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Trains LIVE — What’s in the bag?

By Bob Lettenberger | June 7, 2024

Two rail photographers reveal what gear they take out to shoot trains

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Trains LIVE — What’s in the bag? — 6-7-2024 — Trains Magazine is known for showcasing railroad photography. Images are submitted by photographers from across the country. Some are seasoned professionals. Others are snapping some of their first train pictures. The common denominator is that each photographer needs a camera, or two, or three, and other gear on their venture trackside. What should you take along? What is the right camera? How do you pack your camera bag based on where you are going? Today, we explore all of these railroad photography questions.

Two men in a TV studio joined by on a TV screen for an interview. Trains LIVE — what's in the bag?
Bob discusses camera equipment for railroad photography with Brain Schmidt (right) and Steve Smedley (on screen).

In this episode of Trains LIVE, Brian Schmidt and Steve Smedley join in the camera bag discussion. Schmidt is editor of Classic Trains, a sister to Trains. Brain presents two different camera bags sized and packed for how you are traveling to your favorite trackside location. Smedley, a professional photojournalist who has shot news assignments and trains for decades, offers a different approach based on how he likes to capture images. Both camera bag styles and the gear inside offer advantages. Here’s where you can discover what is best for you.

Come along as Trains LIVE finds out: What’s in the bag?

Trains LIVE is a regular video program, recorded live and unscripted from Firecrown Media. The series began in July 2022.

Trains LIVE features Bob Lettenberger, Trains associate editor, Bryson Sleppy, Model Railroader associate editor, Firecrown Media staff, and guests talking about railroads and trains in a casual, behind-the-scenes format. On Trains LIVE we will ask the questions you would like to ask and take you into places normally not open to the public. Trains LIVE also takes you on the road to museums, trackside locations and other railroad-related venues.

You can watch and listen to new episodes every other Friday at 2 p.m. Central time. Trains LIVE is now available as a podcast and in full video versions. The podcast can be found on, Apple Podcasts, and Listen Notes. The full video version is a membership benefit for Unlimited members.

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