How to get psyched up for a train chase

I don’t know if I mentioned it at some point in time … but in the next few days, I’m embarking on a train chase.

That’s right, I’m gearing up to spend two days photographing the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train as it travels through New York.  I’ve mapped out photo locations and destinations, I’ve packed my cameras and film in my car, I’ve looked at every possible spot and secondary spot and tertiary spot.

I want the best pictures of this train.  No argument.

So to get completely motivated for this train chase, I visited a model train expo at Albany’s Polish Community Center yesterday.  I’m not planning on building a model railroad layout, that ship has sailed (plus, my place could barely handle the size of an N-gauge railroad, so let’s not go there).

There were some model layouts and rolling stock on display … and I had my BlackBerry KEYone camera phone … and the opportunity was there … so I shot some train photos in slow motion.

Now that I have this footage … I need to do something with it.

I have an idea.  Why not stitch some of this together, and add a bluegrass version of the old “Wabash Cannonball” song, as performed by the Front Porch String Band?

Oh yeah, and I had no idea that the coal car at the end was rigged to drop a Hershey’s Kiss in front of a little child.  No idea.

This is the kind of fun I want to have when I do this train chase.  I want the most amazing pictures possible.  I want the most thrilling moments.  I want this to work.

And if you can’t tell by now … I’m really excited for this to happen.

And if all goes well … I’ll have plenty of pictures to show, stories to tell, and smiles to distribute.