Will present photos and narrative describing railfan photo trips as well as general travel photos
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
NKP 765 - May 26, 2013
Hi, We left our motel about 5:45 and drove to Miflintown for our first shot. The train showed up 7:51 AM.
While the train loaded in Lewistown we ran around it and found this location just south of Mattawana. Amazingly, only three other people joined us here.
At this point we left the railroad and took a shorter route as we felt it would decrease the train's lead. Imagine our surprise on finding other railfans waiting for the train when we regained the tracks at Mill Creek.
Our next stop was Tipton where there is an old style former PRR signal bridge.
I decided to try an experiment at our next location, Gallitzin. Below is the view with a 120 mm lens on a full frame camera as 765 comes past AR Tower.
Here is a cropped version of the same image. I got the idea from talking to Kevin Burkholder when I attended the NS Heritage Unit presentation at Spencer, NC. Last year.
The next 2 images show the train leaving Gallitzin for Altoona.
Since we had photographed at Alto the previous day we went to slope this day.
After lunch we decided to check out the cut at Union Furnace. We had passed it up on Saturday but Bill's nephew, Don, told it was a good shot. He was correct.
Next we found a slightly different angle at Mapleton.
Inspired by some Climax pans friend Dave Busse did of the Durbin Rocket the week before, I decided to try that when we returned to Newport.
The final images of the trip were obtained as the train was wyed at the west end of the Rockville Bridge.
It was a great trip - great weather, great photo spots, a great train and great traveling companions. At least a 9.8. I hope you enjoyed the photos.
I am 77 years old. I took my first railroad photos in the mid 50's although active photography really took hold in 1971 when I moved to the Washington, DC area.
I enjoy photographing almost any kind of rail activity and have done so throughout the United States. In addition, I have photographed extensively in a number of Canadian Provinces and have had the opportunity to shoot some in foreign countries.
I am married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandsons. Professionally, I worked for the United States Bureau of Mines until the organization was shut down in 1996. In my last assignment I managed the Bureau's Minerals and Materials Science Research Program.
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