Sometimes, there's just a shot that catches the eye, and it's one that can really draw a viewer in.
One of the amazing strengths today of scenic materials and the availability of photo backdrops is the ability to create a scene that truly can 'take you there.' Here we have a westbound manifest train climbing towards the summit of Clark Hill on the Onondaga Cutoff, in a scene about 12" deep.
It's similar to thousands and thousands of railfan grab shots - shots of interesting cars or loads, one that the photographer didn't necessarily plan but are worthy in the photographer's collection for the content alone. This car is indeed worthy of note for the cooperation involved in its creation ( https://onondagacutoff.blogspot.com/2022/03/fillin-in-gaps.html ) and also as it was selected by Tony Koester for a recent 'Trains of Thought' column in Model Railroader magazine.
Each of those facts is itself a dream come true, and moments like these live on in memory. The hobby these days is full of opportunity, perhaps more so than ever. Just like a grab shot of a passing train, any moment can be worth remembering.
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