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#264973 Sister Sister

Posted by LightMeter on 22 February 2021 - 10:23 PM

The 2nd image is a crop so you can read the dates.

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#264972 Upgrading my system.

Posted by LightMeter on 22 February 2021 - 03:39 PM

After being delayed 4 days due to the winter storm, the B&H package arrived. The wireless mouse is nice, no more cord in the way. And the new card reader is fast! Fastest l could get with the old reader is 20mb per second. The new card reader can do 80. Next month l'll put the computer in the shop and get the upgrades done.

#264969 For rail enthusiasts...

Posted by LightMeter on 21 February 2021 - 02:36 PM

Thanks Peter. Steam is nice, but l prefer diesels.

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#264961 Upgrading my system.

Posted by LightMeter on 13 February 2021 - 05:37 PM

l'm about to order a faster card reader and wireless mouse from B&H. When we get our tax refund, l'm going to put this desktop in the shop. Going to get Windows 8.1 replaced with Windows 10. And up the RAM from 4gb to 12 or maybe 16. The D7100 does not have a smaller pixel size RAW option like some of the Canons. And those huge files slow everything down. Hopefully the new card reader and more RAM will speed things up.

#264959 I saw this locomotive in a video

Posted by LightMeter on 11 February 2021 - 06:58 PM

ln 2006 l got pics of these helper locos near Crawford Hill Nebraska. They connect to the rear of heavy coal trains and shove them up Crawford Hill. Then they go back down for their next assignment. ln a recently purchased train DVD, l saw the green loco #9283 in it. ln the video it was filmed in 1991 when it was new. According to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe roster, it's still on the roster and in use.

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#264956 Down the pipeline

Posted by LightMeter on 09 February 2021 - 07:49 PM

l went for a mini photo walk on the pipeline by our apartment complex. lt was nice of someone to put a chair there, but l wouldn't sit in it. Probably still wet from Sunday's rain.

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#264955 On the clock

Posted by LightMeter on 09 February 2021 - 07:02 PM

These guys are doing exterior work on our apartment complex.

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#264950 Old locomotive in service

Posted by LightMeter on 07 February 2021 - 12:44 AM

This General Motors EMD GP-30 locomotive was built in the mid 60s. Photo was taken in 2008. lt's probably retired by now. And 2452 was available in an HO scale model :)

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#264948 40 years ago...now 50

Posted by LightMeter on 04 February 2021 - 03:19 PM

Nice series, Bill.


We're so close to the Canada - US border that Burlington Northern is a pretty common sight around here.  :)  

Yes i'm sure you have seen many BNSF trains in Canada. ln 1995 Burlington Northern merged with Santa Fe to form the Burlington Northern Santa Fe-BNSF. ln 2001 BNSF was supposed to merge with Canadian National, but it never happened.

#264944 40 years ago...now 50

Posted by LightMeter on 03 February 2021 - 06:41 PM

The Northern Pacific merged with 3 other railroads in 1970 to form the Burlington Nothern RR. So when l took this pic in 2010 the boxcar had been painted at least 40 years before then. Now it's 50+ years. On Google Maps street view l see it's still next to the grain elevators. Wonder how long it's been parked there in Saginaw Texas?

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#264928 Tree bark

Posted by LightMeter on 19 January 2021 - 01:25 AM

D50, 60 2.8D Micro

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#264919 Old motocross photos

Posted by LightMeter on 09 January 2021 - 04:44 PM

l was looking through some old ones l took in the film era about 15-20 years ago.

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#264915 Painted over 50 years ago

Posted by LightMeter on 07 January 2021 - 11:51 PM

Look what l caught on one of Virtual Railfan's live railcams on Youtube! ln March 1970, the Great Northern Railway merged with 3 other railroads to become the Burlington Northern RR. Great Northern went to the sky blue color in 1967. So the freight car was painted between 1967 and 1970. The last time l saw a GN freight car in service was about 2001. Never thought l'd see one again. The last image is a model showing what the paint scheme looked like.

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#264896 Happy New Year

Posted by LightMeter on 31 December 2020 - 04:36 PM

At this hour about half the world has already moved into 2021. Happy New Year PN members!

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#264895 Got a new battery for D7100.

Posted by LightMeter on 31 December 2020 - 04:26 PM

The 2 batteries l have still have decent battery life, but are almost 7 years old. So l got a EN-EL15b from B&H. The 2 old batteries will still serve as extras when l'm on a photo outing. l thought about getting an off brand for about half the price, but figured it's better to get a genuine Nikon battery.