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Providence Hill

On July 3, 2009, Southern Pacific 4449 launched its first leg of a 7 day journey to the mid west on July 3rd. It's route was from Portland, OR, to my current town of residence, Spokane, WA. Given a long love affair with this locomotive (that started when I was only three years old), I couldn't pass up the opportunity to foam at her.

Hour four of chasing her up from the Oregon border: Providence Hill. While only an hour and a half from my house, I had not heard of this apparently well known railfanning location. Upon arrival, we discovered several hundred people lined-up along the side of the road, waiting to take pictures.

This is one of my favorite shots of the trip, and to think that I almost decided to ditch my camera to pay 100% attention to being in the moment. (Starting at this point, I attempted to just enjoy the experience rather than viewing it through a lens.)

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Jul 3, 2009, 4:19:06 PM
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zaco21's avatar
Nice! Very nice!
SuperSonic107's avatar
The lovely Daylight, she's my parent's favorite steamer, and one of mine. Just gorgeous! :)
ThomasZoey3000's avatar
I love that engine, and this is a really good shot of her. I can't wait till she returns to steam.
SAR500's avatar
Nice Shot of the Daylight
Engine97's avatar
That is what I call an Awesome Shot!
Monch's avatar
Southern Pacific Daylight... Most beautiful train ever!
I have a model of this Locomotive in HO scale.
Nice picture!
paploothelearned's avatar
It was always my favorite too, ever since I was three and it blew its whistle at close range and scared me to death; funny how that works. :)
samreevesphoto's avatar
Hi, your photo has been featured on my blog for the 3rd Quarter DA Foam Feature. Excellent work sir. [link]
paploothelearned's avatar
thank you kindly. :) The same could be said about your work. :)
factorone33's avatar
paploothelearned's avatar
Thanks! It is my favorite from the set. :)
classictrains's avatar
Yep... the best of a great batch! Thank you for showing us this.
ZCochrane's avatar
I guess you already know this from the others, but this pictures is just awesome!
paploothelearned's avatar
Thanks! It is the one shot from the nearly 400 I took that I really think is above my ability level.
samreevesphoto's avatar
That my friend is purely excellent! Thanks for posting! :D
paploothelearned's avatar
My pleasure. Stay tuned, I seem to be building out an overview of the best-of-each-location shots, probably followed by a journal entry tying them together.

I don't think I'll be able to top that shot, however. :) It is probably my all-time-favorite from my library of railroad shots.
shenanigan87's avatar
I think the lens view was quite worth it, a photo will last longer! ^^
paploothelearned's avatar
Especially that shot.

On the other hand, I find that I don't feel like I've experienced things the same way since I spend more time watching through a lens, being concerned about getting the correct shot the whole time.

For an event this memorable, sometimes just savoring the moment is all one needs.

In the end, I think there is a balance that needs to be met, and once I got such a great shot, that is what I tried to do. I'd snap a couple pictures until she got real close, and then I'd just watch her go by.
shenanigan87's avatar
I know what you mean! :)

I've only got very few photos from the rare time I took a cab ride. I normally don't have the time and money to travel to railroading events, but the one time I did, I just wanted to experience sitting in a decade old electric rumbling down the tracks. Heh, I even got the driver's seat, and the "privilege" of operating the dead man's switch :XD:
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