Enhancing letters/numbers in photograph. Please Help!

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    Hello,
    I am a train buff and I caught several pictures of a piece of maintenance equipment (vacuum car) using both continuous mode and in other modes on my Nikon S8100. The thing is, the number's last digit is unreadable as it is white on silver. The number is very important to know for my purposes. I have tried several methods on a few of the shots using both Windows Live Photo Gallery and GIMP adjusting the sharpen and unsharpen filters. Are there any methods that can be done short of redoing the shot? I don't have Adobe photoshop because it is way to expensive, imo. I can post the photo if needed to show the number in question.

    Thanks for any help!

    Mike McGuire, New Jersey
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    How about posting the shot?
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    This one is cropped to show just the affected area. The number is on the top of the cab over the windshield and says SE 048_. It looks like either a 7 or 9 but maybe some has another idea? If necessary, I can post the originals (pre-cropped) if that is needed.

    I don't know why, but the photos will not upload. I keep getting "undefined"
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    Try this first........
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    We can't download from Flickr accounts.
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    You're trying to post web pages as images. You need the URL for the image itself.

    it will look like this:

    [IMG]http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc172/480sparky/Personal/8magssmall.jpg[/IMG]
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    Alright, I'll try to figure something out
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    Is that the largest that file is?
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    I'm guessing 9, but I can't even say for sure what the other characters are just by looking at them.
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    I read "3237 x 2367 pixels scaled 38%". That's only 7.6 mp for a 12.1 mp camera. Was the original image shot at "Medium" size?
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    I'm leaning towards 5 now, possibly 3.

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    I'd say SC-0489.
    I'm not sure about that last one though, first I thought it was a 5 but it's a bit too weirdly shaped for a 5. :p
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    Important for your purposes? Are you planning on doing something nefarious to Septa trains? Where is that homeland security phone number when you need it?
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    FWIW, we've got a 1-in-10 chance of just guessing it. [​IMG]
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    I have been photographing trains for years and I have a spreadsheet database of all the trains I have photographed over the years so I can know if I have shot that one yet, if something has changed with it, or if one of the train buff groups I am in has a question or info about a specific car. As a group, we are unfortunately treated as threats, but we are anything but.
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    Thanks for the help guys! I had wondered too if it could be a 5 or 3. It seems like whatever it is, it could be some "damaged" number. Being they are stickers, maybe it got mangled somehow. I actually shot this back in June and still couldn't figure out what it was. I had to put it in my records as "SE 048_?". I really wasn't a big deal at the time but being kind of anal, I am hoping to fill in the blank. I haven't seen this particular unit again since, but I see it's "sister" unit somewhere else a lot and it's number is "SE-0488". This kind of reinforced the whole 7 or 9 thing but 3 or 5 does seem plausible.
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    I agree there is little doubt it's a 5: 0485

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