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Pulled up to a rural crossing and saw these homeowners sitting in lawn chairs by the tracks.... leaned out the car window...

"Are you waiting for the train?"

"Yes. do you know when it's coming?"

"Yes." (I had my scanner and tweets from the train on my cell phone.) "Would it be OK if we sat in your back yard and waited with you?"

"Sure but no smoking and no drinking."

"No problem. Could I park in your driveway?"

"Sure."

They pulled out 3 more lawn chairs and we spent the next two hours in the shade under their tree and got a shot without any other foamers in sight.

SP Daylight 4-8-4 4449 emerges from the forest at the Rock River into storm clouds at Chana, Illinois on the way to Chicago. It was not the day I hoped for but at least I got one decent shot and heard something very unexpected. It is crossing the detector right here and after the train passed we heard...

"Detector milepost 95.5. Hot box detected. Right side, axle six. Left side axle six." If you are counting that would be the last driving axle which sits right under the firebox... and yes... I'll bet it's hot.

This was the end of the day as I got delayed a half hour by a kind young State Trooper who wasn't happy with my rate of speed... $75 and home.
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grandmajudie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Nice.
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Wordworker Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Solid shot!
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Daxserv Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
She quite takes my breath away.
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BlackChallenger Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
The cloudy sky is an excellent backdrop. Pics on sunny days tend to have shadows that are too deep.
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LostEnGraving Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I thought 30% chance of "train" would be a good title. I love this shot.
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your description of the day you took this picture on had me sucked in like a Book.

Great shot of one of America's most beautiful AND over-hyped Steam Locomotives... :dummy:
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:iconfactorone33:
factorone33 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great shot Chris.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Thanks Brandon... it was kind of cool... pulled up to a grade crossing and saw these homeowners sitting in lawn chairs by the tracks. Asked if they were waiting for the train... "yes. do you know when it's coming" (well of course i did... I had my scanner and tweets from the train on my cell phone)

"Would it be Ok if we sat in your back yard and waited with you?"

"Sure but no smoking and no drinking."

"No problem. Could I park in your driveway?"

"Sure."

They pulled out 3 more lawn chairs and we spent the next two hours in the shade under their tree and got a shot without any other foamers in sight.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
That's a story you can't beat. To quote one of the other Chicagoland railfans, the trail of foam behind this would've been insane.
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paploothelearned Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Chasing her is insane... *everyone* comes out of the woodwork to see her and to get into your shots. I savored the moment the one time we managed to catch her at a location that everyone else missed. :)
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
It's one of those things where if I had advance notice of her coming through the area, I'd stake out the one spot that nobody could find. Google Earth has yielded me some great spots that I would've otherwise not known about, and most don't realize are there.
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paploothelearned Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
We knew she was coming through for a couple of weeks before hand, and even knew which tracks she was coming in on, but we decided to attempt playing hopscotch with her instead of putting all of our eggs in one basket for one great location. :)
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The-Stealth-Ninja Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I wished farther north so I could have been able to shoot this. Southern California is lacking in steam trips these days, and I'm just aching to see some mainline action. Excellent capture.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
If California is lacking in steam trips, Kansas is outright deprived. Last steam trip was 3 years ago...
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riknard Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Grew up in SoCal along the coast north of LA, so grew up with SP. Used to see SP Daylight in silver streamline, wished I could have seen the more colorful ones like this, either diesel or steam. Thanks for sharing.
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Dorsaispirit Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when this came through my state of Montana a few years back. I rode with a friend and chased it over a hundred miles east. Got some great shots of it as it went by the river. To bad they were all on his camera and I never got to see them. I hope they can bring it back through some time.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Go to [link]

It will be back in Montana Oct 16, 17 & 18.
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
At least you got it, Chris! Nice one!
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! Too bad nobody forked over the money to get that Genesis painted in daylight colors... :)
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
Amtrak swapped out the Genesis unit in Minneapolis. this isn't the same unit that left Portland... but yes... that would have been cool.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
...and too expensive for a nonprofit event.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
But hey... Other roads have Heritage units... why not Amtrak?
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It would definitely be some good PR. I can only imagine how much uproar would come from purists though when Amtrak rolls out a GEnesis in Warbonnet paint... :)
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
wouldn't that be something... Champion Purple too.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL The Amtrak Green Diamond is arriving on track 2...
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JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
I got yelled at by a Indiana Harbor Belt cop for speeding, but he couldnt do nothing lol.
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samreevesphoto Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
LOL at least you got one Chris. You'll probably get a few more chances since it'll be hanging around for the train festival.

4449 goes everywhere…except its old home of the Coast Line. :XD:

And the single beam is classic BTW. Most people don't even know that SP instructed its engineers to blow the air horn. They never used the steam whistle if at all on the Daylight.
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RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
Evidently the trooper thought your car axles were running a bit hot too.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
I was really bummed. I wanted to catch it on the Lee curve.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
AAAHHHHH........DUUDDEE????? WHAT DID THEY DO TO HER MARS-LIGHT????!!?!!

4449, last time III checked, has a dul-stacked rotating pyle, and has had so for all of her existance, and what is THAT thing in her marslight casing now?
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
I knew it looked wrong in several other photos [link] but couldn't put my finger on what was wrong with it.
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
hmph, I looked it up. Apparently, they replaced it with the "Classic" style SP mars light that all the GS 4's and 5's had in their early days, before the dual-stacked bulb version came out.

I can't beleive I am saying this (because I am a huge beleiver in tradition and keeping things original)
but 4449 looked better with that dual-light.
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Zephyr73 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
I had to say it did look odd when i saw it, but it's something to get use to. I had to get use to her deliver style lettering on the tender after she was repainted back to the daylight paint scheme in 2004.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
I agree.
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