John, thanks for opening your doors again for this opportunity to gather. We hope to see you all that weekend.
(the other Lee, yea daleeman)
If I'm still on the mainland, I really want to make it over for this one. And shoot, too, if anyone can help me watch the little guy. The steam engines sound cool - I know my dad has always been into steam engines, so I'd like to get a cool shot for him.
I found a contact on the steam engine page and wrote them offering a portfolio of images if they grant access a "back stage pass" as it were. Wonder if they will respond positively.
I am really worried about you. You are so shy. I hope you can come out of your shell and get into this hobby.
An interesting thing happened the last time the big steam engine came to the valley. There was to be a big opening event Saturday morning at the Rockside station (north end of the park). I got there an hour early to scope out a good place for the 7x17. Someone mentioned that the train was just across Rockside Road (north-follow the tracks) at very large parking lot. By then there were several hundred people milling about the Rockside station and still no train. I was the third person to figure this out and had all the time I wanted to get up close and personal with the engine.
Once the train got under way each station was packed. Peninsula was swamped with people. Just south of Everett Rd. (covered bridge, our house) is a tiny station at Indigo Lake on Riverview Rd. There were just a few people at this station and plenty of room to take pictures.
History has been known to repeat itself.
I'll be interested in seeing steam trains. I was a little dissapointed his last spring, the "Thomas The Train" exhibit featured a 'fake' engine, whereas in the past it had always been a live steam engine.
For those not already on the mailing list, we have something to get us through ‘til the next gathering. The 38th Cleveland Camera Collectors Show, Sunday, August 29, 2010, 10 AM to 4 PM, 4742 Brecksville Rd., Richfield, OH 4486, Days Inn.