As you have already read I went out on an "expedition" last Friday, Good Friday, to the area between Springfield and Mountain Grove, Missouri on US Highway 60 which follows the Springfield-Memphis mainline of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, formerly the Burlington Northern, formerly the Frisco Railroad. This is a line that is dominated by coal and container trains. The first train I came across turned out to be a general freight, which is almost a rare sight. The day was miserable, gray and had a very heavy mist. I was anxious to take some shots. This scene is near Seymour, Missouri where I was able to get ahead of the eastbound train to a close crossing. This train was sitting on a siding waiting for another train headed westbound.
I shot from both sides of the train, looking for unique angles and moody effects with the mist. I was pleased with the top shot which was a more unusual angle and seems to be of an approaching train from straight on. One thing to remember is you want to always be alert as you never know when another train can sneak up on you.
From the other side you get a rather ordinary shot, this one only being different from most "normal" train shots by the heavy mist or fog which sends the end of the train into obscurity.
From here I drove on into Seymour to get a late breakfast at McDonalds. I took my Egg McMuffin, hashbrowns and coffee and drove on to Cedar Gap. On the way I passed the Westbound coal train my freight was waiting for so I knew my eastbound would be coming along soon.
The small town of Cedar Gap is very small. It has a saw mill, a post office and a few houses. I drove down to the first crossing found a parking spot near a Missouri Department of Conservation site and set up my camera on a knoll overlooking the tracks. Then the best part of train chasing took place. In the light mist, and the cold wind I settled down to enjoy that Egg McMuffin, hashbrown and coffee. That was the best cup of coffee on a cold morning. I soon heard the diesel's horn in the distance. The action I was waiting for was about to happen.
The small knoll was a great place to shoot from. It gave me a more elevated position to shoot from than normal which makes your picture just a little different than normal. The train was moving fast now and I was able to squeeze off about twenty shots using continuous focus. This was my favorite of the bunch that I took here.
From here I went on into Mansfield and then on to Mountain Grove. A few more opportunities came up to shoot and then it got quiet toward mid/late morning so I drove back to Springfield. It was fun to be out in the mist and wind. There is nothing quite like the sound of a train and the places your imagination can take you with it.
This post is dedicated to Larry Schmidt, husband of my blogging friend Lori who passed away this past Monday morning. Larry and Lori love horses, the best I can give them are iron horses. Lori, my prayers are with you.