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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Some More EX-UP units en route for NBSR

This past Wednesday, I was told that the last two Ex-Union Pacific units for the New Brunswick Southern Railway were on route from Moncton to Saint John, NB on CN 406. I decided to venture out to get a shot of them while on break from work.

I set up and waited. At around 16:00AST, CN 406 heads by with CN 5723 & CN 2280 with the two units in tow.

When I arrived home from work, I discovered that the train had not departed Saint John yet to head back. I decided to go out and catch them leaving. At around 19:00AST, CN 406 is eastbound through the same spot (Rothesay, NB) with a decent size train.

Not bad for a regular Wednesday.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Picture In Picture Video

A few months ago, I bought a new HD digital camcorder. The main reason for buying a new one was because I wasn't impressed with the low light quality that my other HD camera was offering.

I do have my other one for sale, but for the time being, I've decided to try and do some picture in picture videos (ie PiP). It involves setting up both cameras and tripods, and recording the train with both, and having a smaller version of one of the shots on screen with the main shot. Of course, that's how I'm doing it.

Yesterday, Saturday, I decided to venture out on a muggy afternoon to try and catch CN 406 westbound. Due to the heat, they had a 25mph speed restriction, which added an hour on to the trip. At around 16:20AST, CN 406 is westbound through Rothesay, New Brunswick. This is mile 78.46 of the CN Sussex Subdivision, a few miles outside of Saint John, NB.

As you can see, I have a bit more of an improvement to do when it comes to the picture in picture. I should have angled the zoom in shot more to the center of the train, so it wouldn't have gotten cut off of the zoom in.

Oh well, just another thing to remember for next time.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Well, it's been awhile since I've last posted anything. I've spent the last 3 weeks packing, as I was moving to another place. Although I was still able to get out and get some railway shots, my time spent online dropped down a bit, hence why I didn't have the blog at the top of the list.

I should be updating the blog over the next few days.