Montana Outdoors

December 19, 2009

They wouldn’t sit for a portrait…

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors — Tags: — montucky @ 8:25 pm

Burlington Northern Santa Fe

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe

but I got ’em anyway.

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February 10, 2008

More trains

Filed under: Conservation, Environment — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:09 pm

It seems that I have a compulsion to photograph trains. My rationale for this is that they are actually a very fuel efficient means of freight transport relative to other methods and deserve more attention for that reason. My wife however, says it’s because they are easier to track than wildlife. (Sorry, I just had to include that remark… couldn’t help myself!)

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BNSF train

BNSF 6749 train

BNSF 8279 train

BNSF 8279 train

This freight transportation comparison is from the US Transportation Energy book for 2004, rating fuel consumption in BTU’s per ton mile: Air freight – 9,600; Heavy trucks – 3,357; Class 1 Railroads – 341. (Roughly 10 times more efficient than trucks, 30 times more efficient than air freight.) Interestingly enough you don’t hear much about this, even with the current focus on energy use. Are we ignoring something?

February 1, 2008

All of us kids love trains

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:40 pm

Yesterday when I was out I saw a train go by, coming from the west, that was absolutely caked with snow and I thought it would make a great picture, so this morning I went down to the tracks to ambush one and get a close-up. This one came along and I got the close-up, but there wasn’t any snow on it. It’ll have to do for now.

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(I guess I’ll just have to keep trying.)

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