Will present photos and narrative describing railfan photo trips as well as general travel photos
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Hi, I spent yesterday afternoon taking these photos at Gaithersburg, MD with friend Ira Silverman. Between CSX and MARC it was reasonably busy.
Shortly after our arrival the early afternoon MARC train for Brunswick pulled into Gaithersburg. When I heard the train call a signal about a mile away I set up for the shot with my wide angle to short tele zoom but could not find the focusing square. I quickly realized the battery was low so I hurried back to the car and put a spare battery into my grip. It too was low so I grabbed the camera with my tele zoom and was able to grab this photo.
Next up was Q130. By this time I had put my third battery into the camera with the wide angle to short tele zoom and it was fine.
By now the snow was really picking up so to protect my cameras we moved to the parking structure diagonally across the street from the station. Here we photographed the empty garbage train returning from Dickerson, MD,
Q261 (abpve and below),
an eastbound auto rack train, and
two more commuter trains (above and six below).
We were going to stay for the westbound Capitol Limited but learned it was cancelled. Way to go Amtrak.
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.
My wife and I enjoy traveling. We have had a number of really great trips to South America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, Egypt and Jordan, and Africa. Photos from these trip will be included. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org