It's hard to believe that I have been chasing trains for more than 10 years. My first recorded train sighting was on May 13, 1999 when I saw NBEC 1857 shunting boxcars in Dalhousie. I was captivated!
At the time I was shooting film, of course. I had a Minolta Maxxum 5000i SLR and I happened to have it with me to shoot scenery and wildlife... not to shoot trains. I soon got into the habit of bringing my camera anytime I thought I might be near train tracks.
Since then I have moved from the Minolta to a Sony DCR-TRV25 video camera (that I still use), to a Fuji point-and-shoot digital (still works), to the Canon S3 I use now. The picture quality has improved each time, partly due to the camera quality and partly due to my increasing skill at photography. However, I don't mean to imply that I am an expert photographer by any means! I still have a lot to learn, but I think my techniques are much better now than they were when I started shooting trains.
After 11 years I have not lost my interest in trains. My wife might disagree with me, but I hope I never do lose that interest. Thanks for being along for the ride.