Societies that I have donated to and support are the Rocky Mountain Rail Society, the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association(Alberta Railway Museum) of Edmonton, and the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society(Revelstoke Railway Museum) in Revelstoke, BC. I donated to all three during the summer. You can read the original blog post here.
So I come here today to do my Railfan 5. I will share five photos that depict the reasons why I love trains, real and model. It's just that simple!
I will also challenge a few friends to do it too. They are listed at the bottom of the post.
Railfanning is my all-time favorite pastime, although I'm not on it as often as my model railroad. I began railfanning in early February 2013, and caught my first official train a few weeks later. I'm always armed with a camera of some sort, either my Canon PowerShot SX510 HS for photos and/or my Apple iPod for video.
The photo above I still consider my best shot I've ever taken. CP ES44AC 9372 and 8770 head west through Canmore, AB on the evening of April 2, 2013.
Vacationing is always fun for me as a train fan. The opportunity to see new places, things, and everything else excites me. I know these are two photos, but these depict my most memorable experiences. Starting on the left is me with Rocky Mountaineer leader RMRX 8013 at Banff, AB on September 31, 2013. This was when I got my second official catch of the Mountaineer on its Calgary to Kamloops journey. I first caught it come in the other direction the night before. When the train started leaving after this photo was taken, the conductor threw me a bag of peanuts as I filmed the train's departure. I still have those peanuts, hanging on my wall as memorabilia.
The second photo was taken on August 4, 2014 during my trip on the Alberta Prairie Railway at Big Valley. Our train was the Railfan's Special. The locomotive, APXX GMD-1 1118 was our power for the trip, and the second locomotive that I got to tour, after the GP9(APXX 7438). It was also my second GMD-1 to catch as a railfan! So it was a very cool experience.
So there you have it readers! I hope you enjoyed my Railfan 5, and I hope you might do the same while encouraging your railfan friends to do it too!
Since this is like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I'm going to challenge a few railfan friends to do it, or donate to their preservation society of choice. I'll list their YouTube channel names with the names.
• My good bud in Edmonton ;) (has asked to remain anonymous)
• Mitchell Gault(MrMitch5656)
• Shaun Hennessy(AwesomeRailFan)