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Engine Number 1 by classictrains Engine Number 1 by classictrains
I am fascinated by shortlines.... for lots of reasons. There are those who optimistically number their equipment with 3 and 4 digits and then there are those modest enough to start with 1.

The Davenport, Rock Island and Northwestern is one of those little lines. I caught this shot of Alco switcher #1 from a passing train while riding along the Mississippi River... and of course the sun was in exactly the wrong place.

Thanks to :iconsilverwolf-1ofmany: who help resolve the identity of this engine since different internet sites have it differently tagged. It appears to be an S3.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure this isn't an S1? ;)
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
different web sites give different answers.
S2 per RR pix dot net...
DAMN! devArt won't let me include the full URL... go to shortlines and DRI
S3 per Don's Depot
Does anyone really know?
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I was told that the difference between S1/S3's and S2/S4's is that the former two have a longer (wider) front radiator section. Difference between the S1 and S2, and between the S3 and S4, is the type of trucks. Confusing. :XD:

(Oh, S1's and S3's are 600 horsepower, while S2's and S4's are 1,000 horsepower.)

I can't help it if I'm a walking ALCo encyclopedia. :XD:
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
So who is right? What is this one?
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This one is either an S1 or S3. If you look at this pic of an S2 here [link] (yes that's me) you can see that the radiator is much longer, and there is one less engine door than on the S1/S3. :nod:
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
(this one you have here is probably an S3, as it has the later trucks on it)
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
I can accept that.. I am surprised to find rrpicturearchives.net has an error though.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I get my info from the Field Guide to Trains of North America, by Gerald Foster. Google actually has the page I'm referring to in their Books preview here [link] (click "Preview This Book" at the top left and scroll to Page 6) It's a great book and it's helped me on numerous occasions in the field when I get confused. :D
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
When cleaning up your images, try using the Unsharp Mask to clarify some of what you're working on. I think it might add some clarity to this shot.

Unless you already are doing that and it's not helping. ;P
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
I am... this is my second try. I think I overdid it. I'm still not happy with it. The problem this time is the noise in the shadows that keeps getting sharpened too. I think I'm going to try again sometime doing some heavy noise reduction in the dark zones
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Dark noise is a pain in the ass.

It drives me crazy when I have to selectivity sharpen and/or remove noise. CS4 has some awesome new stuff that does some good work, but it ain't the end-all-be-all yet (of course, shooting more efficiently on my end helps that too).
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What I find most interesting about profile shots like this is that one is able to see how little there actually is between the engine and the truck :)
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classictrains Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
I agree... and these Alco's with their tiny fuel tanks look even more unusual,
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