1st Train of the New Year

The temperature of 7°F was quite nice this morning. No wind, just a nice cold winter morning in January west of Port Huron, MI on the GTW (CN) Flint Subdivision. A west bound train's headlights caught my eye as I crossed a crossing far west of it so I turned around and fired up the ole Nikon D70 for some quick shots of a departing CN train heading out of Tunnel Yard. I have not had much time to photograph trains lately, one- the Christmas Holiday, two- I was sick over a week, and three- no snow for winter scenes.

Most westbound trains start slow and will eventually make speeds up to 60 mph further west. Amtrak's trains highball rather fast here once they clear the West Tappen siding switch. The Flint line heads west north west out of Port Huron untill Lapeer, there it turns more west than north, then at Flint it head west south west for Lansing, MI.

Snow really makes the scene jump out at times, especially with a bright blue sky. Then there is the black and white edits.

Now to shoot some open field crossing shots in the days to come hopefully.

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