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261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Mark D » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:04 pm

Wondering if anyone is thinking of chasing 261 when it goes west from the Twin Cities a week from this Saturday?
It's an easy route to follow via car, with a a fair amount of side by side running and trestles over the highway in several locations. Should make for good photo's and good video. Trip is sold out.
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Fitz » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:26 pm

Mark, are you part of the crew for this trip?
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Brent A » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:37 pm

Hi Fitz,
It's very likely I'll be feeding the Alemite gun for Mark on Saturday and Sunday.
It's pretty rare for either of us to miss a trip.

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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Mark D » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:12 am

Yeah, I'll be there. Wouldn't miss it. Boylston, too. We'll miss you, though, Fitz. You really should be here too.
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Mark D » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:59 pm

Well, I'm not surprised nobody posted photo's of 261 last weekend. It doesn't seem to have the big draw that some of the other big steam engines have.
But I thought maybe someone from here might have chased as far as at least Maple Plain, or something.
Anyway, no matter. WE had fun anyway, and that counts first in my point of view.
We happened to stop to grease the rods in my home town. I did see one friendly familiar face in the crowd of local people that surrounded the area. I waved. No time to be talking.
Everyting went well. The more adventurous chaser could have gotten some great photo's of the engine being turned on the wye in Willmar. That's only the third time it's been turned there, and each time is the last time.
I was in the cab at that point, and forgot all about photo's because I had work to do.

The trip to Boylston went off without a hitch too. Rebuilt as new, 261 was up to its reliable old self and never gave us any sort of argument. It was a bit of a long haul for one day, but within the do-able range. The colors on the trees were stunning on Sunday. The sun was out and very bright, so the colors were almost luminescent looking. Calander quality photo's were certainly achieved by a lot of the passengers. I never took any photo's of that, either. Never thought about it. Instead, I was just playing with my eyes, noting that the colors looked a bit more vivid than if I only looked with my right eye. Interesting. Next time my wife asks me which of these (whatever) looks better, I'll look at it with only my left eye.
She'll probably think I'm winking at her...
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Fitz » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:52 pm

Kevin Sadowski posted three photos over on Trainboard. Nice fall colors, as you said, Mark, and 261 looks great. Sounds like you had a super trip.
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby alco636 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:48 pm

I was at Cedar Creek north of Andover on Sunday. Scored a great sunlit photo crossing over the creek. No internet to post photos with at this time. She looked great, as did the train. Great work all!

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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby tom c » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:39 pm

Plenty of photos on the Facebook page for 261.

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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Mark D » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Can't do facebook. Sucks to be me.
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Charles T. McCullough » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:23 pm

Mark D wrote:Can't do facebook. Sucks to be me.
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Personally, I sing praises to God that I don't do Facebook. Even if it means I don't see photos of steam engines that get posted to it.
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby alco636 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:55 pm

I love being on Facebook! Sharing old and new photos, news, astronomy, politics, religions, etc., etc. Met some great people, lost a few friends along the way. Plus the train stuff is ok!

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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Mark D » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:10 pm

I won't get into the issues with things likd facebook, but suffice to say yes, I could get on there with someone elses computer. I did actually try to get on once upon a time. It was only so I could post some comments on the facebook page of a political figure of whom I actually have great respect. But when they wouldn't let me get any farther with registration without providing a CELL PHONE number (not just any phone number) I balked. Yes, I had to verify a secret decoder ring sort of thing by entering something that they would only text to a cell phone. "Screw you", I thought. "I don't need you".
Besides, my dial-up connection is a bit slow for naviating through the labyrinth of pages I'd have to get through to see some greatly reduced photo's that in truth I can live without.

I guess that pretty well explains my thinking on facebook. :-)
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby SOO2719 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:12 pm

You guys were stopping traffic on Highway 12 in Orono at Old Crystal Bay while the train was on its way west last Saturday, Mark. :D
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby alco636 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:49 pm

Here's my shot of the 261 rolling north across Cedar Creek. Sunday 10.13.2013.
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Re: 261 Heading West Sat. Oct 12

Postby Mark D » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:54 am

So, Tony, does that mean you were chasing?
I'm wondering why traffic was stopping when we were moving?
Did you get some photo's? I tried your website, but didn't find anything. Had been hoping to see a photo of the choo choo running along that new stretch of track west of Wayzata, along that new bypass area. Last time 261 went west that new bypass was like brand new, but have seen no photo's.

Al, tha'ts a great photo. The sun was just right. I guess if the engine had been washed it might have been too shiny for the picture. It had two full nights and a full day of time to build up grime, and it had some.
Did you get photo's of the cars too? Those colors look great in sunlight.

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