railroad

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.

Riding the Miniature Rails

This past weekend we went to the Cumberland Museum in the other end of the city. They had a railroad theme. Most of it was focused more on children, but there was some things I was interested in.

The museum is on a large grounds with many period buildings and structures such as a working sawmill, forge and printing press. The main entrance area is actually an old railroad station. One of the features was sending telegraphs. In the station, one could send a telegraph and pick it up in the caboose elsewhere on the grounds. While my son was composing a message, I grabbed this photo of the old school train tickets.

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XT013558But the one thing that I was looking forward to was the live steamers club. These guys (and possibly gals) have model steam trains that actually run on steam. All the principles of steam apply. Water, coal and fire. All locomotives are built to scale from milled metal. And to operate them, you ride them!

And they were giving rides. I took advantage and had a couple of rides, soot in the face and all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are a number of different models and types from North American and European steamers from various eras.

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A good time.

All photos taken with the Fuji X-T1 and the 16-55 f28.

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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