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Date: 03/20/17 21:18
Winterail 2017 - 3 Favorites Slides from Latvia
Author: dwatry

At the risk of boring people with some repeat photos - I attended Winterail in Corvallis, Oregon this last weekend, and submitted photos for the all-comers "Three Favorite Photos" segment of the event.   My 3 favorites were from a June 2016 visit to Latvia and Lithuania.   European TO members will be amused to learn that the vocalized comment from the crowd on the photos below was "What the heck is that?".  This was spoken as the second photo was projected.  Oh well, I tried!

1)  Latvian Railways DMU eastbound at Salaspils
2)  Latvian Railways EMU eastbound at Salaspils
3)  Latvian Railways with coal export train in Riga harbor yard. 
 








Date: 03/21/17 03:24
Re: Winterail 2017 - 3 Favorites Slides from Latvia
Author: andersonb109

I find that many North American railfans know nothing about international railways and often could care less. They have no idea what they are missing. 



Date: 03/21/17 04:40
Re: Winterail 2017 - 3 Favorites Slides from Latvia
Author: acltrainman

Great shots. I love seeing the foreign power shots here on TO.

Stanley Jackowski
Valrico, FL



Date: 03/21/17 05:34
Re: Winterail 2017 - 3 Favorites Slides from Latvia
Author: Bunny218

Have to agree with the above. For me, the overseas stuff is saving my interest in railfanning for now, it's just something different and interesting. I mean seriously, how many C44 GE's can one look at before being bored? Lol.



Date: 03/21/17 06:05
Re: Winterail 2017 - 3 Favorites Slides from Latvia
Author: 86235

I really like those RVR DR1 DMUs in shot one. I first saw them when we visited the Baltics in 1995, it was love at first sight.

Railfans the world over can be very parochial, certainly the case with some of the individuals you encounter collecting numbers at the ends of platforms here in Britain.



Date: 03/21/17 10:12
Re: Winterail 2017 - 3 Favorites Slides from Latvia
Author: spflow

86235 Wrote:
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> Railfans the world over can be very parochial,
> certainly the case with some of the individuals
> you encounter collecting numbers at the ends of
> platforms here in Britain.

I agree. It's not a quality confined to a single nationality, but it seems to me that the only real variety these days arises from international comparisons. In much of western Europe even these are slowly disappearing. . When we were young it was possible to feel overwhelmed by the strangeness of "foreign" trains because there was so much variety at home, but now this really doesn't exist.



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Date: 03/21/17 10:24
Re: Winterail 2017 - 3 Favorites Slides from Latvia
Author: tq-07fan

It also helps a lot to be there in person and see how intense railways can be in other parts of the World. Mention sixty trains in an hour in certain places in Europe and no one here in the US can conceive that. It is hard to grasp even looking at it in person.

Jim



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