Railfanning the BN High Prairie Sub

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by hemiadda2d, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

    A local railfan was busy last night...
    Here we see M-PASKCK, in the big cut near Granite, ID, headed by a pair of BN Deuces:
    In this shot, a local job with SP&S 45, an aging SW9, in the lead with a cut of empty centerbeam/bulkhead flats to head back onto the Kettle Falls branch to be reloaded with forest products:
    At the depot, changing crews for the next leg of the journey to the coast, a pair of Oakway SD60's are in charge of a seemingly endless string of coal loads from the Powder River Basin:
    Almost outta breath, after pulling a classic railfan move--jumping out of the still-moving vehicle, and dashing trackside to snag this shot of a rare SD40 in whiteface livery charging up the grade for Steven's pass. Even with 9,000 HP on tap, this train will no doubt need helpers when they get to Wenatchee:
  2. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

    After taking a short lunch break, our railfan is back in Coure D'Alene, ID, ready for more action. It doesn't take long for something to catch his eye. Across the yard, at the gravel tipple, a ballast train led by a CB&Q Redbird Geep 20 is spotted at the loader:
    It wasn't too long after the ballast job showed up, so did the Empire Builder, with a gorgeous pair of E9's on the point:
    Looking from the overpass, the 'Builder silently crossloads passengers, as a grain train sits int he hole, awaiting a green signal:
    While the pride of the Great Northern is departing for Wenatchee, our photographer shoots a broadside of the Ocean View, an 89' Great Dome lounge car:
    After what seems like hours, the grain train finally gets permission from the dispatcher in Fort Worth to proceed. Our railfan tears out into the country, and finds his spot in the big fill near Athol, ID:
  3. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Cool pictures! I like it when railfans get good shots like that!

  4. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Nice pictures and modeling. I have always liked those red Burlington units. The silver E units are great too.
  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Nice pics and modeling, great story line! :thumb:
  6. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

    Thanks folks! Little did I realize, till I posted the pics here, that the ballast bucket & ballasting tools and a roll of duct tape were in the background of the very first picture!! OOps!:oops:
    I need to finish painting that tan color on the entire west side of the layout, and finish making/installing the trees on the false backdrop. Much work left to be done, but it is coming along nicely!
  7. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Nice to see your railroad in action hemiadda2d
  8. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

    Thanks! It sure is nice to see some progress!
    Lately, I have been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest! In other words, progress has ground to a halt...:rolleyes:
  9. conraildude1

    conraildude1 New Member

    Nice pics Hemi looking good there, you must one heck of a zoom lens on that camera.
  10. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

    I have a 10X optical lens on my Fujifilm Finepix S5000. The macro will really get close, as seen here: (an N scale SD70MAC in Alaska RR)
  11. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Your railfan pics l@@k good. :)
  12. 70Runner

    70Runner Member

    Nice pics Hemi ! Can't wait to start on my layout now!:thumb:

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