LakerRail 2019 Railroad Photography Show and Night Photo Session
LakerRail Multimedia Show “LakerRail” will held at the Union Depot in St. Paul on Saturday, June 1, 2019. LakerRail is similar to Winterail on the West Coast and Summerail in Ohio with an exhibition of railroad photos and videos set to music. This year’s program features the work of railfan photographers from across the United States. Presenting the shows at Union Depot allows viewers to enjoy the programs in a historic setting related to railroads. LakerRail will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Red Cap Room at Union Depot. Programs will run 15 to 20 minutes each with hourly breaks. A one hour break will be held 4 to 5 p.m. The event will take place the same day as Union Depot Train Days, which features exhibits of railroad equipment, model railroads, and rail oriented vendors that will be held June 1 and 2. Tickets for LakerRail are $25, you may also combine your purchase with the Friday night photo session which is also $25 for a discounted price of $40 for both events. Friday Night Photo Shoot As part of Union Depot Train Days, a special night photo session will be held on Friday, May 31 beginning at 8 p.m. The photo session will be at Union Depot in St. Paul, and will feature Soo Line GP30 locomotive No. 700 and Soo Line caboose No. 1 from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minn. Just added! The Friends of the 261 is bringing their newly acquired ex-Milwaukee Road E9A to Train Days. It is still in Wisconsin & Southern paint and will be included in our night shoot. Also on hand will a Twin Cities & Western GP38-2 and other pieces of equipment. The night photo session will be conducted by photographer and Trains Magazine locomotive columnist Chris Guss and will use AlienBees flash lighting. Participants at the night photo session should plan to bring a tripod and a camera that has the ability for the shutter to remain open (cameras on phones will not be able to “catch” the flash but may work under existing lighting conditions). Tickets for the photo shoot are $25. You may also purchase tickets to the LakerRail multimedia railroad photo program on June 1 at Union Depot, tickets for that event are also $25. If you purchase a ticket to both events the cost drops to $40. LakerRail Programs Here are the presenters and their programs for LakerRail 2019: Modern Day “Omaha”/ Adams Cutoff and Soo Line/DM&E Finale – Alex Silka Modern Day "Omaha”/ Adams Cutoff showcases Union Pacific’s lines within the state of Wisconsin. Photos from Butler to Adams to Wyeville on the “Adams Cutoff" and scenes on the former Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha from Wyeville to Altoona are included. Most of the program was shot before and at the beginning of the Wisconsin frac sand boom. With the boom of fracking in the oil and gas industry, this line quickly turned from a mostly dormant backwoods mainline into a vital part of Union Pacific's industrial sand network. Soo Line/DM&E Finale showcases the finale of Soo Line and DM&E locomotives in use on Canadian Pacific’s network in the Upper Midwest. Shot between 2012 and 2016 this program spans CP’s mainline across Wisconsin, as well as the Mississippi River Valley and it’s various connecting lines. Alex Silka is Wisconsin native and current resident who has been active behind the camera since 2010. Alex has been employed by Union Pacific Railroad since 2013, and is a conductor on the lines radiating out of Altoona, Wis. In his free time Alex still finds time to do photography, hike, enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, and detail his cars. “Fat Bottom Girls” and “Bonga-Free Zone” – Matt Krause “Fat Bottom Girls,” is a nickname in some circles given to freight locomotives with full-width carbodies, sometimes just simply called “cowls.” Originally, a Canadian-only model of locomotive, as none were built for a US Railroad, the modern cowl unit (post-1985) has migrated south into the states after Canadian Pacific and Canadian National purged their ranks of most of this type locomotive. This
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