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30 Percent Chance of Rain by classictrains 30 Percent Chance of Rain by classictrains
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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:iconwordworker:
Wordworker Apr 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Solid shot!
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:icondaxserv:
She quite takes my breath away.
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:iconblackchallenger:
The cloudy sky is an excellent backdrop. Pics on sunny days tend to have shadows that are too deep.
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:iconlostengraving:
I thought 30% chance of "train" would be a good title. I love this shot.
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Sampug394 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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factorone33 Jul 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great shot Chris.
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:iconclassictrains:
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 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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:iconpaploothelearned:
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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