Aug 16, 2019
70 MPH on flat land! Wow, that had to be a site to see. Thanks for posting this Rick.
Yes, that's some nice footage he captures. So much of successful rail photography is about what you mentioned -- planning. Thinking ahead of time about composition, lighting, where to park and personal safety will result in much better pictures. Fantrips greatly increase the complexity of it all, with their added highway traffic and crowds.
There is one thing you can do. A Video Slideshow. You'll need the correct app., to make it happen. On most computers you can start a file and enter the pictures you've chosen. Usually by dragging them to the file. You can then ask it to make a Video Slideshow. Next go to You Tube and follow their prompts to enter the Video Slide Show. It sounds complicated but I've done that with a number of presentations. Simpler to do then I thought. I'm Mr. Frustrate, frustrate, frustrate, after all. Despite it all, I thought mine turned out fairly well.
Besides the rest of us would like to see them. I just wiped the drool off my chin just thinking about it. LOL
Hope that works for you.
I just realized I have my own image hosting on my own website (duh) and use WordPress to upload/organize them. So I'll post them soon. I also got close-up shots of the mechanism, etc.
That's what I do
As an alternate, you can upload them direct to TrainBoard (just click the [Upload A File] box in your post, or create an album here and link to photos in it). You're blessed to have your own site. I've given up on them. Many photo hosting sites seem to be in a state of flux, too expensive or on their way out of business. I'm tired of trying to handicap their survival rate.
You guys on Word Press want to be careful. They locked mine down due to security issues or so they say. I believe they hi-jacked it but I can't prove it. So be care-full. The other thought I had, this is a major form of the C word. Still, I don't know that for sure, nor can I prove that. Frustrate, frustrate, frustrate.
Time to check You Tube and see if anyone else has submitted some Big Boy Footage.
So many times I have heard or read about WordPress problems....
My site is not hosted on wordpress.com, but on my own web server, I simply have the Word Press web management software installed on my web server account.
In this next video the videographer is shooting from a moving car. Reminds me of some of Otto Perry's photography and film footage. Clear the road.
Somewhere in Nevada.
You can always click on You Tube and watch it over there and add a comment or two.
Gila Bend, AZ. Union Pacific's Big Boy #4014 drops the blue flag and it's time to service the locomotive.
Notice how the videographer mixed video with a slideshow. Nice touch.
Listen and you will here an apt description.
Did you catch it? If not I'll let the cat out of the bag. "What a Monster."
This is a chase video.
I just found the video I've been looking for. To emphasis my point: This is precisely what I was looking for. I was hoping someone who knows Southern California, especially Colton, Cajon Pass, Victorville and then Barstow, CA., would capture the desired footage. As seen in this next video. You'll see what I mean.
So don't mind me if we are slightly out of sync. I return you back to Southern California.
You are about to learn, if you don't know already, what a unique experience it is to chase a train in Southern California.
Just a hint, you will notice people gathered at various locations to take those all important photo-shots or videos. Then you will notice people on the run. Shortly after the train has passed by. These guys and gals have already plotted out where they want to be next. They want to get out ahead of the others before the roads get to clogged, jammed up and/or snarled with traffic. Lot's of luck with that. You'd of found me in that mix. Not anymore but at one time.
Let's get onto the video. You'll see why I say, this is the video footage I was looking for.
Chasing Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 RailGiants Excursion Trains (October 2019)
•Oct 14, 2019
Now, you should have a better understanding.
The Vidographer FanRailer, caught the train at some of the best photo locations in Colton, San Bernardino, Devore, Blue Cut, The Wye at Barstow and The old Santa Fe Train Station, including Yermo, CA. Lastly the action from Yermo, to Barstow backing into the Casa Del Deserito, and then back down Cajon Pass to Colton, CA.
This is the footage I was looking for.
Fun wasn't it.
Have listened to older and the most recent videos, how is it the driving linkage 'Slap' is so pronounced?
I'm guessing here, but I've been told that linkage "slap" is caused by the opposite wheels on a driver axle being out of quarter, no matter how slight. If wheels on an axle are perfectly in quarter, the pressures from the rods on each side are balanced. If the wheels are out of quarter there will be a small period of time when rod pressures are out of balance. The slap is heard when the lagging rod picks up the slack and slams into the pin, which happens every half revolution. The more out of quarter, the louder the slap.
I was told there very few quartering machines left in the country, possibly only one. Otherwise wheel position is done by eye, which is close, but not perfect.
Also because of the suspension and the lateral play needed in the drivers to negotiate turns, there has to be some give somewhere. Usually under load, there is constant pressure to keep the bearing surfaces tight. However when a locomotive is drifting with no load, the rods can make a lot of noise clunking around.
In my efforts too find new footage from off the Sunset Route, I discovered this.
A drone shot from above
So does the video I embedded here this afternoon get removed or did I oop's. I'm on minimum metered access until they update my smarter then me phone on the 7th. It may be there but I won't necessarily see it. If you know's what I mean.
There it is. My computer is slower then the days when I was on some sort of telephone linkage. Had to dial in to get clearance, if you know what I mean and remember.
This one is a great video with that drone coverage is epic!!
Makes it almost look like HO gauge!