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(SLR Lounge)   Four reasons you shouldn't take pictures on train tracks. Uh, make that five reasons   (slrlounge.com) divider line 57
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2014-06-21 01:51:24 AM
FFS, I loves trains.  At no point in your photography session should you be on the tracks. Ever.  Either leave a disposable camera in the middle of the tracks down low where it will just be passed over, or set yourself up on the side at least ten feet from the nearest rail.  If you get hit from a train these days it's entirely your fault.
 
2014-06-21 02:01:07 AM
This is why railroads are so protective of their right-of-way and sometimes hostile to photographers. Because stupid people.
 
2014-06-21 02:56:57 AM

This About That: This is why railroads are so protective of their right-of-way and sometimes hostile to photographers. Because stupid people.


I feel so sorry for the conductors. NOTHING that they can do to stop in time.
Selfish bastards using someone else to commit suicide.
 
2014-06-21 03:05:54 AM
What in the blue f*ck was he trying to photograph?
 
2014-06-21 03:27:26 AM
I've read enough of these stories and seen enough movies like "Stand By Me" to know to be paranoid of getting stuck on train tracks.

Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.
 
2014-06-21 03:49:01 AM
When I was a kid, we lived by a RR track (ran behind a cul-de-sac). We'd play on the tracks all the time, and listen for trains coming, and put rocks, pennies, straws on the tracks to have the train squish them. Sometimes, when the train ran slowly, we'd even jump on the ladders and ride it for 50-100 yards or so (I know, stupid).

I'm not saying that was smart nor do I condone it. And I would be pissed as hell if I found out my kids did that.

We DID have a healthy respect for the danger of trains.
 
2014-06-21 04:44:42 AM
Let the cleansing be.
 
2014-06-21 04:49:20 AM
Im sure the person was Tebowing or Taylor Swifting or what ever the kida are doing these days.

/memeing is dangerous
//oh long Johnson.
 
2014-06-21 04:55:38 AM
One less photographer?

I'm all broken up about that.

Totally.
 
2014-06-21 05:06:05 AM
shiat, even the dumbest train spotter knows better than to stand ON the rails looking for them.

Besides, what's the point of shooting modern trains. They're mass produced. Well, at least very uniform. Back in the steam era they all had coach built quircks, and even the biggest yard only produced about ten thousand in a hundred years of coal and steam.
 
2014-06-21 05:28:43 AM
I'd be interested to see the photos he took. It seems only fair that the art he died for should be viewed and appreciated. Unless is some excessively dramatic black and white shot taken at ground level of a long and desolate train track. Then it's probably for the best he didn't make it.
 
2014-06-21 05:29:30 AM
Darwin heard yelling Goooooooaaaaalllllllllllll!!!!!
 
2014-06-21 05:37:45 AM
Suicide
 
2014-06-21 05:46:05 AM
Splat! Just a grease-spot on the L&N.
 
2014-06-21 06:09:53 AM
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2014-06-21 06:11:21 AM
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really?
 
2014-06-21 06:25:15 AM
A train approached around a "blind" corner and was unable to stop in time to prevent the accident.

I will never understand how it's possible to be so situationally unaware that you get hit by a train. I mean, the phrase "subtle as a freight train" exists for a reason. They aren't exactly sneaky ninjas... Nor do you have to take more than a few steps to escape their train-ey wrath.
 
2014-06-21 06:32:05 AM

strangeluck: Darwin heard yelling Goooooooaaaaalllllllllllll  Alllllllll Aboarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!


Fixt
 
2014-06-21 06:34:17 AM

Cubansaltyballs: What in the blue f*ck was he trying to photograph?


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2014-06-21 06:47:49 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Cubansaltyballs: What in the blue f*ck was he trying to photograph?

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Wait, no, that's not what I men- *splat* nevermind.
 
2014-06-21 06:57:38 AM

Bob The Nob: Splat! Just a grease-spot on the L&N.


It's the same things your whole life. "Clean up your room!", "Stand up straight!", "Pick up your feet!", "Take it like a man!", "Be nice to your sister!", "Don't mix beer and wine, ever!". Oh yeah - "Don't take photos on the railroad tracks!"
 
2014-06-21 07:01:10 AM
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2014-06-21 07:05:12 AM

geoduck42: Bob The Nob: Splat! Just a grease-spot on the L&N.

It's the same things your whole life. "Clean up your room!", "Stand up straight!", "Pick up your feet!", "Take it like a man!", "Be nice to your sister!", "Don't mix beer and wine, ever!". Oh yeah - "Don't take photos on the railroad tracks!"


That's one I happen to agree with.
 
2014-06-21 07:33:34 AM

erik-k: A train approached around a "blind" corner and was unable to stop in time to prevent the accident.

I will never understand how it's possible to be so situationally unaware that you get hit by a train. I mean, the phrase "subtle as a freight train" exists for a reason. They aren't exactly sneaky ninjas... Nor do you have to take more than a few steps to escape their train-ey wrath.


What exactly constitutes a Blind" corner for RR tracks? Even in the mountains the LOS is at least a 1000 yards in both directions.
 
2014-06-21 07:35:10 AM
The tragedy not only affect the family and loved ones of those killed, but the conductor and crew on the train, as well as the subject he was photographing, are also traumatized.

So he was photographing someone posing on the tracks. The model was probably lucky and facing in the right direction to react immediately... By "lucky", I mean getting to stay alive. Getting to be right there and witnessing the photographer gets splatted, that's not so pleasant.

/unless "the subject" was a squirrel or some flowers, but they're not generally traumatized by such things
 
2014-06-21 08:07:25 AM
So how's city life treating you?

It's kind of like saying "roads are dangerous, you should never set foot on a road" as if there were no difference between walking down the Autobahn and strolling down a dusty country road.
 
2014-06-21 08:14:54 AM

Lsherm: FFS, I loves trains.  At no point in your photography session should you be on the tracks. Ever.  Either leave a disposable camera in the middle of the tracks down low where it will just be passed over, or set yourself up on the side at least ten feet from the nearest rail.  If you get hit from a train these days it's entirely your fault.


Was there a time when trains actually were at fault for hitting someone?  Like the train just suddenly shown up, killing someone, without some trace of a train could be in the area?

/I noticed when a train approaches an intersection with cars, it always get the green while we have the red.  It's like the trains are the best at timing the lights right.
 
2014-06-21 08:22:35 AM
Oblig... (and disappointed it wasn't already posted...)

http://youtu.be/IJNR2EpS0jw
 
2014-06-21 08:46:09 AM

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That is strangely mesmerizing.
 
2014-06-21 08:59:16 AM
 
2014-06-21 09:04:01 AM
 
2014-06-21 09:06:00 AM
Headed to Terminus?
 
2014-06-21 09:24:09 AM
A couple of years ago, my town had a rash of people getting hit by trains. Morons with headphones on or just not paying attention. One was deaf and apparently never looked up from her feet. The families were up in arms demanding " that something needed done because, you know, the children". They shut up after public support wasn't with them. It's not like trains are silent or don't travel on a pre-designated track.
 
2014-06-21 09:56:58 AM

Active introvert: A couple of years ago, my town had a rash of people getting hit by trains. Morons with headphones on or just not paying attention. One was deaf and apparently never looked up from her feet. The families were up in arms demanding " that something needed done because, you know, the children". They shut up after public support wasn't with them. It's not like trains are silent or don't travel on a pre-designated track.


Or, in most cases, shake the f*cking earth as they approach. How could someone not notice that?
 
2014-06-21 10:15:25 AM
sammyk: What exactly constitutes a Blind" corner for RR tracks? Even in the mountains the LOS is at least a 1000 yards in both directions.

Yeah, that makes absolutely zero sense.
 
2014-06-21 10:27:44 AM

John Buck 41: sammyk: What exactly constitutes a Blind" corner for RR tracks? Even in the mountains the LOS is at least a 1000 yards in both directions.

Yeah, that makes absolutely zero sense.


It means a corner where the train can't see as far as its own stopping distance
 
2014-06-21 10:36:46 AM
I'm not sure how to feel about this. Was the photographer taking vertical videos?
 
2014-06-21 11:05:56 AM

ransack.: John Buck 41: sammyk: What exactly constitutes a Blind" corner for RR tracks? Even in the mountains the LOS is at least a 1000 yards in both directions.

Yeah, that makes absolutely zero sense.

It means a corner where the train can't see as far as its own stopping distance


Ok, that clears things up a bit. I still think it should be called something other than a 'blind corner'.
 
2014-06-21 11:15:09 AM
So they were filming the new Wayne's World movie?
 
2014-06-21 11:30:40 AM
Still, the question is: Was he wearing headphones, or is/was he deaf, or was it so damn noisy you couldn't hear a damn train?
Or feel the ground rumble?
 
2014-06-21 11:44:08 AM

ransack.: John Buck 41: sammyk: What exactly constitutes a Blind" corner for RR tracks? Even in the mountains the LOS is at least a 1000 yards in both directions.

Yeah, that makes absolutely zero sense.

It means a corner where the train can't see as far as its own stopping distance


Well trains take over a mile to stop so basicaly anything but strait track.
 
2014-06-21 11:47:10 AM
Trains: The not-so-silent killer.
 
2014-06-21 12:23:39 PM
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Lets not forget this guy.
 
2014-06-21 12:43:03 PM
If you think that's dangerous, just think of the poor bastards who lived a couple hundred years ago. They had to make oil paintings on the railroad tracks. There's a reason you don't see too many oil paintings of oncoming trains.
 
2014-06-21 12:43:12 PM

erik-k: A train approached around a "blind" corner and was unable to stop in time to prevent the accident.

I will never understand how it's possible to be so situationally unaware that you get hit by a train. I mean, the phrase "subtle as a freight train" exists for a reason. They aren't exactly sneaky ninjas... Nor do you have to take more than a few steps to escape their train-ey wrath.


I've crossed many train tracks, in the vicinity of a train station.  Not only can you see a train coming, you can hear and feel it as well.  If you wait long enough you can also taste it.
 
2014-06-21 01:11:45 PM
How about the main reason you shouldn't: It's horribly cliche and doesn't look good.
 
2014-06-21 01:20:55 PM
How in hell do you not hear an approaching train? The mechanical sounds are loud enough, but I'm sure the Engineer was blasting the horn like crazy. Maybe the guy was just stupid-obstinate. I hope the photo was worth it.
 
2014-06-21 01:22:18 PM
did he get the shot?
 
2014-06-21 01:30:40 PM
It takes a special kind of moron to get hit by a train. They don't exactly sneak up on you.
 
2014-06-21 02:02:51 PM

buckler: How in hell do you not hear an approaching train? The mechanical sounds are loud enough, but I'm sure the Engineer was blasting the horn like crazy. Maybe the guy was just stupid-obstinate. I hope the photo was worth it.


The mechanical sounds are mostly to the sides and top. Loud pipes save lives.
 
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