I’ve been doing a weekly railroad night with some of my friends since I started my current job where I work from home. Usually my group of friends go to someone’s house and works on modeling projects, but sometimes we head out railfanning. With the weather turning nice, I think that’s going to happen more often.
I’ve long enjoyed railfanning at night. Usually the pictures don’t turn out that great, but it’s fun to just hang out and see things you might not otherwise see. Occasionally you get lucky and something stops long enough for you to get a photo. I did just that in May of 2014 at the Martin State Airport MARC station.
MARC has gotten rid of almost all of their once ubiquitous GP40WH-2s (you know, the things that look like a GP40 fell asleep in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab next to an SD45 and a FP45). That’s why, a few days ago, I was very excited to capture one leading a Baltimore bound train. The lighting was bad (shooting eastbounds in the evening at Bush St is tough), but I’m happy with the way it turned out.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is Amtrak’s busiest day. In order to meet the peak demand that returning holiday travelers creates Amtrak borrows equipment from various commuter agencies. This creates some incredibly rare catches. I went out to catch the action.