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Canon EOS 30D
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200 mm
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Nov 3, 2008, 11:15:54 AM
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Highball at Holliday by factorone33 Highball at Holliday by factorone33
Right around this time last year, rail traffic was starting to steadily decreased in all parts of the country, thanks to our lovely economy. Even the transcon lines, dominated by interstate coal drags, grain shuttles, and 10,000-ton intermodal stack trains saw their daily tonnage drop like a rock.

On this day, traffic was definitely slower, but my roommate, who had never railfanned before, was surprised by how "busy" this line was compared to our measly little single-main running through Hays. Here, our first train of the day, a BNSF double-stack heads in-bound to Argentine while passing through CP Holliday, the unofficial beginning of the west yard throat.

On the point are BNSF ES44DC #7423 and BNSF C44-9W #4895.

Canon EOS 30D
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM
ISO 200 @ 1/500, f/9
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Sweet, thanks! :#1:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is an awesome shot! Great colours, nice and sharp, and some imposing double stacks as well! :)

Though I still don't get "highball", where did that expression even come from? I don't think there is anything even remotely similar in German...
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nor do I get that expression either...
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
See his explanation below! :lol:
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
It originates from the early, early days of American railroading where spherical balls were used in conjunction with semaphore and lanterns to indicate certain signals. A low ball was associated with a stop-signal, whereas an elevated ball was associated with "clear", hence the term "highball". There's more specifics to it than that, but that's the best I can ascertain of the story thus far. :lol:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, I see, that clears it up! We didn't have any balls etc. just semaphores, and people generally just refer to what they display, namely "Fahrt" or "Halt" etc. At least now I know where this highball thing came from. :XD:
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The-Stealth-Ninja Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That swoosh is nearing my Alco!
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Only 8 track miles away! ;D
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