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SITE UPDATE: Commuter Rail

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

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As promised, I’ve posted the revamped Commuter Rail gallery. Photos are divided by line, starting with Rockport and ending with Greenbush. Enjoy.

SITE UPDATE: Boston Engine Terminal

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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I’ve created a new page just for Boston Engine Terminal. The first 46 images (most of the first two pages in the new gallery) are from the old commuter rail page, while the rest are new. New is relative, of course, as some of the new ones are from last fall. In the near future I will be replacing the other commuter rail page with a new one that covers everything besides BET.

I also need to get in touch with my hosting provider, as I’ve lost all FTP access to my site for the time being. I can log in, but then it hangs trying to load the directory. That means I can’t do anything with Contribute at all, and the only way to add stuff is to go through my CPanel and add each file individually.

SITE UPDATE: They’re actually getting something done at Ashmont

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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I’ve posted a few new photos of the construction at Ashmont here (the last four photos on that page). Trackwork on the new trolley loop has finally started. None of the trolley wire has been strung yet, but the hangers are in place. Just as important, work has finally begun on the new station, with the framework for about a quarter of the new roof in place. Not much more can be built without blocking off more of the inbound platform. Best estimates are that the trolley will be running again by the end of this month.

I have begun work on redoing my Commuter Rail pages. I have a lot of new photos to add, and a lot of work to do on the galleries themselves. Since there’s so many of them, I’m going to put my Boston Engine Terminal photos into a new gallery. Among the new photos are some from the brand new Greenbush Line, which saw it’s first day of revenue service on Wednesday, October 31. I was there to ride one of the trains from South Station to Greenbush and back.

TRAINS sent me a free DVD - four years too late

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

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A few days ago I received a DVD sent to me by Kalmbach Publishing, which publishes TRAINS and CLASSIC TRAINS, among other magazines. I was rather surprised to get it, as I hadn’t ordered it. The title is “Big Power”, and is apparently the first volume of a new series called “Ultimate Railroading DVD Series”. The idea behind it is to get people to buy more of the series: if you like it, send ‘em money and every few months they’ll send the next disc in the series, which you can decide to keep or return as you see fit. Of course, since this one was unsolicited, I have the third option of keeping it for free.

The DVD itself is rather mediocre. The content, while perfectly accurate, is not only old news to me (and to most of the other people Kalmbach has sent the DVD to) but also doesn’t go into any kind of depth. There are Wikipedia articles more detailed than this DVD. Making things worse, despite the 2007 copyright date on the box, the program was apparently produced in 2003, so everything is four years out of date. It discusses SD70MACs and Dash-9s, while for the last two years TRAINS has been discussing their successors, the SD70ACe and ES44DC.

As a side result of being filmed four years ago, the DVD has a 4:3 aspect ratio. Not too thrilling when everything is moving to widescreen. Video quality varied throughout the program. Some shots were normal DVD quality, but others looked like they were made with low-end cameras. Overall it looked no better than some of my 20-year-old VHS tapes. The footage itself isn’t particularly interesting either. In general the scenery wasn’t interesting, and most shots were close-ups of the locomotives anyway. While not necessarily bad, an entire hour of such shots is kinda boring. The only particularly interesting footage was that taken inside General Electric’s factory in Erie, PA, and some of a locomotive with a stack fire.

I’m not inclined to recommend this DVD to anyone.