Introduction
Why did I create this site?  Who am I?
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I decided to make this site because I want to create an awareness in the railfan community of the little known Pope's Creek Secondary.  This line has hid in the darkness and obscurity of the railfan world for too long.  This site hopefully will bring it out of darkness.
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I am a railfan that has lived along the Pope's Creek all of my life.  I grew up with the trains in my backyard with big blue engines and dirty black hoppers.  As far back as I can remember, I was always fascinated by the trains.  When I heard the horn of the engine, I would run to the back fence and wave.  If I was lucky, the crew would wave back to me.
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Around the age of twelve, I realized the camera was the perfect mechanism to capture trains.  I used the disposable Kodak cameras that you used and got developed.  My first pictures weren't that good, but I was having fun and that was all that mattered.  At the age of 14, I convinced my father to go train watching with me to Fredericksburg, VA on the RF&P main.  I was in awe.  I saw 10 trains that day, unimaginable on the Pope's  Creek and was hooked with photography for life.
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The next summer, my mother and I made it a weekly occurrence to go to some spot on the CSX mainline and watch/photograph trains.  We visited Alexandria, Harper's Ferry, and Fredericksburg.  I had tons of fun!  When I went to visit my grandfather in Florida, I was quick to photograph trains on the Florida East Coast mainline that passed less than a 1/4 mile from his house.
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The following Christmas, I received the ultimate gift.  I got a Minolta Maxxum HTSI with a 28-80 mm lens.  I loved the gift.  My pictures were sharper, had better colors, and, in general, better.  I was able to take more than one picture per train which was another advantage.  I used the camera out on the CSX main and on the Pope's Creek achieving new highs every time I used it.
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Over the spring break of my sophomore year, I went on a train binge.  I went railfanning every day, on both the CSX main and the Pope's Creek Secondary.  I saw somewhere near 100 trains total during that week, needless to say, Kodak loved us.
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The next summer, I made some new friends.  They were two employees with Conrail at the time, but now with CSX.  I can't reveal their names here because I do not want them to get fired from their great jobs.  They allowed me into the cab and a new friendship was formed.  Since that day, I have made many new friends that work for CSX.  That summer, I purchased a tele-photo lens.  It's range was immense because it was a 70-300 mm lens.  This lens opened up many photographic opportunities for me.  That summer, I visited many new locations out on the CSX main and discovered many more on the good ole' Pope's Creek.
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That pretty much sums up my railfan life to the present.  This hobby has given me many new friends and many more I hope to come in the future.
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