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The sun sets over Metra’s coach yard at Western Avenue as seen from the Western Avenue Station. Chicago's summer solstice is at 5:34 on the 20th but the sun sets at 8:29 on both days, so this is the longest day of 2016, give or take a few second.
June 19, 2016
Nikon 70-300mm lens
Photograph by Robert Jordan
The longest day of the year, I rode a chartered train on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. This trip was one of the events offered at the annual convention of the National Railway Historical Society. One of the highlights of this trip was a photo runby on the 156-foot-tall bridge over Bass Point Creek, which is normally inaccessible. On the south bound leg of the trip the train stopped at the edge of the bridge and discharged those who wanted to take photos or just watch the train go past. After the passengers exited, the train backed up out of sight, and then charged forward for outstanding still and video photo ops. Boone & Scenic Valley’s Chinese-built class JS 2-8-2 No. 8419 and its eight-car consist made a fine sight as the train roared across the bridge.
June 21, 2012
Canon EOS 60D
Tamron 18-270mm lens
Photograph by Alex Mayes
The longest day of 2016 turned into a very long day for passengers on Amtrak's southbound Auto Train. The train is almost 13 hours late as it rolls through Orange Park, Fla., still a few hours from their Sanford destination.
June 21, 2016
Photograph by Dale Rockwell
This “Trackside with Trains” photo contest result comes from June 2016. The theme was “To the point.”
Trackside with Trains was a regular, periodic contest among Trains website visitors from the earlier 2000s until October 2018. Anyone in the world who wanted to participate, could, and with rare exception, have their images judged by viewers with results made final later in the week or month.