The Second North Country Trains photo contest is now accepting entries. Photos must be submitted by December 31, 2018 Photos of TRAINS ONLY! there will be two winners, one for models and one for real trains. Photos should be nicely composed, have good quality, and be artistic. Photos must be publicly viewable on the internet […]
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Last night the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train came through Plattsburgh. My photos were terrible, I will leave the night photography to Gary Knapp. Generator cars. Gideon and I got some great shots from atop a snowbank. Plattsburgh Mayor Collin Read speaking. The music wasn’t bad. The train preparing to depart. We raced over to the […]
Read More The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
For the first episode of this new series, Harrison and the crew make a “quick” stop in Albany on the way to Thanksgiving, which turned into a epic adventure. Episode 2 will be: Winter, stop us? snow way!
Read More Trackside Treks Episode 1: South to the Capitol
The CP holiday train will be comin’ to town tuesday at 7:00 PM(Plattsburgh) and 8:45(Rouses Point). The full schedule can be found here. My plan as of now is to head to Wickham’s Marsh, than chase it to somewhere in Plattsburgh.
Read More The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is Almost Here!
On the way to the train station we stopped a Williams Lumber store in Rhinebeck, NY and saw the seasonal train display. There were three separate tracks, all G gauge. There was a NYC F-A F-A set on the wall. They were also selling train sets. I played around with shutter speeds. I tried some […]
Read More Railfanning the Capitol District Part 4: Williams Lumber Store Model Train Display
Today we headed out to the Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak station to try to catch some heritage units on corridor trains. The plan was to catch trains 242 and 255 meeting. We got there and found out that 242 was canceled. The 255 came in right on time though, with PIII heritage unit #711 at 4:01 PM. […]
Read More Railfanning the Capitol District Part 3: South to Rhinecliff, and the Lake Shore Limited
We headed over to the station and saw unit #717 parked just farther than the train. The interior of the station was very nice. The loco pulled forward and reversed into the yard. There was another P32 sitting at the station. Next Amtrak PIII heritage unit #702 backed up to the train. We got in […]
Read More Railfanning the Capitol District Part 2: Switching Locos and Chasing Heritage Units at 105 MPH!
Today on the way south for thanksgiving I stopped in Albany to do some railfanning. We first passed the historic D&H building in Albany. When we got to the Albany Amtrak yard, I caught up with an old acquaintance- Babbling Brook! There were a lot of old cars sitting around. The station looks very modern. […]
Read More Railfanning the Capitol District Part 1: 4 Heritage Units and the D&H building
Tony Koester invented LDE’s, or layout design elements. While his LDE’s refer to towns, junctions, and yards, I think of LDE’s as the distinct(and not distinct) tracks, scenery, and structures I use on my layout. Today I finally got around to making the Rouses Point scene. As the track comes right up to the edge […]
Read More Modeling a Signature Layout Scene: Modeling the Rouses Point Station, Part 1
Today at robotics, I caught NS #7531 leading NS 931 out of Bluff Point yard on the Terry Gordon bike path. Hey, are those metal plates for our robot? There were several of two types of car that are becoming less common these days: the boxcar and the gondola. After, we swung by the station […]
Read More Epic Railfanning in the Snow with Amtrak and Norfolk Southern
The Amtrak F40PH Phase III heritage unit rolls into the Wells, ME Amtrak station in August.
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