A long time ago in order to relieve stress from work, I drove down to the shoreline in Stoney Creek. I looked out at the Thimble Islands and then I heard a train on the Shore Line and turned around to see two trains meeting and an old rusty bridge. The bridge turned out to be the old Shore Line Electric roadbed turned into a park, which turned out to be the perfect place to get a short hike, relieve stress and chase trains across the marsh.
It’s easy to see that, regardless of the obviously proud and dedicated people working in those factories that the industry is slowly dying. Like so many it’s being strangled by a leadership class taxing everything that moves for money to spend on their own offices and privileges and hand out to the favored people.
A guide for professional photographers. My advice. If you want to include moving trains or track in your portfolios or shoots, learn how to do it safely. Contact the local railfan groups through the NRHS and see if fan trips where photography is expected are coming up. Talk to the people at the local railroad museum. Make an investment in doing it right and keeping it safe.
Honestly, you can live without flash in daylight. More than one camera is just ridiculous unless you are shooting both still and video in different cameras. And DX Nikons saves you weight over FX. For a shoot like this I would probably just use a fixed 35mm lens and set up shots by moving back and forth. Or use and 18-55 for zoom.