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Bring on (my) Train Spotting Season - 2019
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Sep 28, 2019 19:03:08   #
kmpankopf Loc: Mid-Michigan; SW Pennsylvania
 
The big steam engine in my area of the world is on the move. The PM #1225 is out and about in the state of Michigan. My better half and I have tickets to go on a fall color tour next weekend a little north of here. With that in mind, and reading some recent train posts, I dusted off a few pictures from last year from chasing the #1225.

I like this first shot for a few reasons. First, there is coal in the air falling out of the bucket. Next, for all the 'greyness' in the shot, you have the orange traffic cone, the green safety vest and the blue engines to add some color. The position of the CAT on top of the coal pile is interesting as well. And call me lucky, but the headlight isn't totally blown.

Fueling the #1225 by Kurt Pankopf


One of the elements of the #1225 shots is the steam exhaust. The more the better. In still air, fantastic. I played around with trying to bring out more contrast, definition in the steam. I tried some HDR and other blending tricks, but in the end the original was the best for me.

#1225 in Motion


One of the other elements I look for when at a location is the not so obvious angle, which is usually crowd or other photographer shots. During my hour at this location, I did talk to the people pictured here. No sense in asking if they were rail fans, it was cold and it was early. Only fans are out at this time.

#1225 Fans

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Sep 28, 2019 19:18:49   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 

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Sep 28, 2019 19:20:00   #
Jay Pat Loc: Round Rock, Texas, USA
 
I enjoyed viewing the images!!!
Dust off some more and post!
Pat

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Sep 28, 2019 20:00:27   #
OneShot1 Loc: Wichita, KS, USA
 
Great pix!

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Sep 28, 2019 21:14:45   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Nice set.

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Sep 28, 2019 21:38:13   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
Great set!! I like the sequence 1-2 and I love the steam enveloping the crane in the 2nd one. I really like the 3rd one of the people taking pics!

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Sep 29, 2019 05:52:38   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
kmpankopf wrote:
The big steam engine in my area of the world is on the move. The PM #1225 is out and about in the state of Michigan. My better half and I have tickets to go on a fall color tour next weekend a little north of here. With that in mind, and reading some recent train posts, I dusted off a few pictures from last year from chasing the #1225.

I like this first shot for a few reasons. First, there is coal in the air falling out of the bucket. Next, for all the 'greyness' in the shot, you have the orange traffic cone, the green safety vest and the blue engines to add some color. The position of the CAT on top of the coal pile is interesting as well. And call me lucky, but the headlight isn't totally blown.

Fueling the #1225 by Kurt Pankopf


One of the elements of the #1225 shots is the steam exhaust. The more the better. In still air, fantastic. I played around with trying to bring out more contrast, definition in the steam. I tried some HDR and other blending tricks, but in the end the original was the best for me.

#1225 in Motion


One of the other elements I look for when at a location is the not so obvious angle, which is usually crowd or other photographer shots. During my hour at this location, I did talk to the people pictured here. No sense in asking if they were rail fans, it was cold and it was early. Only fans are out at this time.

#1225 Fans
The big steam engine in my area of the world is on... (show quote)


Nice set.

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Sep 29, 2019 09:10:38   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Enjoyed all of these! Love those steam engines.

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Sep 29, 2019 10:49:03   #
yssirk123 Loc: New Jersey
 
Spectacular train images - some of the best I've seen on this site!

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Sep 29, 2019 19:24:06   #
AirWalter Loc: Tipp City, Ohio
 
Love these shots, and wish I was going with you on your excursion. Where is this engine located and where do the excursion rides go?


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Sep 29, 2019 19:32:48   #
JustJill
 
kmpankopf wrote:
The big steam engine in my area of the world is on the move. The PM #1225 is out and about in the state of Michigan. My better half and I have tickets to go on a fall color tour next weekend a little north of here. With that in mind, and reading some recent train posts, I dusted off a few pictures from last year from chasing the #1225.

I like this first shot for a few reasons. First, there is coal in the air falling out of the bucket. Next, for all the 'greyness' in the shot, you have the orange traffic cone, the green safety vest and the blue engines to add some color. The position of the CAT on top of the coal pile is interesting as well. And call me lucky, but the headlight isn't totally blown.

Fueling the #1225 by Kurt Pankopf


One of the elements of the #1225 shots is the steam exhaust. The more the better. In still air, fantastic. I played around with trying to bring out more contrast, definition in the steam. I tried some HDR and other blending tricks, but in the end the original was the best for me.

#1225 in Motion


One of the other elements I look for when at a location is the not so obvious angle, which is usually crowd or other photographer shots. During my hour at this location, I did talk to the people pictured here. No sense in asking if they were rail fans, it was cold and it was early. Only fans are out at this time.

#1225 Fans
The big steam engine in my area of the world is on... (show quote)




I really enjoyed viewing your set of pictures.

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Sep 30, 2019 10:06:16   #
kmpankopf Loc: Mid-Michigan; SW Pennsylvania
 
AirWalter wrote:
Love these shots, and wish I was going with you on your excursion. Where is this engine located and where do the excursion rides go?



The trip information can be found here: https://www.michigansteamtrain.com/tickets-reservations

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Sep 30, 2019 10:14:20   #
rehess Loc: South Bend, IN, USA
 
kmpankopf wrote:
The big steam engine in my area of the world is on the move. The PM #1225 is out and about in the state of Michigan. My better half and I have tickets to go on a fall color tour next weekend a little north of here. With that in mind, and reading some recent train posts, I dusted off a few pictures from last year from chasing the #1225.

I like this first shot for a few reasons. First, there is coal in the air falling out of the bucket. Next, for all the 'greyness' in the shot, you have the orange traffic cone, the green safety vest and the blue engines to add some color. The position of the CAT on top of the coal pile is interesting as well. And call me lucky, but the headlight isn't totally blown.

Fueling the #1225 by Kurt Pankopf


One of the elements of the #1225 shots is the steam exhaust. The more the better. In still air, fantastic. I played around with trying to bring out more contrast, definition in the steam. I tried some HDR and other blending tricks, but in the end the original was the best for me.

#1225 in Motion


One of the other elements I look for when at a location is the not so obvious angle, which is usually crowd or other photographer shots. During my hour at this location, I did talk to the people pictured here. No sense in asking if they were rail fans, it was cold and it was early. Only fans are out at this time.

#1225 Fans
The big steam engine in my area of the world is on... (show quote)

Is this the loco that was used as model for the "Polar Express" movie?

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Sep 30, 2019 19:59:50   #
kmpankopf Loc: Mid-Michigan; SW Pennsylvania
 
rehess wrote:
Is this the loco that was used as model for the "Polar Express" movie?


Yes. Part of the lore.

https://kurtpankopfphotography.blogspot.com/2018/12/chasing-polar-express-pm-1225.html

For some of the other photos: https://kurtpankopfphotography.blogspot.com/search/label/Trains

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