Out and about in KCMO area

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Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Good shot of the switcher. Not very many class I railroads use stock switch engines anymore but prefer to employ old high horsepower road units instead.
 

njurgensen

Railfanning Meteorologist
Happy National Train Day [Weekend}

Good shot of the switcher. Not very many class I railroads use stock switch engines anymore but prefer to employ old high horsepower road units instead.
Thanks Bill! It's a frequent in the area and you can usually find it somewhere in town.

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Happy (belated) National Train Day, everyone. Hope you all were able to get out and see something moving along the rails.

While waiting for storms to initiate on a storm chase, an EB stack departs Pratt, KS.
26898471462_3e1d1b776e_c.jpgNathan Jurgensen

A WB auto navigates a lengthy s-curve north of downtown Olathe, KS.
27037549735_322bdb8238_c.jpgNathan Jurgensen
 
Leave the dumpster, paint it a different shade of blue...

...I thought the big blue garbage dumpster next to the old depot... distracting.
The other thing that works pretty well with brightly-colored objects that don't belong is to change their color. Photoshop has a "Color Replacement Brush" which can be loaded with a less-garish color from the subject and changing the offender to that color.

I tried it with one of the blue-gray colors from the side of the station building, and while the dumpster was still there, it stopped being the focal point. Hint: Set the brush to about 70-80% flow so the original texture of the object is preserved along with its shading. Since it was still a shade of blue, I didn't feel too dishonest.
 

njurgensen

Railfanning Meteorologist
I still haven't seen that "wedge" in person.

Nice photos as usual Nathan.
Late reply, thanks Brad!

Just one today. Chased the 844 as it departed town this morning. Got a few different shots from a few locations but left editing the other sites for later. For now, here she is as she exits Independence, MO.

29759942444_f56a63b7cd_c.jpgUP 844 by Nathan Jurgensen

I'm already planning out sites for her return to town via the Cherokee Sub next week. Hope to have some video then too.
 

njurgensen

Railfanning Meteorologist
The delay coming up the Coffeyville Sub on Thursday wrecked havoc on my plans, so the day turned into a "see what you can find along the way."

30365516340_9578340ab3_c.jpgOn The Road Again by Nathan Jurgensen

Then the day it spent on display at Union Station. I waited for the crowds to die down Friday evening before heading up to see it.

30589411581_0b60d75ccb_c.jpgWelcome by Nathan Jurgensen

Then to catch it leaving town on Saturday between Topeka and KC. Had to edit a car out that was pacing it on a farm access road.

30365513010_db1b6a1a56_c.jpgPacing by Nathan Jurgensen

Just glad to see its trip through the area was well documented by a lot of people!
 

redlynx

Member
These old steam engines are fascinating beasts indeed! Good pictures!

Not sure where else to ask this, but what is the function of the "elephant ears" on the sides of the front end? I've seen them an a lot of engines, even Chinese, Russian, and European. (I personally think the old engines look a lot better without these attachments.)
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
These old steam engines are fascinating beasts indeed! Good pictures!

Not sure where else to ask this, but what is the function of the "elephant ears" on the sides of the front end? I've seen them an a lot of engines, even Chinese, Russian, and European. (I personally think the old engines look a lot better without these attachments.)
The elephant ears were designed to keep smoke from wrapping back into the cab of the engine and passenger cars before the advent of air conditioning. I don't know how effective they were as not many steam engines had them in the US.
 




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