'Coal and Daylight' actually isn't a correct name for this page, since this coal train doesn't have coal in it while it is traveling empty back to Wyoming.
And I am very short on daylight this time, the shadows near sunset are hundreds of feet long.
One good thing about sunset, in the middle of a high pressure system, is the winds go away, and that makes flying a quadcopter easier. I can get more level pictures This is a fairly simple quadcopter, without a fancy self leveling gimbal camera mount. And I don't have remote viewing, its point and hope. It's like fishing, you don't know what you get until you reel in your line. And I still fly my quad attached to a fishing line.
Its a few days before the end of daylight savings time, after work, and I knew the coal train was in the area but I didn't know exactly where.
This is the middle of town on the west side of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA.
|And then I didn't follow them exactly and missed some pictures (I don't have remote viewing) and finally got one that wasn't blurred too bad, but it was in deep shadows from a row of trees. I used a photo program to intensify it, and salvaged this view.|
|Its the usual long coal train with Weston Power WPSX cars, some black, some aluminum.|
|At 20 miles per hour, they take a long time to pass. Time enough for a battery change. Here's the view from ground level.|
Street traffic is backing up, no one but me likes coal trains in Rapids.
The end appears, one remote loco.
|The shadows are heavy here, but there was one shaft of light on the UP yellow, and I was able to salvage a picture.|
|The sun is setting. It will be dark by the time they reach Whitt siding, 15 miles away.|
This page was photographed and wrote in November, 2016. Autumn colors are past peak. Temperatures are 35 to 60 F yet, above average.