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Yard Power in the Prairie by zulumike Yard Power in the Prairie by zulumike
Three CSX locomotives backing tank cars east into the Norfolk Southern Yard toward the Tate & Lyle wet corn processing plant, Decatur, Illinois USA.

Decatur is both a major rail hub and manufactuing center. Several heavy industries generate business for the cities major railroads: Canadian National, CSX Transportation, Decatur Junction and Norfolk Southern.

The panoramic view has some history showing Wabash's old concrete coaler built in 1930. This area is the old Wabash Rail Yards famous for the "The Bluebird", "City of Decatur" and "The Wabash Cannonball". The smokestacks are of the powerplant and the famous office building to the right is A.E. Staley's (14) story office building noted as "The Lighthouse of the Prairie".

The photo was taken 01/12/2013 on a cold day (20 degrees F).
The lead engine is the CSX #4799, SD70MAC, 2nd engine is the CSX #8145 GE Evolution Series ES44AC and 3rd is the CSX # 920 EMD SD40-2CSX.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We are lucky here in Decatur, Il, and well received by the railroads here in Decatur Il.
This photo was taken at the old parking lot of Wabash Station now an antique mall store.

These trains move slowly through this large switching yard. but the large Intermodels from L.A. To the East Coast have the rightaway moving through this yard at 50 to 60 mph.

i took this photo at about 30 yards. There are no fences or barriers and is open to the public. 
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Thomas41 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Nice picture how close were you? I'm asking because CSX is pretty unfriendly when it comes to railfans and tends to run people off.
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914four Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, one wouldn't normally think of an SD70 or ES44 as "Yard power" :-) Great capture!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

I submitted this photo to RailPictures but was denied because not enough "contrast". Have you submitted photos there?

I thought it was an unusual "lash", but I think only the lead loco was being used due to the visible exhaust. I am not sure of why this arrangement was used.
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914four Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't, but I've noticed that some of the "rail" focused groups here on :devart: have a very elitist attitude as well. As someone who never post-prods any pictures from my DSLR, I can't really critique them for it, but I figure if it interested me enough to make the capture, chances are someone else will think the same way and be glad to see it. I am always fascinated by watching road engines used in switching long trains; in this case I suspect that the other two locos were likely being used only for their traction motors, with the diesels just idling. CN cut down some of their GP9s and GP18s after removing the prime movers, to be used as traction assisting "slugs" (in the US I think they're refereed to as "Calf and Cow" arraignments).
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK, That makes sense good info about using traction power. It was a very heavy load they were pushing.
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914four Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I may have a picture of a slug somewhere, I'll post it if I can find it.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, that would be great.
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GreyWolfeRun Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the detail of this. Great piece!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Wolfe.

Iwas happy with this composition because of BG and to tie it in with some historical structures in my hometown. Cheers.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible!!!!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

I use a Sony CyberShot nothing fancy, but has a nice Zeiss auto focus lens, then I do some slight photo editing of the sky
and give the overall photo a soft tone.

I like your photos, you a have good eye for composition.
Have you ever thought of digitally painting some of your works?
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!!!! I would love to when I get the time to work through the process!
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, cool, I had a model one of those when I was a kid.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

I have been a rail fan for many years.

Decatur is a railroad town, over (65) trains move through Decatur daily and good shots are always available here.
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