|After about a 10 minute wait this manifest came slugging up the grade with a BNSF unit in the lead. You can really see the steepness of the grade in this photo.|
Day 2 con't. - Back To Mance
by Don Janes
After we left Oakland, Md. we decided to give Mance another kick at the can. It continued raining off and on but since Mance was on the way home why not try it. On our arrival we were met by Roger Snyder who informed us there were several trains in the area and that the first would be a westbound manifest. He no sooner said this than we heard the rumble of GE units working uphill coming around the curve. Not wanting to miss the shot by re-postioning I decided to stay right at the post office and shoot from there. It was good thing too because this guy was really haulin" and I barely got the camera out when he was on us. To my delight the leader was a BNSF unit that really popped on such a dreary day.
|Roger puts out his Chessie Cat pumpkin every year around Halloween. It makes a nice prop for shooting trains from the porch.|
Not long after that train cleared an eastbound auto rack train drifted downhill by the post office. I thought I'd try a different angle so headed east of the post office and found a mound of ballast to climb up to give me a little elevation. No sooner had I got up there the rain started pouring down but at this point it was too late to move so I decided to bite the bullet and get a shot from there than miss it completely. I wish now I had stayed under the porch and shot the eatbound from the spot I shot the photo above. It seemed as though our railfanning luck was beginning to change and our enthusiasm started to return. All we needed now was a couple of sunny days.
|After a 15 minute wait this auto rack train drifted down hill with dynamic brakes whining. I should have stayed under the porch for this one.|
Wow! Really beautiful photos George! Sure looks like you had a great time!ReplyDelete
Actually it was Don that was away railfanning...guess we need to add that to the post today...George