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To Catch a Train

A few weeks ago I as up in Carp visiting my doctor for a check up. As I have mentioned in another post about the local train situation, the changes are slim, but always possible to see a train. Its a very rare event, so I’m always ready with a camera. A few weeks prior, I was in the area, and with a bit of spare time, reconnoitred the area and where the roads and tracks crossed.

After my appointment I was heading to the car when I heard the train horn. Woo hoo! But hearing the train horn, meant it was already at the level crossing in the main part of town, not too far from where I took the pictures mentioned in a previous post. However, thanks to my earlier recon and knowing that the speed is only 10 mph, I went to the new spot to catch it. I wasn’t even in a panic to get to my location, knowing the speed limit. In fact, I had enough time to park, get out the camera (my new Fuji X100T) and take a look down the tracks. The train hadn’t even rounded the corner yet!

I considered affixing the teleconverter but opted to take my time and get the settings right.

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A short train, and about as good as it gets in Ottawa for freight trains, sadly.

As it trundled by I took a bunch of shots and watched it carry on down the line. I noted the time, and its roughly the same time as the previous view. I’ll have to make a point of making my appointments at or around that time all the time.

Arnprior Local

A couple of weeks ago I was, again at my doctor (just a normal blood pressure check, no big deal). I had finished, and was heading out, and on to work. At the lights at March and Carp road while waiting for the lights to change, I looked left and saw the said local just crossing the road down the way. This is a small train that runs up the valley at an irregular time, and its been a challenge for train watchers to see. I quickly (and safely) did a quick turn and rushed back into town to catch the train.
Having been through this before in a way, I knew where to go, and went to Salisbury street. The line runs right next to the road. I hurried over, and being a 10mph limit, had to then wait quite a while for it to get there. But that was fine; I had time to get exposure and composition set.
Taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and 18mm f2.
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