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End of the line...

We're gonna need a wider lens...

Williams rail station, Arizona. U.S.A. A rare outing for one of the Grand canyon railway steam engines, the trains are usually  pulled by diesels, to, and from the Grand canyon. The fuel they use for this engine is waste cooking oil, for which it's been adapted. Bet it makes great chips! ( Fries to you Ell'....:-)  )

End of the line...

We're gonna need a wider lens...

Williams rail station, Arizona. U.S.A. A rare outing for one of the Grand canyon railway steam engines, the trains are usually  pulled by diesels, to, and from the Grand canyon. The fuel they use for this engine is waste cooking oil, for which it's been adapted. Bet it makes great chips! ( Fries to you Ell'....:-)  )

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Sep 2014, 00:16
Its a beautiful shot of a fine oldie, Frank...if I was needing a portrait of me then I would call on you...
Frank L Croston.: Thanks very much, Ray....I can only do so much, Ray....smile
  • Alan
  • Golden, Colorado
  • 16 Sep 2014, 03:52
This has a sort of pencil drawing feel to it; very effective. Just look at all the bits and pieces on the loco; all seem to have been added on as an afterthought.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Alan, just a touch of tone mapping. I wonder if the extras are to do with the conversion to run on oil. Glad to see you made it here safely, enjoy yourself.
I love how you caught these guys just chatting while the passengers disembarked! Your processing is perfect for this Frank! (Thanks for clarifying the chips / fries thing!)
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Elizabeth, I like how they are so casual, yet in charge of this monster...smile well, if you will insist on speaking Americanese...smile
it's cool that they run it on cooking oil... the whole valley wants to go for fish and chips after they go by...
good shot Frank....petersmile
Frank L Croston.: Ha, ha, it's like a big mobile chippy on the move, Peter. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2014, 07:48
What a wonderful sight this is, and a very fine image too. What software do you use to get such crisp results?
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Chris, it was great to see, not much room to capture it in the station though. For this I used tone mapping, in Photomatix pro.
10-20 zoom in the post for you,Waste cooking oil to cook chips in , you must be joking.
Frank L Croston.: Oh thanks, Michael, very generous of you....smile
It must have an interesting smell Frank! When I saw this at first I thought it might be a Shay Loco but it isn't
Frank L Croston.: I think I prefer real steam, Bill.http://www.thetrain.com/the-train/the-greenest-train-in-america/ This might interest you.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 16 Sep 2014, 13:34
You've done your best to try and squeeze it in Frank.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Chad, I couldn't step back any more...smile
I like what you're doing with the b/w... and I am now hungry for chips...
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Larry, now you mention it....smile
Great image Frank, all those bits and pieces they have hanging off their engines. One of these two will be the Engineer I guess, (driver in our lingo in case you'd forgotten) so what do they call the Fireman equivalent?
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Brian, yes, they don't go for the smooth look do they? I've not forgotten, I'm speaking Americanese....Probably assistant engineer, there is no coal, so he probably just has to keep the oil topped up....smile
What a fantastic machine, I would prefer to smell smoky coal than burnt fat but I guess they have lots of oil to get shut of.
Frank L Croston.: Isn't it Martin, it's all to do with ecological reasons, apparently the waste oil costs about the same as normal oil. But it is a good way to get rid of it.

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