I’ve been doing a lot of videography lately, and a lot of drone work. Here is a fun example of both, using the drone to film combines harvesting wheat ahead of an approaching storm. The clouds caused it to get dark early, but the camera on my drone did a pretty good job of keeping the details.
After the trip through the Carolinas, the N&W #611 ran some of the old routes that it had back in the day. One was the original route for the Powhatan Arrow, the other was an original route for the Pelican. Here is video footage from those trips.
The N&W #611 took a excursion trip to Asheville, NC from Spencer, NC. The weather was excellent…very chilly starting out, which makes for some great smoke from the locomotive, but sunny and clear most of the day. Unfortunately, a front came in over the mountains for the return, but the footage was still great!
I made another trip to the Indian Creek trestle near Crouse, NC, and caught another freight heading south into Charlotte at dusk. Again, these are all images you can’t get from the ground…way too much brush.
After being sick and then a lot of bad weather, finally got to get my drone out for some test flights. I’ve always liked this trestle over Indian Creek near Crouse, NC, but it is not good at all for a ground shot, too much brush. However, it’s picture perfect for an aerial shot…or video.
Spent quite a bit of time scanning in new stuff for my collection on the transportation galleries. One really interesting photo was this of a northbound train from St. Louis in 1911 in Elsberry, Mo. 100 years has passed since this train left the station. Quite a bit of new stuff here! Over 20 pages of new photos in the railroad collection (number at lower right of the page). And more on the way! Still have probably another 200 photos & slides to scan.
Quite a few photos uploaded, and some really interesting stuff. This photo is of a grove of pine trees near my home, it was very interesting how the fog and sun conspired to make an extremely interesting scene. Probably one of my favorite shots from this year. Some others of note can be found here!
I love taking photos of fall, it’s probably my favorite time of year. Since I grew up in an agricultural area, combines and harvesting always grab my interest. Here’s some of my better captures this fall of combines combined with late evening sun…or early morning.
Luckily, the North Carolina Transportation Museum is the location that the 611 has maintenance performed until they set up shop at its home in Virginia, so we got to see 611 twice in a month! It spent Fathers day at Spencer, then headed back north on the first of July to be ready for the 4th of July activities. Here it is travelling between Spencer, NC and Roanoke, it used the old Virginian route out of Hurt VA to get to Roanoke. Click on this gallery to see all the photos, and the video is here.
The 65 year old Norfolk & Western J-class 4-8-4 steam locomotive has not run on the rails since December, 1994. However, after a massive rebuild at the shops in Spencer, NC, the #611 hit the mainline again on May 15th for a shakedown. The weather was cold and rainy, but the day turned out great as the smoke flew! Click on this gallery to see all the photos, and the video is here.