Working the elevator track

Discussion in 'General' started by Kermit, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Kermit

    Kermit Member

    The local switcher is shown working the elevator track. The photo was taken on my home layout. The locomotive is a Kato NW2 with custom paint and DCC installed.

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  2. rcmck

    rcmck Member Supporter

    Very cool Kermit !! :cool:

    An awesome modeling job. Which leads me to the question: Can we see some more pics of the layout?

    Thank you for the post!

    Bob McKeighan
    Just down the street from the site of the Frisco Convention ... Lenexa, KS
    On the good old SLSF
  3. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Supporter

    Very good job, Kermit. However, you'd better warn the switchman to not foul the track or he is in jeopardy of discipline. How the railroads expect a crew man to cross a track without fouling it was something I never figured out. Keep up the good work. Terry
  4. Kermit

    Kermit Member

    Rcmck: I'll try to post some more photos when I get time to take some. I''ve discovered it takes fair amount of time to set up and experiment with lighting, camera settings, etc. I'm going to have to consult with a friend who is a photographer about how to get a clear photo from front to back and depth of field. It's in the f stops I believe, but he'll square me away. Thanks to everyone for the kind words! |-|
  5. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Kermit, That is a nice looking scene there. The NW2 looks great also.
  6. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Kermit, great photo. The secret to getting more in focus from front to rear is in depth of field which is controlled by f stop setting. To get a greater depth of field, choose a higher f stop. The closer the aperture is to a pinhole, the more stuff will be in focus. Of course, when you "stop down" the lens, a longer exposure time is necessary, making good, even lighting and most likely a tripod, necessities.
  7. Frisco2008

    Frisco2008 Member Supporter

  8. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    WOW, What a find. Great film!
    I have heard of "poleing", but this is something new. :eek:

    Wish they had spent a few more seconds showing the installation of the grain door. :mad:
  9. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Supporter

  10. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Great Video,
    Never had that good of luck with a pinch bar, of course we were trying to go a little up hill with the car, those pinch bars will work you to a sweat if you let them:)
    I enjoyed seeing all the old stuff. Especially that old engine that was started and used to power the bucket belt that elevated the grain. Watching him start it up and set the oil flow for the tappets and all, just really great stuff.
    Back when things were made to last.
    Thousands of those elevators across this continent made up thousands of trains and allot of work for people.
    Nowadays if you can't put together a unit train the RR's don't even want to talk to ya it seems.
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  11. Kermit

    Kermit Member

    I really enjoyed the video. The type of activity shown in the video is why I love granger railroading. When I was a kid my folks vacationed a lot in Colorado. My dad would usually time our trip during the wheat harvest in Kansas. We usually would stop and spend the night in Goodland, KS. After we got checked into the motel I was allowed to visit the Rock Island railroad yard and check out the grain elevators. I was fascinated by it all. This is why I've always had a love affair with the Rock Island, and why their trains also appear on my layout a lot. The Rock Island to me was western Kansas and the wheat harvest. :)

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