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Registered: August 2010
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The gorgeous J class 611 speeding past the old Markham Station this morning, on one of it's new scheduled trip around Va. Even her whistle is melodious, unlike the screech of the modern diesel. $100, (coach), $199 (first class) and $250 (observation deck). A bargain to travel on the last steam train to carry passengers, back in the '50s.
· Date: Sun June 7, 2015 · Views: 530 · Tags: 1 ·
Keywords: J611, Norfolk_and_Western, Markham_Va, Fauquier
Camera Make / Model: D7000
Lens Make / Focal Length: Tokina 12-24mm f4
State / County / Area Image Taken: Northern Virginia
Country Image Taken
United States of America
Processing Software Applications Used
CS6, Nik HDR Efex Pro

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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,710
Sun June 7, 2015 1:19am

On the train site I go to daily there were 8 pictures of the N&W Class J 611 posted today and there seemed to be crowds at every crossing or other vantage point, to see this magnificent steam engine run once again. I think that you have a most striking image with the train moving away from your position and free of people (all the other pictures I saw today of the train had throngs of people and they almost became the story rather than the train itself).

I further like the reflective nature of the train, the inclusion of the smoke and the sense of movement and energy that is evoked by the perspective that you were able to get in your shot.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Mon June 8, 2015 2:03am

I can only imagine from your description, the thrill of the ride on this old steam train. Of the two you submitted, I like this one the best as it gives a glimpse of the engineers in the engine car and the old station as it passes. Lots of good preparation taking this shot. Well done!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Mon June 8, 2015 2:47pm

That's a very stylish steam train pictured from a good angle. It has a slightly HDR look to me, as if needing some blacks restored on this shadowed side regardless of the loss of some lightened details.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,831
Tue June 9, 2015 6:14am

Such a pity we don't have a whole island passenger service instead of isolated tourist type tracks. Great shot Gillie,

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 175
Tue June 9, 2015 2:00pm

There is something about steam trains that seem to pull a chord with the old and even the young Gillie. Such a fine shot at a perfect angle with processing that takes you back to those times.

Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Tue June 9, 2015 8:31pm

I'm delighted to see that these old steam engines are running in other places than the UK. Your shot showing the Engine from this great location is superb I prefer it to the other shot). So glad you have shared this with us Gillie!

Registered: April 2009
Posts: 1,415
Wed June 10, 2015 7:40am

Hi Gillie, great shot of this fantastic train.
Nice perspective / viewpoint and as jan says you have managed to keep the image free of people that would only distract.
Nice one
yashica boy

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 322
Sat June 13, 2015 11:29am

Cracking train image I like the angle from which you have taken this shot it looks like it's doing the ton! there's something about the stream liners that is special I went to see the A4's at York and they all looked like they were moving and every thing else was standing still
Best regards

Richard G

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