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No.357
Hey! I can finally post again!
Last Tuesday I got word the Royal Canadian Pacific was headed out to Lake Louise and back. I had a couple clients scheduled in Canmore in the morning, but I caught up with them during a station stop at Banff.
¨ No.364
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We next caught the train at the Storm Mountain viewpoint (roughly mile 101) which has a famous view in the other direction. Maybe we'll catch it on the way back?
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I almost made it to where I wanted to for the going away shot.
Almost.
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Next stop is the famous (and increasingly tree covered curve at mile 113.
The speed limit on the railway is 55MPH for passenger.
The speed limit on the highway is 60...kph.
I'm sure we obeyed all relevant laws.
¨ No.367
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Again, the famous view is the other direction. The trees get worse here every year, and the railway and the park keep saying it's not their responsibility.
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The train turned at Lake Louise. Now this is an issue why? Oh right, because the nearest crossover is up the hill at the top of the pass.
¨ No.369
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We chased the units running light for their hour-long runaround, about 8 miles each way.
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Before they ran the units onto the north track, a very overwhelmed RTC managed to slide a surprisingly short (80 cars, 2+1+1) empty potash train through.
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The triumphant return!
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This joint was absolute butter.
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Last one of the RCP. They slide it into a stub track they call the Chalet track, and I found out that everyone aboard was off on a bus tour of the surroundings and they wouldn't be departing until roughly 6. Sunset would be at 8, but more importantly, I had to be back in Calgary for 7:30. Looks like other shots will have to wait.
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The dining car staff walk back to the train while intermodal 112 heads down the north track.
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Half an hour later, we passed 112 on the highway and decided to grab one more shot of it.
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...That's when we realized there was a work train with 4 SD40-2s on the mainline!
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Feels like all the old GMD units CP has have at least one light burned out...
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Last one. They dropped off their gondolas at Gap, where they have rip-rap to load. The power needed to make it back to Calgary, and they were making plans to have it hauled back on another train from Exshaw instead of running light the whole way, so this was where we ended it.
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Those are some professional level pics.
I know my pics are sometimes, not too often, chosen for commercial rail magazines (which may, if stretch the definition enough, put them into professional category too) but they very noticeably lack the level of "crispiness" and exposition balance of yours.

Heres an example. Unfortunately, since I so far chose to retain my anonimity here, I can post only the pics which are not suitable for publishing under my real name.

>looks at his exif

Oh. I see. Then to you my (and pretty much 99% of train fans) puny attempts at photography must seem like another normie shooting Oh lOoK a TrAiN! from their 2 year-old Xperia... vertically.
¨ No.388
>>379
Photography is actually my career, so I hope that the photos I take look okay! If the ones you post are your rejects, then you're doing a fine job.

Xperia is the Fujifilm Sensia of this decade. I don't miss when I sucked. That phase lasted way too long.
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>>388
Well... as much as I'm ashamed to admit it, TECHNICALLY it is not a reject by quality. There are some things I'd do better in processing if I was to actually publish it, but this is generally how my crappy old D5000 and _almost_ faulty from the factory (but not quite faulty enough to count as a warranty case, a frequent situation with cheap universal lens) 18-200 lens shoot under any conditions other than "JUST PERFECT", no matter why I try to do against it. But luckily the fine quality of the picture itself is made being of little relevance by the fact that in 99.99% all the pics I submit somewhere are significantly downscaled. Like, if you downscale it by a factor of 2.5 (in this case still close to a maximum resolution acceptable by most Russian transport photo sites) it doesn't look like total crap already.

P. S. If anything, the pic is of the ED4M commuter train on the Kievskiy corridor of Moscow railway, shot from the exact same spot as this pic by a fellow train fan >>387 only facing backwards.
¨ No.399
>>367
Oh god, that's the good stuff. Mainline dem mountain shots straight into my arm.

>>372
>Butter joint
>Using a radio in the line of sight of the engineer

If the engineer is indeed in the farther locomotive and can see the conductor, then this is absolutely cheating.
¨ No.400
>>376
Beautiful. That takes me back to the days of chasing SD powered grain trains in the Rockies. A stop at Field to load up on Kokanee (couldn't get it in Calgary at the time). Chase a train or two on return, retire that evening partying with friends with the much covetted BC beer. :^)

Good times!

Going back to around 1990, a couple of us compared photos taken at Morants Curve in the 50's vs current day and noted the encroaching trees and figured the uniqueness of that location will be lost within our lifetimes. The views at the Spiral Tunnels lookout was pretty much gone by the late 80's.

I know a long retired railroader who used to clear the CPR r.o.w. back in the day (1st job was clearing snow on the Coquihalla sub) with D5 Cats. He said back then the railway cleared right up to the edge of their property. The distance from track to property edge *usually* gave them protection from trees adjacent to their property from falling on the tracks. It also provided a safety margin for train crews in terms of visibility ahead.
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>>400
Hell yeah, we were joking that between the tuscan red varnish and action red SD40-2s it could have been a day on my Kootenay Division!

Now you're so right about the trees. No spot is safe, and Morant's is getting worse at an alarming pace.

>>399
Nah, he was on 1401.
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They've split up the dream team, but look how I found wandering around today.
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>>367
Here's comparison shot.

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