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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  5:56:18 PM  Show Profile
Back in May, 2004, Mike Chambers opened a Gallery with the theme of "Highballin". It has been many years, so hopefully members have taken new photos that fit the description that Mike gave back then.

That description was:

The word itself conjures up many photographic possibilities for both model railroaders and railfans. Everything from signals at a station or junction to monster steamers speeding across open prairies.

So let's see the drama of "highball" railroading. Model or prototype. Trains blasting through a crossing or struggling upgrade. Even trains in the yard awaiting a "highball" signal or on the siding while waiting for a priority fast freight to clear.



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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  8:21:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage


Maine Central Train 391 hits the Boundary Road crossing on the outskirts of North Dover.
The MEC crew are granted trackage rights on B&M rails at this section on my B&M/MEC layout.
What can be gleaned from this image is the fact that horns are a-blaring as the train bursts through the crossing off a blind curve hidden by the legion hall to the left and the brick building to the right.
Note too, the crossing guard shanty in B&M colours.



Same location, same train, different day, different power and a different railfan vantage point.
Note how I've used the foliage on the trees to funnel your eyes to that headlight on the locomotive.


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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UKGuy
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  9:20:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit UKGuy's Homepage  Send UKGuy a Yahoo! Message
So basically, just motive power again...?



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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  9:22:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage


Eastbound Via rail at speed passing through Coteau, Quebec on its journey from Toronto to Montreal.
There are so many modelling ideas that can be considered by a study of this image from the multiple arms on the telegraph poles to the signal towers...even the sheds off in the distance and the grass growing between the rails.

Hi Karl, good question. My take on it is the images this month will showcase more than just the locomotive. You'll see a portion of the train or perhaps all of it like the image above.
The setting will be entirely different with each picture.
You'll see the drama of a train on the move and not just the diesel or steamer resting in the yard or at a museum.
Lots of modelling ideas will come from these types of shots...I'm excited!


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  9:32:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage


An Ottawa Central train pierces the iron girders and immediately hits the road crossing in this dramatic shot I took back in 2007 between Glen Robertson and Hawksbury in Eastern Ontario.
Who wants to scratchbuild this bridge with all those bolts! Yikes!



My railfan buddies and I speed ahead just in time to catch the same train hit another road crossing. Too much fun on a glorious summer day with a Homer Simpson sky!
Note that there are signals for us (grade crossing signal) and signals for the locomotive crew off to the right.


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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UKGuy
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  9:35:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit UKGuy's Homepage  Send UKGuy a Yahoo! Message
I understand your interpretation and appreciate your explanation Mike, however, it's still gonna be the same thing as last month.



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UKGuy
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  9:54:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit UKGuy's Homepage  Send UKGuy a Yahoo! Message
quote:
Originally posted by Mike Hamer


Hi Karl, good question.
My take on it is the images will showcase more than just the locomotive. ...I'm excited!



quote:
Originally posted by Mike Hamer







Ummm, OK then.

Y'all enjoy.



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quartergauger48
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  10:21:08 PM  Show Profile
Karl give this a try'...

https://youtu.be/Wf91JnJ8RKE




Ted

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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  11:31:57 PM  Show Profile
Karl, I understand your point. I was looking more for photos of trains in action rather than static display locos like I posted last month. Then again between being caught up in our move from NJ to Michigan and heading out to the National Convention, I was not analyzing the similarity of the two as closely as I normally would. (You can tell by how late I opened the Gallery that I've been wrapped up with 'other stuff'.




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Dutchman
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Posted - 08/06/2018 :  11:34:10 PM  Show Profile
I like the idea of Ted's video, so here is one that I took of trains in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJa45DgVKzs




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Bill Gill
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Posted - 08/07/2018 :  07:29:30 AM  Show Profile
Amtrak Acela Express zips along shoreline from Boston to New York, April 2016



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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 08/07/2018 :  08:45:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage


Every picture tells a story...here, the story is "waiting for the train" at Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.



"Anticipation!" Note how the father kneeling down beside his little boy is sharing in his excitement as they await the arrival of the train...creating a future railfan!



"Arrival". She's still slowing down for the station stop. The passengers will board the second unit.
Note the size of the two rail diesel cars in relation to the station...quite massive actually.



A "study in detail and closeness". Note the horns atop both units and just how close they are when mu'd. Check out the natural weathering on the roof of the station.



A "race and a chase." My wife and daughters "race" down to board the train while my railfan buddy and I will give "chase" to the next station stop in our car.



"Departure!" Off she goes...better jump in the car for the chase.


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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quartergauger48
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Posted - 08/07/2018 :  4:18:58 PM  Show Profile
A local rolls through town with two specials for the REA.

https://youtu.be/e4qhuW0MgzI




Ted

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Rick
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Posted - 08/10/2018 :  07:00:13 AM  Show Profile
Carl Corsi's old HO layout.



As you think, so will you be.

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Rick
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Posted - 08/12/2018 :  08:05:54 AM  Show Profile
Joe's D&H HO layout.



As you think, so will you be.

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 08/13/2018 :  09:14:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage


Highballing through the muskeg on Tommy Hood's Canadian Northern layout in Ottawa, Canada.
Carl Swail detailed the marshes. The landscape in this image brings to mind the hardships the railroad builders faced in creating a great trans-continental railroad in Canada.


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

Edited by - Mike Hamer on 08/13/2018 09:15:42 AM

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