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...so that our Americans can play, too. For the US, I don't have a link for neat network maps, so I will merge the Easy and Medium difficulty categories. Also, using my dictatoral powers with extreme cruelty, I am barring asdf from the compatition in this category! It should be too easy for him, leaving nothing to others...

Eezy: this will be four photographs actually, made at two locations not far from each other (but I want the solutions in the form of Google Maps or Flash Earth link separately!). The first shows the rear of an UP coal train, and the front of a BNSF double-stack container train:

Parallel run of two preserved steamers, SP class GS-4 #4449 and UP class FEF-3 #844 almost two decades earlier:

Again a shot of two trains pulled by UP resp. BNSF locos -- but count the number of tracks!

If you think the previous were lucky shots, what is this? Overkill!

Difficult: two ex-BN, now FURX locos exit a tunnel:

Cruel: Cruel because this lucky shot would have been easy, would it...:

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:24:35 AM EST
It's not so easy, actually. They're somewhere in the American West...

The problem is, of course, that the UP and BNSF railroads cover a territory that's about 2000 miles wide (from Chicago to Los Angeles) and 1000 miles north-to-south (Canada to Mexico), and the scenery in the western half of that range is very monotonous.

by asdf on Sun Feb 3rd, 2008 at 10:45:54 AM EST
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However, there aren't that many miles where they run parallel.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Feb 3rd, 2008 at 11:52:47 AM EST
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I'm not going to provide exact links, because I don't know these that well. The "eezy" ones seem to be from the Cajon Pass, northeast of LA, parallel to Interstate 15.

No idea about the difficult one.

The "cruel" one is helped immensely by the giveaway of the Amtrak Cascades train on the right. This is alongside the Columbia River about 30 miles north of Portland, alongside Interstate 5. This one I think I can give a Google Maps reference to, actually:

Just north of Kalama, WA near Carrolls Bluff.

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Sun Feb 3rd, 2008 at 11:45:30 AM EST
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Good guess on the first, but it is easy to find the actual two locations.

On the cruel one, no, that's not the location...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Feb 3rd, 2008 at 11:56:16 AM EST
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