Monday, January 30, 2006

Fallen Flags

The Grand Trunk Western Blue locomotives are going fast into retirement.

Here is GTW 5937 bringing up the rear in the power department on CN train 384 heading north on the MT. Clemens Sub. The train is heading towards Port Huron, Michgan. The bridge is over the Pine River in Kimball Twp, MI.

Another shot of 5937, bringing up the rear again, on CN train # 385 crossing Smiths Creek Rd. at Smith Creek, MI. on the Mt. Clemens Sub. This photo was taken in the raw winter storm of 14 January 2004. This year, January has been like March or April... 52 degrees yesterday. Snow, what's that? So much for wabbit hunting!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

No Ice on Lake Huron

Can you believe that this is the middle of January 2006, and there is no ice on Lake Huron or in the St. Clair River floating down? Global Warming? Anyway, here the Merchant Ship Reserve heads out from under the Blue Water Bridge north into Lake Huron. Looks like a long shipping season this year with the ice not forming.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Amtrak's Bluewater at Port Huron, Mi

Amtrak's Bluewater shortly after its arrival. I got tired of waiting for the train, and went and shot the lights on the St. Clair River. Here is the The Bluewater idling looking west; the station is in the back ground, to the left of the train.

The other Photo is the Bluewater Bridge. Canada on the right, and the US on the left.


CN Police at Port Huron

It is 1020 p.m. and the CN Police car sits aside a car scanner using its lights to aid in searching the train for anything out side of the norm. The temperature is 25 degrees and the wind is blowing at 15 mph from the north. My fingers were numb waiting for trains to shoot on my Nikon D70, so I would tuck in and out of the truck to keep warm.


Monday, January 09, 2006

Third Place Award

This photo took 3rd place in the Selfridge ANGB 2005 Photo Contest. This was taken at the Steam Railroading Institute's Grand Opening. Slide 35mm film on a rather gloomy day. I shot both digital and film that day. It was tough light and high grey clouds most of the day. It rained all the way there, so at least that had stopped by the time I got there.

The Steam Railroading Institute operates this loco on excursions almost every year. It was the model loco for the movie Polar Express. They are locoated in Owosso, Mi.

Pere Marquette 1209

Pere Marquette Berkshire # 1209 waits for its next assignment on a bitter cold December evening in 1945. The Hostler has pulled it from the roundhouse and it sits on the loco ready track waiting for the crew to board. The night will be bright with the full moon already in the night sky.

The photo was taken on my now dismantled Pere Marquette Almont layout. Yes, this is a model and so is the building. The camera used was a Nikon D70. I merged two photos, one of the night skyline by my home. Edited with Paint Shop Pro.

PM #1209 was the actual loco number in the PM roster. I lettered and decaled it with that number to honor my Mom's birthday, December 9th, 1932 (1209). She is now 73 y/o and doing good; her mom, my g-ma, is 99 and doing well living with my mom.

My Pere Marquette Model Railroad

PM train #HP-34 heads through Memphis, Michigan heading for Port Huron, Mi. This photo was a composite edit of two photos merged together using Paint Shop Pro. My layout is no longer in operation and as of today all trains have been removed and 98% of the track is now gone.

My new layout will be based on the PM again with operations on the now long abandoned Pere Marquette R.R. Almont Branch Line.