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In the latest issue of Off of the Tracks TSG Multimedia's John & Dan talk in-depth about their YouTube channel, their videos and their passion for railroading - both prototypical and in model form. We also asked them some quick fire questions and here are their answers. Read the Summer issue to read more about the guys, see some great shots, and also watch them in action in one of their Chasing Trains productions
Off the Tracks: What are your favourite railroads?
John: Modern day: Union Pacific. Fallen flag: Southern Pacific.
Dan: Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, and Western Pacific.
Off the Tracks:Any favourite locomotive or locomotive type?
John: I like EMD’s GP and SD models (all variants).
Dan: I like everything.
Off the Tracks:What’s your favourite era?
Off the Tracks: What’s your favourite scheme or livery as we call it in the UK?
John: Santa Fe’s red and silver Warbonnet.
Dan: Southern Pacific grey and scarlet.
Off the Tracks: What’s your favourite location for railfanning?
Dan: Anywhere that is scenic, especially more remote places with fewer people around.
Off the Tracks: What’s your favourite camera for railfanning (video or stills)?
John: Canon XA series.
Dan: Canon XA35 for video and Nikon D7100 for stills.
Off the Tracks: Who would you like to take with you when chasing trains – famous person or otherwise?(!)
John: Billy Connolly.
Dan: I think it’s fun when we take anyone with us, as having another person makes the experience different than if it were just John and I.
Off the Tracks: What’s your favourite train journey?
John: Roaring Camp’s Bear Mountain.
Dan: I don’t think I’ve ever been on a train ride I didn’t like. It’s hard to pick just one.
Off the Tracks:What train journey would you like to take?
John: Amtrak’s Coast Starlight.
Dan: I’d like to get out to Colorado and ride the Durango & Silverton and Cumbres & Toltec. I haven’t done either of those yet.
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Issue 2 of Off the Tracks got the right of way last weekend and has been viewed all around the world! It's amazing how the www can bring people together with a shared interest. Hopefully people will share the link and here it is for you to do! http://pub.lucidpress.com/OfftheTracks2/
It was great to get so much support from the contributors... from the Ukraine, from the US, Turkey and Italy, for example. The magazine has attracted a younger age group than perhaps traditional rail magazines and that was part of the idea behind setting up Off the Tracks. Also around half of the readers are women. That's great. Speaking of the fairer sex That railway Girl will be writing an article for the next issue of the magazine. Do check out her blog for some great train related content and for a look at her model railway built into a coffee table!
It's that passion and the diversity of those who follow trains or ride them for enjoyment that we want to tap into and convey through our digital platforms and Off the Tracks. If you would like to contribute please contact us via the contact from on this site or via the Instagram page.
New Yorker & jazz musician Yoichi Uzeki likes nothing than to ride the subway and take pictures on his way to concerts.
Yoichi certainly uses his composition skills when it comes to taking transportation pictures. We profile him and his great work (should that be works?) in issue 2 of Off the Tracks
"I can't actually categorise my style. I should never do so. Category is something that the record companies make up."
Yoichi has recored with Ornette Coleman, Jamaladeen Tacuma, and Pharaoh Saunders and has played with Saunders, Najee and many more...
On Transport Photography
"I always carry my camera with me... sometimes I may spend the whole day shooting. I tend to get better shots when I commute. I am thinking about a photo exhibition sometime in the future..."
Off the Tracks was privileged to interview Aussie Joshua Smith for our second issue. Joshua makes 1:20 scale miniatures and has his work exhibited world wide. His work features often run down environments and each goes into incredible detail. You'll see leaves and discarded cigarette buts. Read the full interview and see more of his great work in Off the Tracks issue 2.
More on Joshua Smith www.iknowjoshuasmith.com
Photo credit: asbcreative.com