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Do you do any Night Railroad Photography?

  • Yes, I do shoot night shots

    Votes: 31 73.8%
  • No, I don't care for it

    Votes: 1 2.4%
  • No, I don't have the Equipment

    Votes: 4 9.5%
  • No, I don't know how to do it

    Votes: 6 14.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 3 7.1%

  • Total voters


Active Member
Anyone do any Night Railroad Photography? I wish I could find time to do more but it just never seems to work out. May be when it starts getting darker earlier. I have a blast doing it and you can get some really cool photos.

From this past spring:


Yep I take night shots

I shot this one a while back at Brooklyn yard in Portland. I used a few flash bulbs to light it up. Came out better than I thought it would.



Fallbridge Sub MP 118.6
Nice images everyone.

It was almost night time when I snapped these a couple of months ago in Maryhill, WA.


In places where it really dark at night, like South Bend NE, the only lights that are there are the crossing lights when the train comes.
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Active Member
Night photography opens a whole different world and presents some fun challenges. I enjoy shooting at night. Examples of my night work can be founnd here.


5th Generation Texian
I like seeing others' work but as far as doing myself it just doesn't push the right buttons.


Son of a Conrail fan
I shoot night shots, but it is also something I desperatly need to work on right now. I am not at the point to pull off something really eye pleasing right now, as I know I need to work on this aspect.

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
For those of you who live in areas with passenger trains powered by the new Siemens Challenger engines, I suggest you take a few night photos of these diesels. The engine compartments are lighted and can be seen through the large grills on the side. To see what I mean, check out my photos of 3-31-18 of the Seattle-Vancouver Cascade on post #968 of the Pity Mile Post 17 thread:


Engineering Student

Here's a long exposure I took of a Siemens Charger locomotive at Crockett, CA. The LED headlights are super bright, and light everything up as the train approaches.

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
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