Photo locations

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hi all, Tomorrow I was thinking about going out to the Concord West area/Rhodes area to do some photography with my new camera , I have a couple of questions -  Can you get a good view from Concord West of the freights crossing from the Up Main onto the Relief Road?- And would Rhodes station be a good photographic location as the freights stop there sometimes and wait for the Road North?

Kind Regards

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  sydnytrains Chief Commissioner

Location: McDonalds Front counter serving customers
Hi all, ...  
Can you get a good view from Concord West of the freights crossing from the Up Main onto the Relief Road ...
Rhodes station be a good photographic location as the freights stop there sometimes and wait for the Road North?

Kind Regards
"lsrailfan"


Definitely. Freights always go to and from there on a regular basis. I see them all the time when Im on that line.   Wink
  M636C Minister for Railways

Does your new camera have a reasonable telephoto capability?

In that general area I like to go to the park near the ferry wharf at Meadowbank and take photos from there. You get a reasonable view of northbound trains....  The light is good in the afternoon, but if it were overcast, you might get a good view of the freight trains heading north in the slots around 1200 to 1300.

There are often a couple of south bound trains at that time too, often a PN container and a steel train...

If you were mainly interested in southbound trains, since the reclamation has progressed there is a small park next to the bridge on the Rhodes side now. It is probably a bit low for the southbound trains, though...

The big shopping centre at Rhodes gives the area a pretty enclosed feeling but around midday the shadows mightn't be too bad.

M636C
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Yep It is an 18xoptical zoom,  Very good telephoto capability,  So what I was thinking standing on Concord West down Platform and getting the freights as they cross from the Up Main to the Relief Road there - As to freights going the other way I am not to sure - Ill work it out when i get there  Wink

Kind Regards
  stephen88 Chief Commissioner

I've spent a bit of time at Concord West. The lighting is best in the morning, not really that great of an afternoon. A couple of things to note as well. The down trains are best to photograph from the No.1 platform
You need to pay careful attention to the signals. They will be set at very late. When I've been there, the signals are often not set until the train is just about there, hence it can be very easy to miss shots or not be ready
Also, should you use the No.1 platform, you must be aware of what is next due towards to city. The express trains come through there at high speed, without a great deal of noise, so you may not hear them coming.
Otherwise, have fun
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I favour North Strathfield, as the lighting is very kind to down trains on the relief. Be forewarned though, that occasionally down trains will cross to the down main when they come off the goods line, and will cross an up train slowly proceeding along the refuge. I've been caught out by this before.

As Stephen says, the signals will be your key. Watch the signals and the points, and they will tell you when something is coming. Also, if you know when the XPT/Xplorers are due, it is very possible to "chase" freights on the north. I've often taking a photo at North Strathfield, and then watched the XPT come through, only to board a suburban and pass the freight at Rhodes waiting for the suburban to pass. If you decide on that, I like West Ryde as a location for a followup shot, as it's not too far away.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Thanks guys- I will give it some thought- I will take both of your reccomendations into account- Re West Ryde I may give that a go too- As you can sometimes get freights stopped on the outer track waiting for clearance

Kind Regards

P.S I always watch the signals wherever I go anyways  Razz
  nadnerbster Deputy Commissioner

Location: Profundo en la Mierda
You need to pay careful attention to the signals. They will be set at very late. When I've been there, the signals are often not set until the train is just about there
"stephen88"


Since the ATRICS system went in, the signals in a lot of interlockings - including this area - are effectively "approach clearing". The signals won't clear until the train is close to them, and frequently even the train's crew see restrictive signals for this reason. As I understand it it's partially due to a certain amount of automation, and partially to prevent delays should a signaller decide to change the road at the last minute (avoids the timeout).
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Well As I said, I went out and took some shots around the Concord West, Rhodes, West Ryde, areas, I got some freight trains , I took them with my new camera that I got before xmas- I am still learning this camera



2NY3 with NR115 on point crosses from the Up Main to the relief at Concord West






A late running MB7 comes down the relief at Rhodes station






MB4 is also running late- This time she is passing on the Main- With an empty V-Set occupying rhodes back platform



NT35 Speeds through West Ryde station with the down Grafton XPT



2BM7 Eases it's train down to West Ryde and it's eventual destination of Glenlee






Late running again 2MB2 powers it's way north through West Ryde station




Hope You all enjoy them- Feedback is welcome  Smile

Kind Regards
  nadnerbster Deputy Commissioner

Location: Profundo en la Mierda
Some nice shots there.

Some constructive criticism, if I may:



I really like this one, except for one thing - the trackside equipment got in the way of the front of the locomotive. Your shot of 2BM7 also has a couple of staunchions in the way.

Both these shots would be better if you waited one or two more seconds until the front of the train was clear. This is particularly the case for still shots - staunchions and signals and such getting in the way aren't so much an issue for video.

I hope that doesn't sound overly critical - just hoping to bring it to your attention for next time Smile
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
No worries mate Your feedback is welcome- In Hindsight I probably should have used the Up Platform to photograph the steelie - Then I could have got all 4 in minus track equipment  Smile
  Bob_inabottle Train Controller

Some nice shots there.

Some constructive criticism, if I may:
"nadnerbster"


Mate I'm not trying to take anything away from what Nadnerbster said... hell I'm sure you both know boat loads more about photos then me (not sure I even own a camera) but man some great shots from platforms I work.... just love it!
  sydnytrains Chief Commissioner

Location: McDonalds Front counter serving customers
Well As I said, I went out and took some shots around the Concord West, Rhodes, West Ryde, areas, I got some freight trains , I took them with my new camera that I got before xmas- I am still learning this camera



2NY3 with NR115 on point crosses from the Up Main to the relief at Concord West






A late running MB7 comes down the relief at Rhodes station






MB4 is also running late- This time she is passing on the Main- With an empty V-Set occupying rhodes back platform



NT35 Speeds through West Ryde station with the down Grafton XPT



2BM7 Eases it's train down to West Ryde and it's eventual destination of Glenlee






Late running again 2MB2 powers it's way north through West Ryde station




Hope You all enjoy them- Feedback is welcome  Smile

Kind Regards
"lsrailfan"




Those are some good looking pics.  Clap
  ChrisDPom Locomotive Fireman

Location: Bali, Europe, Perth (repeat)
Nice one LS Clap

Another spot for me to try when back over gunzelling from Perth (still
defrosting from my December UK trip!).

I presume this is again a spot where there is a freight blackout due to peak hours but can anyone tell an ignorant sandgroper what the likely movements through these stations on a daily basis?
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Thank you for all the kind words , and words of advice, Most apprective  Smile

Kind Regards
  LesS Train Controller

Location: Behind the Camera
Please tell us something of your camera and specially the lens you are using.

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