of steel.

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    Got trackside this evening in Booth and Richmond. Caught a BNSF stack train in Booth, and a UP manifest in Richmond. A passing EB UP train included a patched SP unit in its consist.


    Cloudy skies over Booth
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    Grab shot
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    Approaching the Brazos (sans lens flares)
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    Clean power, good light
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    Last edited by USSHelm; 07-03-2017 at 09:22 PM.
    Traveler of Texas, photographer of steel.

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    This past Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Galveston Railroad Museum. They're based out of the old Gulf Coast & Sante Fe station on Galveston Island. They're notable for operating two F units done up in ATSF warbonnet colors on excursions in SE Texas. Both F units were not operated by ATSF, but started life as SP units. The history of the Warbonnets is available here. Their motive power roster also includes a 2-8-0, a 4-6-0, a 2-6-2, and a Shay as well (all non-operational). Here are a few photos from the visit.

    WBT&S 1 (2-6-2)
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    ATSF 315 and SP 314 (4-6-0)
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    ATSF 316
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    Traveler of Texas, photographer of steel.

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    Another trio from Galveston.

    Magma Arizona 555 (2-8-0) and a Portland Cement Co. H20-44
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    UP slogan
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    SP 314, 4-6-0
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    Traveler of Texas, photographer of steel.

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    Looks like a good collection and from your photos, most seem to be in good condition.

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    Slow morning, and absolutely nothing this afternoon. But there were a couple. UP local out of Eagle Lake with an SD70M running long hood forward, and two KCS trains tied down just outside of their Kendleton intermodal transfer facility. The last photo is of a piece of rolling stock owned by the Imperial Sugar Company, for whom the city of Sugar Land is named. Imperial's trackage was torn up when the city began repurposing their old factory, so the car is currently sitting at the end of the Nalco/UP yard across the street in Sugar Land.

    Long hood foward at Hermann Sulak Rd
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    Belles under a big sky
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    Tied down at Kendleton
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    Imperial Sugar car
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    Traveler of Texas, photographer of steel.

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    This morning dawned sunny with a clear sky, and as of 1600 local the skies have turned dark and the thunder is rolling. Texas weather. The morning tally was 4 trains, and 1 gator. First train on the day was a WB KCS manifest outside Rosenberg. After that it was all BNSF action between Booth and Thompsons. A coal drag, stack train, and a cut of auto-racks. You'd almost miss the gator, but he can be seen in the last photo by the second axle in the reflection. Small one, maybe 3-4'.

    WB Manifest
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    Booth coal drag at first light
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    Thompsons trestle
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    Swamp railroading
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    Traveler of Texas, photographer of steel.

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