||After seeing a photo taken from Bolo Hill in a railroad magazine, we became fascinated with views down a long
stretch of straight track. This particular section of track runs 8 miles straight from east of Lena to just east of Perth.
This area was the reason I have an interest in telephoto train photography.
|8-mi camp spot
||Also the Lena camp spot. Located near the east end of the famed 8-mi straight at Milepost 48.
This became our regular camp spot. We spent many nights watching trains while sitting next to a campfire under the
||Also known as The Bridge. This bridge was located at the east end of the 8-mi straight. We spent many a late night here
watching the far away dim glow of a train's headlight to the west become a fast piggyback blasting towards us.
|"old" camp spot
||Sometimes called the "original" camp spot. The name of this place is Fern, which is a remote area
west of Greencastle. It was where we first camped out at the tracks and the origin of
the Let's camp here! memory. We first started out camping down at track level, then moved to
the east a small distance and camped up on a hill. It became "old" when we started camping at the 8-mi camp spot.
This spot is where we met Marilyn and Emil Mann
||Dave and I spent time here in the late 70s. It's where the Conrail crossed over the L&N track in
Greencastle. This is where we were Earning our Masters degree.
||A very remote area about two miles west of Perth. On one of our first outings, Dave and I met a
man and his son who were out collecting discarded bottles and cans. The man claimed that he owned a canoe company
in Terre Haute and that he was a millionaire.
||This is the place where Dave and I first started watching trains. This spot is located just west
of Danville. We would park the car by the side of the road and sit in the weeds and wait for a train to go by.
This is where Dave asked if this was Double track or single track? and where we had many
competitions throwing rocks at The tar bucket
||This is the bridge west of Fillmore. Dave and I stopped here one very warm day and wanted to sit down at track level
in the shade provided by the bridge. The only problem was a large ant hill there. We pumped some
gas from the car into a jar and poured it on the ant hill. We then threw a match and poof, no more ants.
||Not as morbid as it sounds. This is the Calcutta cemetery located between Lena and Carbon. We never
stayed here, but it is a convenient stop to see if any trains are coming when driving between Lena and Perth.
||A creaky concrete and wooden bridge located east of the "old" camp spot. We didn't spend a lot of time at this bridge. We
couldn't come up with any other kind of name, so Dave faked losing his sunglasses here. This bridge is now closed.
||This is a large fill which traverses the Big Walnut Valley west of Greencastle. At the west end of
this fill is where we once tested the theory that A Triumph TR6 is not a Land Rover and got
away with it.
||This bridge is located east of Greencastle. It's another place where we didn't spend a lot of time,
but one night Dave and I were standing here when a bat flew between us.
||An old railroad right-of-way, this road is located south of the tracks and runs between the
"great fill" and Fern, site of the "old" camp spot. There are several places where there is no shoulder, so it's
important not to get too close to the edge. While it's paved now, it used to be gravel and quite treacherous,
especially at night. This is where the We're almost there! memory occurred.
||Stands for "Near State Road 75". It's a road crossing between Hadley and Reno, east of State Road 75.
We would drive down along the tracks to the east of this crossing to watch trains. Dave called this the "big wing" spot because
during one of our first outings here, we were bothered by a large bumblebee.
||This is the road crossing just east of Danville, next to the Irving Materials Inc concrete plant. Before the "new" US36
was built, we called this the "pontiac" spot because there was a Pontiac dealership on the corner of this road and the "old" US36. To this day,
the railroad calls this "Pontiac Road"
||Located in Terre Haute, just west of Haley Tower. It's where the east-west CSX line crosses the north-south
CSX line. After Haley Tower was taken out of service, this crossing was realigned using crossovers instead of a diamond.