Wednesday, May 19, 2010

VBR&S Photo Backdrop Installation has begun

Here are a couple of really quick non professional type photos of the first area on the VBR&S to receive photo backdrops.
This is the north end of Monroe Yard. There will eventually be a tree line from track level in front of the photo backdrop, but even this looks better than the blue sky by itself.
From the Monroe Depot looking northwest. The highest mountain visible is High Peak which is actually visible from the real Monroe Yard site.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Photo ops at Ops session

While my operators were running the VBR&S April 18th, I found some interesting photo ops. Here are the shots.
A Trailways bus has pulled up to Kemper Street Station in Lynchburg with a group for the train.
At Monroe Yard an SW is working hard shoving freight cars.
In Piney River, VA we find ole #7 tied onto #2...the lone VBR caboose.
At Main Street Station in Charlottesville a Greyhound bus has a group for the train. It must be a nice spring day to take a tain ride.
Over at the C&O yard in Charlottesville, we catch up to a Geep and a C&O cab.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Railfanning Monroe in 1956

We arrive around noon at Monroe, VA's depot.
The yard is full of cars, and we get permission to take photos.
If the yardmaster knew we were up on the roof of the LCL freight house he'd probably.....not care. After all this was not a time that the railroad worried about being sued by railfans for being careless. We get a good shot of two freights chortling away near the depot. The southbound on the far track has just arrived from Charlottesville, and the nearer one is ready to head north.
From the north side of the depot another look at the northbound,
and a look south along the mainline.
Here's closeup of the lead RS3.

With an op session coming up, I thought this would be a good way to get everyone ready. The trains are where we left them last time, and our intrepid railfans have taken their pictures. Now lets move some trains!

Since the signals are finished, and I have to wait for spring to begin taking the pictures for the photo back drop, I've spent the last month or so giving Monroe Yard some rock treatment. I'm sure with spring coming some weeds are sure to start growing there too.