Short Train Ride
Missouri Toodie posted a video from Britain about trains plowing snow. Watching the giant machines plow the snow and sometimes getting stuck is awesome. The massive machines and the diminutive man battling Mother Nature is a show.
One of my hobbies is railroad photography and model railroads. I don’t post much of it on here because most of it I post on Railroad sites or put them in my train albums on Picasa at Google, similar to Flikr. There is an allure about trains that grabs me. I can take a book or …… and go down to the tracks and sit and watch trains pass by. Sometimes there are a few of us that get together and pass the day with tall tales. We have taken trips together and train rides.
I’ll take over 2000 pictures of trains a year, a few get posted on the web and some end up with stories. With the computer and digital cameras it is not as expensive as the old film cameras were. Therefore I shoot more images now. I still have many of the old slides and prints from years past and the train post made me go scrounging.
This picture of Amtrak was taken about 20 years ago. It was on its way to the test track at Pueblo. Railroads have unusual rules and there were two crews on board, the Amtrak crew and a Santa Fe crew. The Santa Fe crew was the pilot crew since Amtrak did not run on this track they had to have an escort crew from the operating RR. When we seen this foreign critter we had to get a closer view.
As I was getting a closer look a head pops out the window and starts waving. It turns out it was the conductor I knew from the club I’m in. He invited us up into the car and we got a tour and he took us into the engine for a tour also. We got a ride of about 50 feet. Amtrak was on red blocks waiting for another train to pass from the other direction and we got a ride up to the red light in the engine cab.
Being a railfan and getting in an engine like that is a rarity. Most of the time I’m like everybody else, I’ve got to buy a ticket to ride.