October 1, 2015 – Norfolk Southern’s 9571 heads up the American Association of Private Railway Car Owners passenger train special…

October 1, 2015 – Norfolk Southern’s 9571 heads up the American Association of Private Railway Car Owners passenger train special with AMTRAK engines 156 and 154, as it heads west through Hatfield Junction just east of Oakland City, Indiana. The train left Louisville on the former Southern Railway’s St. Louis line and crossed the Ohio River, traveling through scenic southern Indiana and Illinois arriving at their convention destination in St. Louis, Missouri. – Tech Info: 1/400sec | f/5 | ISO 320 | Lens: Sigma 24-70 @ 32mm with a Nikon D800 shot and processed in RAW.

August 1, 2004 – Ohio Central (ex Grand Trunk Western) 4-8-4 #6325…

August 1, 2004 – Ohio Central (ex Grand Trunk Western) 4-8-4 #6325 is running at track speed on one of several excursions run in conjunction with the Dennison, Ohio Railfest in 2004. This shot was made on one of the runs north from the Railfest site in Dennison. 

December 9, 2017 – Amtrak train 391, the Saluki…

December 9, 2017 – Amtrak train 391, the Saluki, sits at the station in Carbondale, Illinois after returning from Chicago with a load of passengers with Amtrak 52 leading. This train is usually single level equipment but due to the Polar Express train in Chicago running during the holidays this train was robbed of its single level cars.

Pennsylvania 5809 passenger train at Dennison, Ohio

July 31, 20114 – A pair of E8s, with 5809 leading, in beautiful Pennsylvania RR maroon and gold paint pulled a private car passenger train from Philadelphia to Dennison, Ohio during the Dennison Railroad Museum’s 2004 Railfest. The event was in cooperation with the Ohio Central Railroad, as the museum celebrated its 15th Anniversary. It was billed as the largest railroad heritage event of 2004. It ran from July 30 to August 1, 2004. Many of the locomotives featured during the event are owned by the Ohio Central Railroad. The Ohio Central provides full-time freight railroad services and also offers passenger excursions powered by vintage equipment.

CTA Holiday Train at Cumberland Station bound for O’Hare, Chicago, IL

December 8, 2017 – The motorman and his elves on Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) “Holiday Train,” Santa’s Express, keep a watchful eye as passengers come and go from the train at the Cumberland CTA Station on the Blue Line in Chicago, Illinois, before their last stop of the day at O’Hare International Airport.

Blue Line MTA 2966 toward Forrest Park pulls in at the Damen Station, Chicago, IL

December 8, 2017 – Heading into the S curve at the Damen Interlocking, a Blue Line train actually bound for Forest Park, but the operator forgot to change the sign, pulls into the Damen Avenue Station in Chicago, Illinois in the cold late afternoon.

Amtrak train 360, the Saluki, pulls into the station at Carbondale, Illinois

December 6, 2017 – Amtrak train 360, the Saluki, pulls into the station at Carbondale, Illinois with a relatively new Siemens Charger SC-44 locomotive 4618 as power for the trip to Chicago.The SC-44 came off the assembly line on November 16, 2017.

Planes, Trains, and …. Southern steam locomotives

September 9, 2017 – Planes, Trains, and …. Southern steam locomotives 630 and 4501 sit at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, TN as they prepare for the first run of the day at their 2017 Railfest, as a plane takes off over them to parts unknown, as early railfans work to get their “perfect shots” of the newly arrived locomotives.

630 exiting Missionary Ridge Tunnel, East Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern Railway steam locomotive 630 bursts from the east end of Missionary Ridge Tunnel with a loaded passenger train during the 2017 Railfest at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, as it heads for the station at East Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Completed in 1858 the tunnel is the primary reason TVRM runs on the three-mile section of the former Southern Railway. As railroad equipment grew too large to pass through and the single-track tunnel became a traffic jam for an otherwise double-track railroad, Southern Railway abandoned the three mile portion of the line and built a new section around the end of Missionary Ridge, avoiding the tunnel altogether.

The museum restored rails through the tunnel in 1971 and continues to use the pre-Civil War Tunnel on a daily basis.

Southern Railway steam 4501 westbound to Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – In the quietness of the early morning the sound of the approaching steam locomotive is heard before it can be seen. Anticipation builds as Southern Railways 4501 pulls into view with a loaded passenger train west, around a sweeping curve, on the return trip to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at Chattanooga, TN during 2017 Railfest.

2017 Railfest Operations at Chattanooga, TN

2017 Railfest, Chattanooga, TN – I’m often torn when I decide to shoot video trackside, because I invariably hate “missing” a good photograph, but Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s Railfest lended itself so well to video that I made an effort to get some footage using my iPhone 7 Plus. The below, slightly over 13 minute, video is a bit longer than I normally do, but I think it flows pretty good and I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse into the event.

It’s a selection of videos from the 2017 Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Railfest Operations, Chattanooga, Tennessee of Steam and Diesel operations around the museum and between Chattanooga and East Chattanooga.

Southern Railway steam locomotive 630 at Missionary Ridge Tunnel , Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern Railway steam locomotive 630 heads into the west end of Missionary Ridge Tunnel with a loaded passenger train during the 2017 Railfest at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, as it heads for the station at East Chattanooga, Tennessee. By the way, I love long lenses!!!

Completed in 1858 the tunnel is the primary reason TVRM runs on the three-mile section of the former Southern Railway. As railroad equipment grew too large to pass through and the single-track tunnel became a traffic jam for an otherwise double-track railroad, Southern Railway abandoned the three mile portion of the line and built a new section around the end of Missionary Ridge, avoiding the tunnel altogether.

The museum restored rails through the tunnel in 1971 and continues to use the pre-Civil War Tunnel on a daily basis.

Southern diesels 2594, 3170 at the Chickamauga Creek bridge, Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern diesels 2594, 3170 and 5000 (not pictured) move east across the Chickamauga Creek bridge at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, as they are positioned in place for a night photoshoot during the museum’s 2017 Railfest in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This was the first night rail photoshoot that I have participated in, other than my own that is, and really had a fun time! Casey Thomason, with the NS Railroad did a wonderful time lighting the event for us and a big shout out to the museum for putting it on! Hope to see more events like it in the future!

This shot actually was a 30 second long exposure. The two engines sat on the bridge just long enough into the exposure before they started to move forward, giving me just a tad of motion blur. Wasn’t planned on my part at all, but I’m very happy with the results! Sometimes life just works that way!

Southern 630 & 4501 at bridge during Railfest, Chattanooga, TN

September 9, 2017 – Southern 630 and 4501 pull and empty passenger train over the bridge just outside the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at Chattanooga, Tennessee during the first morning of the museum’s 2017 Railfest.