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Train Festival 2011 Friday Night Photo Session 7/22/2011

by Chris Guenzler

When I bought by tickets for train Festival 2011 I decided to do the first night photo session and made sure I bought my tripod with me for this event. Since it had been under a thunderstorm alert with lightning strikes on Thursday Night we were rescheduled for Friday Night. Nathan, Bob Alkire and I then headed back down to Rock Island to the Train Festival 2011 grounds for this unique photo opportunity.

That sky told me more rain and thunderstorms were on the way here as we drove to this event. I think we will get this event in tonight. It was a hot and humid night as we got started.

On the way in I shot the Leviathan 63.The first pose of the evening was the Nickel Plate Road 765.

Nickel Plate Road 765 was the first of two main shots for this hot evening here in Rock Island. Since we had twice the amount of people here I let Nathan use my tripod so he could get a good shot of the NKP 765 before I would shoot around the grounds with the existing light.

The Nebraska Zephyr would be the second shot late in the evening.

Two more shots of the Nickel Plate 765.

Dakota Minnesota & Eastern 4001.

BNSF 6688.

CB&Q 9255.

Chicago North Western 411.

Leviathan 63.

Iowa Interstate 701.

The line of tank steam engines.

Flagg Coal 75.

Viscose 6.

The Milwaukee Road Super Dome.

The tenders of the Nickel Plate 765.

Now we added a character to the Nickel Plate Road 765 scene.

I changed angles for my next two pictures. Next they arranged the lights for the night the Nebraska Zephyr as you started hearing the rumble of thunder off to the northwest.

The CB&Q 9911A as the lights were being changed.

The CB&Q 9911A.

The Nebraska Zephyr.

The CB&Q 9911A.

A young women posed by the drivers of the Nickel Plate Road 765. After that I let Nathan use the tripod again before I continued.

The Nebraska Zephyr.

Dakota Minnesota & Eastern 4001.

The Nebraska Zephyr.

Dakota Minnesota & Eastern 4001.

More views of the Nebraska Zephyr and CB&Q 9911A. With that done we returned to the Motel 6 and after about thirty minutes a severe thunderstorm poured the rain out of the sky. I got the pictures into the computer and called it a night.