October 2, 2009 | Comments Off on Friday Photo: On the Train Roof

Blog post and Photo by Andrew Biraj

September 24, 2009 | Comments Off on Chatswood Station during the Dust Storm

Chatswood Station during this week’s dust storm in Sydney, Australia.

Flickr Photo by dmmaus

September 18, 2009 | Comments Off on Friday Photo: Eritrean Railway

Photo: Eritrean Railway by Tivedshambo

August 26, 2009 | Comments Off on Center for Railroad Photography & Art Contest

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art organizes a contest every year to judge the most outstanding contributions to railroad images. Through these contests they want to push the limits of railroad photography.

This year’s theme
is “Beyond the Locomotive“. The photographer should understate (or even eliminate) the locomotive in the photograph and emphasize other aspects of the railroad environment.

The first prize is a Canon EOS 50D digital camera body. Second and Third place winners will get $500 and $300 respectively. This contest is open to all photographers. There is no fee for members of the Center but non-members have to pay a $10 entry fee.

Here are some of the winners from the 2009, 2008 and 2007 contests.

The winner of both the 2009 and 2007 was Keith Burgess, I really liked his night photos and searched for him and found more of his photos at PBase and a Black & White set at Flickr.

August 19, 2009 | Comments Off on Railroads in Scott Kelby’s Photowalk

This year Scott Kellby’s Worldwide Photowalk took place on July 18. The winners of that contest were announced yesterday. Photographers from around the world, all took pictures on that day. Winners were chosen from each location from which Scott selected the winning photograph.

The railroad’s form and structure always are a great photographer’s subject. Surprisingly, this year too, there were many railroad-related photos in the entries. Here are some of the location winners with railroads as their entries. (You could also click on the location/city link to see other photos from the location – there are more railroad-related photos among them)

From Temuco, Chile – Photo by Luz Roja

From Sacramento, USA – Photo by James Moehrke

From Raleigh N.C. State University Area, USA – Photo by Robert Weisgal

From Old Sacramento & Railroad Museum, USA – Photo by Margaret Smith
(many railroad pictures here)

From Limerick (Adare), Ireland – Photo by Billy Gleeson

From Kamloops, Canada

From Blue Ridge, USA – Photo by _fdm3411f2blueridgetraincabs

From Birmingham, USA – Photo by Josh Langley

From Lynchburg, USA

Palmer, MA is known as the town of seven railroads but it’s winning entry was not railroad-related though they did take some pretty good railroad photos.

August 17, 2009 | Comments Off on Railways in Color

Digital Photography Review recently held a “Railways in Color” challenge to photograph railways from around the world. Here are the results of that challenge. (slideshow)

August 3, 2009 | Comments Off on On the Amtrak Regional

The Amtrak Regional is a great way to travel into NY from Boston. This weekend i took the train into NY and it was a very pleasant and a relaxing trip.

Driving into NY, having to stay alert on the road, traffic, fuel and parking costs all adds up.
You arrive all tired and depleted of energy. Not so if you are taking the train. The regional’s coach seats were comfy and had lot of leg room. The overheard luggage rack was big enough to hold your largest bags. Temperature inside was pleasant. The outlets at every seat made sure you never run our of power for the movie you would want to bring. However, if you could not get the window seat, it is impossible to charge your devices without having the wires dangling/touching your fellow passengers “personal space”.

Food on board
Avoid! Its all prepackaged and even though they have an attendant in the cafe car, it felt getting food from a vending machine. You are better off to plan ahead and get your snacks and meals before boarding. Amtrak Regional definitely needs a major improvement in this area. However, the meal choices in the Acela First Class sounds savory.

Its not the Acela
Our return trip was two hour late. If your regional is late, it will be more off schedule if there is a Acela in the vicinity. Since Acela take precedence, your regional is kept on hold while it is let through. If time is important to you, pay the little extra and get tickets on the Acela. Its Amtrak’s prestigious train and they will make sure it never arrives late.

Best side for the Railfan
Going south from to Boston to NY, i think you see a lot of action if you sit on the right side. The Providence rail yard, New Haven yard are all on the right and you get to see a lot of locomotives and rolling stock. Nearing NY, you get to catch some CT and MTA commuter traffic. The NY skyline is an added benefit as it goes over and around Jackson Heights. The windows are clean so you can take decent pictures and movies.

The Regional did not get a lot of areas to open the throttle. But since the return trip was late, the engineer did open up in the Mystic CT – Kingston RI and then from Providence into Massachusetts. It was a great feeling and i felt wanting more. Maybe the next time, i will take the Acela just to get the thrill of speed.

Click below for some pictures from the trip:

A short video clip of the trip:

July 27, 2009 | Comments Off on Gallery of Steel

(Photo: by Michael Erhardsson)

Gallery of Steel is a Flickr Group that has the most artistic and creative collections of railway photos from around the world. If you love photography, this collection will be a source of inspiration when you hang out next time around trains, with your camera.

July 20, 2009 | Comments Off on Railfanning The Cascades

Railfanning The Cascades. Pictures taken by my friend at Mt Vernon and Seattle Stations (click for more):

July 17, 2009 | Comments Off on Friday Fun: Tilt-Shift Train Video

Andi Leemann and Jeri Peier had used tilt-shift photography technique to create this stunning video of trains in Switzerland. By the end of this clip, you would be convinced it was a exquisitely detailed model railroad layout.

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