Pictures were fine, for those of us with high bandwidth ... you got about all the "standard" shots along the trip ... some really nice shots there, however. You can sure see how much all the water we've had has greened things up. And after your trip, is when we got nailed with the big deluge (you got lucky!) down in Atlanta ...
For those unfamiliar with the train, the 8704 is a GP-18 (rebuild GP9) ... if you look closely you can see the frame on the nose is bent a little downwards, that was from an accident years back prior to the BRSR ... it pulls just fine, though, so it pretty much has a permanent home these days pulling the Blue Ridge train ... you can couple on the front, you just have to be real careful.
Behind it is are the 106 and 105, former FEC intercity coaches, sold to the Bangor and Arastook, then VIA rail ... they came to us from VIA, still with english/french signage inside. These are really nice cars.
Barely visible behind that, the 3rd blue car is the 2705, which is a former LIRR coach. LIRR fans will recognize this car number from a thread on that forum on 27xx and 29xx cars, and where have they all gone ... 2705, 2975, and 2929 are all on the BRSR.
The car you were in was the aformentioned 405, the red car next to it is the 206, which is our concession (e.g. food) car; it came to us from the Southeastern RR museum, and prior to that, it came to them from Southern/NS.
In front of it is the 150 a very elderly former streetcar/coach ... 1924 vintage. This is a wonderful car - has those big tall "Polar Express" style windows.
Behind that are the two aformentioned LIRR coaches, converted to open-air seating, and then the 697 which is a boxcar converted to open air seating (Great Smokey Mountain RR did that conversion).
North end of the train is currently being pulled by the 7562, a GP10 (rebuilt GP7) ... we generally swap this engine with the 7529, its fleetmate, whenever a 90day inspection comes around.
Missing from the consist is the 332 (former CSXT 972332), which is getting its roof painted -- if it is ever sunny enough, long enough, to actually do the work.
And that's probably more than you ever wanted to know about the Blue Ridge Scenic!