...."Rail Fest 2008"....
Rail Fest is an annual Celebration In North Platte, Nebraska, USA. Just 60 miles west
of our home. Last years event drew 10,000 people from 38 states and 7 foreign countries
to celebrate the spirit and origins of North Platte's railroad and western heritages.
North Platte is the home of the Union Pacific's Bailey Yard (the largest rail classification
yard in the world - see ...."Bailey Yard".... in my gallery along with the educational note)
and also the home of Buffalo Bill Cody's Ranch and his Historical Wild West Shows that
he organized in 1883 and travel the world displaying the wild west of the USA.. Rail Fest
is a 3 day event with much entertainment, activites, art shows, tours of Bailey Yard and
much much more. My composition is a group of the images taken during the Bailey
Yard Tour with the notes below for each image.
Image on the right is the interior of the Union Paciific's largest Locomotive repair shop.
The L-shaped structure is large enough to house three football fields. Nine hundred of
the 2600 employees that work at Bailey Yard work in this shop ( the shop works 24
hours a day, seven days a week every day of the year as does the entire yard). The
shop repairs on average 1200 locomotives monthly on eleven tracks, with
remote-controlled overhead cranes and elevated work bays to help speed the work.
Image on top left shows part of the 144 trains that are processed daily through the yard.
The Union Pacific will fill the locomotives with 118 millon gallons of diesel fuel each
month to keep the trains moving. Each locomotive has a capacity of 4000 to 6000
gallons of diesel fuel. The number and size of locomotives on a train is determined by
the weight of the train.
Image on bottom left show 3 of the different sized wheels used on the trains at
Bailey Yard. The car repair facility has 3 completely equipped "one-spot" tracks and
repairs an average of 65 cars daily. The shop replaces more than 20,000 pairs of wheels
yearly and has a fleet of trucks to repair small defects in trains that are moving through
with problems that are not big enough to stop the train and reroute it thru the repair faciltiy.
Our guide for this Bailey Yard tour has worked as a "Iron Bender" (meaning he is a
switch man and makes up west bound trains) for 32 years. He told us that he is still
amazed everyday by the facility and that Safety is first on everyones mind from the
beginning of a shift to the end of that shift.
Thanks to everyone for looking in.
Originals, sized, sharpened, frame and composed for TE
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rodgerg (55767) 2008-09-22 6:25
A beautiful assembly for this report of a festival in your area. Picture with varied colours and good contrast I like especially the image on the left, in top; the prospect is very beautiful with these incurve lines of coaches.
Best regard of Belgium,
mauro61 (52857) 2008-09-22 6:29
composizione molto bella e particolare con una serie di incastri tra le foto perfetta.
Buona l'omogeneitÓ tra gli scatti per quel che riguarda luce e contrasto.
Un lavoro perfetto,bravo
nels (2623) 2008-09-22 11:25
hi larry, realy like the way you show us these pictures, the train looks massive although looking at the length of trucks it has to pull it needs to be.
bracasha75 (24589) 2008-09-22 13:26
Here are you again with one lovely and this time from Rail Fest and this is not all days happend
tedesse (25135) 2008-09-22 16:06
Beautiful composition,lovely colours and good sharpness.
Waylim (25502) 2008-09-22 19:43
Thanks for this beautfiful collarge of rail road image. I love the details and clarity of all of the images. I like the rustic look of the main image of the train. Thanks for taking you time to show us these great American Rail Way.
pablominto (53746) 2008-09-22 23:57
This is probably the paradise for boys in all ages!
A nice collage showing many details, from our days to times long gone...
If I miss anything it must be a steam engine, one of the more noisy and dirty means of transportation ever invented but ohhh! so charming..!
ktanska (27862) 2008-09-23 1:37
Good collage of large scale American railroads. Long strings of railcars are impressive. Rusty details of wheels are nice. And head-on PoV of the locomotive emphasizes size. Reflections of outside light are not optimal on that one.
I'd like to see thin line between images to give more separation.
ChrisJ (114657) 2008-09-23 2:13
A good quartette of railway images, with each complimenting the others. Wonderful color, lighting & sharpness. The image top left, is strong enough to stand on its own merits, with wonderful repetition & curves. Tfs!
jhm (153716) 2008-09-23 5:16
What a difficult site every day again, I have one day need for a visit to your picture!
You show here a very nice interplay between different parts of the railway.
I find the beautiful the picture in the left corner, excellent perspective, very nice with the light curving of the freight cars.
Also the detail pictures are very nice. thank you very much for your interesting note.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week, friedly greetings from Belgium,
asajernigan (21427) 2008-09-23 18:18
Railfest! sounds like something I should check into. Your collage is great showing these complimentary shots. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2008-09-24 11:29
Very beautiful scenery. The colors, light and details are superb. Nice job!
jusninasirun (17162) 2008-09-24 17:22
Hello Larry. Interesting note on the Rail Fest. Must be lucky to be able to join in with the celebration. Your montage of a few shots from the fest is brilliant. The loco and the winding track are very well captured and I like the idea of your presentation. Best regards. Jusni
grantlp (2113) 2008-09-24 21:23
Although I'm not a fan of combined photos.....I do believe that the indevidual images are well captured. I particularly like the old engine on the right as it seems to emphasise the brute strength of this massive machine. Very informative note on the location and history of locomotives. Well done.
jvachon (548) 2008-09-25 7:56
You do a nice job with these collages. Another good one and a great bit of history with your informative notes.
I always love to see the trains going by with their long line of carriages.
trekks (14348) 2008-09-25 22:00
Compare this to the modern types of electro or bullet trains!
Very interesting documentary of the rail which is a very important part of transport mode. How I wish we had this here in Borneo!
dareco (17134) 2008-09-30 17:14
A very interesting collage!! I love trains so this one is right up my alley :) Good work!! Very nice detail. TFS
bisok (948) 2008-10-23 18:37
A very interesting composition.
I like trains and travelling by train very much but not goods trains of course. I see freight cars at this picture, loaded with coal, I think. It's close to me. Because I worked in coal mine for many years.
Thank you for this picture Larry.