|First train of 2017 for me|
Planning is what we do at this time of year. It's natural to plan when you start a new year. Out with the old, in with the new. Here are my plans for 2017:
- Range farther afield
- Finish my Manitoba grain elevator project
- Write, write, write
- Help others
Range Farther AfieldI've become pretty comfortable with zipping out to the CN main lines east and west of my house. They're quick, easy, but I have to say.. not challenging.. and there is not much of a variety. I love the open prairie but there are a distinct lack of props / background details to be had near Winnipeg. It's time to push the envelope and go a little farther.
I have two areas in Canada that I plan on visiting in 2017, and a couple of other "hopefuls".
|Photo by Ken McCutcheon|
I'm looking at late spring to visit Assiniboia. It'll be a multi-day trip, as it is a good 7 hour drive from Winnipeg to Assiniboia... plus I'll want to stop along the way to photograph grain elevators...
Ontario Southland RailwayThe Ontario Southland Railway (OSR) is a shortline railway operating in southern Ontario. It operates over several subdivisions but its main draw is the fascinating array of older locomotive power it has. The OSR has FP9s, it has SW1200s, it has RS18s, GP7s and GP9s... working in freight service, no less! I've enjoyed the photos that Greg McDonnell and Walter Pfefferle and others have shared and I want to take my own.
I hope to visit the OSR in the fall, maybe when I'm in the Toronto area for my son's graduation from university.
The HopefulsI would love to visit Churchill, Manitoba. I want to see the polar bears and ride VIA Rail through the remote areas of Manitoba. However, it is expensive to tour Churchill, in the order of several thousand dollars per person. That's definitely a lot more than a few tanks of gas and a hotel night or two to visit Assiniboia!
I'd also like to photograph some trains over the Uno trestle in western Manitoba. When I visited Beulah as part of finishing my Manitoba grain elevator project, I was only 10 minutes away from the trestle. I knew it was there but I didn't have time in my schedule to visit it, and I'd like to correct that.
Finish My Manitoba Grain Elevator ProjectManitoba's grain elevators, and in the summer of 2016 I finished the job. However, there's more work to be done.
I have to finish putting them all on the web site, and maybe consider writing a book or eBook.
That's my big project for the first half of this year... put every grain elevator online.
Then I can look at Saskatchewan and beyond! :)
Write, Write, WriteIn 2016 I wrote a few articles for Branchline magazine - I loved doing that.
In 2017 I plan on writing a couple of articles for The Trackside Photographer - an excellent web site I recommend you check out.
I also intend to write another eBook or two. I have some topics in mind but I welcome your suggestions.
Of course, I'll be writing here and on Confessions of a Model Train Geek.
Help OthersI want to help others. In many ways, really, but in the context of this blog, I want to help people improve their photography, answer the questions they have about trains, and just provide a little rail-related entertainment.
I'm not claiming to be the one source of answers - far from it - but I've learned a thing or two, and I'd like to share it.
In 2017 I plan on publishing more photography "how to" posts (like this one), a series of posts on Instagram (SO many railfans on Instagram across the world), and more "5 minute railfan" type posts (like this one).
I'd also like to publish more guest posts. I really appreciated that Ken McCutcheon and Jack Hykaway and Taylor Woolston guested this year.
I Need Your HelpI don't want to write things that nobody wants. That won't help people.
So... please, leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. What do YOU want me to write in 2017?