Trains in the Backyard

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by TrainClown, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. TrainClown

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    Hi guys! :)

    It has occurred to me that I'm not the only one with trains running by my home. So I invite anyone to add to this thread. Take a picture of a train going by your home and join the fun!

    I have 2 tracks going by behind me, one is the main CN line and the other is a spur that runs into the city. The pics I have to share are of the tracks closest to me (the spur line).

    I'm really a steam engine man but I'm finding as I see the diesels go by that I'm beginning to like them, too. This first pic is of an engine I see quite a bit out here shunting stock back and forth.

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  2. TrainClown

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    Not Far Away

    The tracks are just the other side of the lane and I can wave to the engineer from my garage.

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  3. TrainClown

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    More Pics

    The whole place gently rumbles as the big ones go by.

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  4. TrainClown

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    A Big One

    Here's one for the rolling stock fans.

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  5. railohio

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    Well, I can only see the tracks from my house in the winter, and that time of year they don't always go by in daylight. Y'all are going to have to settle for a shot from across town. :D

    FM-10, 35-105/3.5-4.5 AF, Fuji Sensia 100

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    Only in the winter ??? That one doesn't make sense to me.
  7. rockislandmike

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    Can't see any from my home (although I can hear them), but the CN east-west mainline travels right behind our northside plant in Edmonton. It's a VERY rare day when I don't see at least half a dozen trains just between going outside for breaks, and arriving and departing.

    This is one of the local switchers, a GP38-2 (which seems strange to me, because I have a lot of GP38-2's on my 1980 Rock Island layout that power their priority trains). I posted this the other day in Prototype:Canada (but it seemed worthy of a rerun for this post).

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    Trees have leaves on them in the summer.
  9. Clerk

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    Way back in 1955, we lived in a railroad place called Perez. It is half way between Klamath Fall, Or and Alturas, Ca. We lived in a house right next to the track. The water tower in the background supplied water for the big Cab Forward waiting to help a train over the hill. It also supplied water for all the houseing in the area. That was the best water I ever tasted. My three kids had just watched a freight go by and I caught them at the fence. All the engineers and conductors knew them and all waved to each other as the trains went by.

    We were 25 miles from a small town called Tulelake, Ca. It got its name from the lake that was there. Water is still there but underground and every time a train went by the ground rolled like the rollers on the ocean. It took a while but we finally got to where we could sleep when the trains went by.

    The building in the upper left is where the section gang kept their little put put.

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  10. TrainClown

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    Way to Go, Fellas!

    That's a great story, Clerk. Golden memories of a time gone by.

    Come on, now, the rest of you! Someone must live by the tracks.

    A piccy please! :D
  11. jon-monon

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    Great piccys all of you!

    My "backyard tracks", two blocks away, went from a mainliine to a siding during railroad relocation in Lafayette.
  12. Clerk

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    The wife found another picture

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  13. Topo

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    Nice yesteryear photos, Clerk. :cool:

    Living in that scenary, I supose that for a child it can be almost unavoidable to become a railfan! (I would have loved it) You're fortunate too, TrainClown. Nice views (I hope that they won't run too early in sundays) :D
  14. interurban

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    Neat thread Trainclown:D :D
    Great pics guys,
    Nice to meet some of the family Dick:D a few years late:p
    How do they look now:cool:
  15. interurban

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    My back yard:D well about 5 mins in the car,
    Went to see a crane ranked up in the siding for the weekend.
    and snaped a through frieght :D

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    Here is the crane , they fix up the Cherry bridge last week.

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    The Sun shone so here is a better shot.
    I have the main CP line north of me.
    and the C N south.
    Lucky duck eh:D :D

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  18. Clerk

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    Chris....My baby is in her 40's and her oldest son is studying for his masters in physics and planning to go ahead for his doctorect)cant spell)
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    Good stuff,,,, Where has all the time gone:eek:
    Don`t now about you Dick, but it`s flown buy:(
    Never mind I am glad I am where I am and not 30 years younger, it was hard the first time round, dont want a second go:D :D :D
  20. Clerk

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    Well Chris. I am just glad I made it this far. If I had a chance to do it over again, a lot of things would change. But one thing for sure. I would marry my wife all over again.