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yukon11
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Not an Amtrak question:

I have a Canon Powershot A560 digital camera.

Having completed most of a model train layout and I want to use the "movie" mode, of the camera, to take a movie of my running train.

I find that I can only shoot a few seconds of movie, at a time. I eventually found that (if I remember right) only 15 MB are available, for each shot. The instruction booklet suggested another setting, especially for sending the movie by e-mail, to give me a longer running time, but the screen image is about as large as a postage stamp. I wish that I could get more than 2-3 saeconds of movie. Without borrowing a camcorder, is there any software or any other way I can shoot, in the movie mode, for longer periods of time?

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Richard

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Hi,

My son has the next model up (580 powershot) and can shoot upto 1 hour's worth of video - do you have an SD memory card in the camera?

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Can't help with your camera, but I am interested in your model railroad. Can you tell us a little about it.
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Ditto. N? HO? Narrow gauge?
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You might also try another 16 mb SD card. Possibly the one you have is fritzed.
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It is a HO scale Empire Builder (E7 model diesel, from Walthers). If I can get more time for each shot, maybe I can figure out how to get a movie link up on the HO section of the Trainweb forum.

Thanks for the suggestions, Stephen, Henry, and Palmland. I may just stop by the camera shop, where I bought the Canon A560, and see if a different memory card could solve the problem or if a new camera would be a better move. I also would like to try to get a few movies of the Cascade or VIA train, this summer, on vacation.

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Richard

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Here is another off-Amtrak topic; it appears that at least one Class One is attempting to become more transparent with the public at large:

https://www.friendsofbnsf.com

True, this site complete with a secure hyperlink, is a separate site from the main webpage www.bnsf.com, it nevertheless is owned and sponsored by the BNSF Railway. In no way is it something like the now yanked bnsf dot org or bnsfkillers dot com that were both sponsored by a disgruntled employee.

Even though I do not hold any BNSF position in my portfolio (by means of such in BRK/A or /B), I remain firmly convinced that in no way Warren Buffett is a Gordon Gekko and that Matthew Rose, by consequence, a hapless Buddy Fox. Mr. Buffett firmly believes that railroad transportation has a major role to play in the commerce of the 21st century, even if that role does not include searching for ways to host additional passenger trains to operate or otherwsie handle over its lines.

I just might register at that site; it will be interesting to see in what varietal, if any, of that famous processed pork product from Austin MN (always good business for my MILW) shows up on my screen.

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I just joined, Gil. Didn't see anything about Hormel, but I do like their chili (no beans).
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quote:
Originally posted by Gilbert B Norman:
...it will be interesting to see in what varietal, if any, of that famous processed pork product from Austin MN (always good business for my MILW) shows up on my screen.

Ofcourse, that be Spam. Proudly offered in the deli sections of upscale groceries throughout Zip Code 5.

MRHA (Milwaukee Road Historical Association) held their convention this year in Austin. The event began with a "spamfest" banguet. Yum. There also was a tour of the Spam Museum, where I think I learned SPAM is an acronym for "Something Posing As Meat."

Actually, I love Spam. Throw in some Velveeta, a bag of pork rinds, a box of wine, and you've got the makings of a fine culinary experience.

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yukon - those Walthers EB models are great. I can well imagine you want photos. We have a few of the cars from the Walthers' recently released Broadway Ltd. We're using them for our version of PRR's Cincinnati Ltd.
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Mr. Zephyr, as likely you already know, the official take is "SPiced pork and hAM".

Must say I liked it; but then, that was back in the days of pre-cholesterol, pre-hypertension, pre-girth dimensions, days.

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quote:
Originally posted by palmland:
We have a few of the cars from the Walthers' recently released Broadway Ltd. We're using them for our version of PRR's Cincinnati Ltd.

Well Mr. Palmland, should I have occasion to visit your abode and your road, then I would be quick to nail you on the difference in window configurations of 5BR-Obs "Samuel Rea" and the DR, 2MR-Obs of "Tower View". [Wink] [Razz]
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Thanks for the BNSF link, Mr. Norman. I think I will also sign up.

Back to cameras. The card I now have in the Canon A560 is a "Promaster Secure 2 GB".

Richard

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quote:
Originally posted by Gilbert B Norman:
quote:
Originally posted by palmland:
We have a few of the cars from the Walthers' recently released Broadway Ltd. We're using them for our version of PRR's Cincinnati Ltd.

Well Mr. Palmland, should I have occasion to visit your abode and your road, then I would be quick to nail you on the difference in window configurations of 5BR-Obs "Samuel Rea" and the DR, 2MR-Obs of "Tower View". [Wink] [Razz]
Well, GBN, don't look too closely. We operate under the philosophy of noted modeler, Tony Koester: 'its close enough'. But you would see L&N's Tuscan Red 10-6, K-416 on its way from New York to Memphis in the consist.
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Well Mr. Palmland, in view of that I know face-to-face both Mr. Koester's Brother, Jack, and his Sister, Mary, I'd say your road is under good tutelage. I saw Mary and her husband as recently as last month.
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It is a small world - guess this applies: (courtesy of wikipedia)
"Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.

While my relationship with Mr. Koester is limited to Model Railroader magazine and a few conversations with him at model railroad conventions, he does know how to do it right in modeling 'his' railroad, the Nickel Plate. And I think I misquoted him - believe it should be 'good enough' - especially since our road is a freelance amalgam of several southeastern roads (L&N, SAL, TC with a dash of B&O/PRR).

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