My first outing shooting trains with my Canon T1i was a disappointment, I'm afraid.
My youngest son and I drove up to Wilkes Avenue to catch the departing Hudson Bay (VIA 693) Sunday at noon. As it happens, a CN freight was heading west first. I think it was CN 781 but I'm not sure. I pointed the camera and started shooting...
All very nice until you expand the image and notice that it is blurred.
I was shooting in full auto and the flash popped up when I was shooting. I think it was firing the flash while I was shooting and expecting that to make a difference. The manual says it will attempt to illuminate backlit subjects.
I didn't notice that it was blurred, because it looked fine in the viewfinder. The Hudson Bay came along and I shot it too... also blurred.
Needless to say, I was disappointed when I loaded the images on my computer.
On our way up Wilkes, we saw CN 7238 and slug 200 stopped at the former Winnipeg Intermodal Terminal and shot them. These turned out fine, because the train wasn't moving.
There is a sports mode on the camera and I think I will try that next time. I really hope it brings better results. It's a learning experience!