We'll regularly post photos which we think
combine our interest in railroading and photography and share some information
on both. If nothing
else perhaps we can make a case that trains make good subjects.
This photo is of Amtrak train 147 departing Worcester's refurbished Union
Station on its way to Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, and stops from New
York to Washington in early February 2004. It was a bitterly cold day and
I was putting a new Olympus D-560 3.2megapix camera through its very first
paces. I purchased the camera as an alternative to much larger cameras that
I do not always want to lug around when I am traveling. The photo was a difficult
challenge because I had to shoot directly into the sun and there was a lot
of reflective light thanks to the snow. Train 147 and its northbound
counterpart ran on Saturdays and Sundays only, with a consist of Amfleet
coaches, food service car and business car on the rear. Amtrak ended it later
in the year.
Next is a photo taken in March, 2005, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It shows
Amtrak's DownEaster on its way (running right to left in the picture) from
Boston to Portland, Maine. The wide angle photo was taken with an Olympus
5060 5 megapix camera with a wide angle conversion lens.
Here is a classic railroad shot if ever there was one. Its the Napa Valley
Wine Train heading north on a beautiful California day in 2009. My camera
was a very small Panasonic Lumix ZS1 with a 25-300mm lens. A perfect travel
Next is an Boston bound Acela passing a southbound regional train at the
Kingston, RI, station in late July, 2013. The camera for this hair raising
was a new Olympus XZ-1 with a fine and fast Zuiko lens.
Below is the Boston section of the Lake Shore Ltd heading west through Westborough,
Mass, on a cold day in January 2014. Camera was the little
Panasonic mentioned above.
This shot of a BNSF business train cruising through Emeryville, California,
in September, 2010, is just what any railway photographer would love to see.
from his or her hotel room no less. This is one train worth photographing
coming and going. Imagine being in that last car. My camera was my little