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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 02:19:56 PM  

catzilla: 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.


Olong Johnson... olong Johnson
 
2014-06-21 02:21:03 PM  
I am a railfan, and have taken hundreds of photographs of trains from just about every conceivable angle. In the process I have been close to moving locomotives and rollling stock but never put myself in any danger because once I get near tracks, I have a very high situational awareness and I plan every shot with an eye towards when and how to get to a safer spot, if I am close (but never between the rails) . This guy didn't have that, and anybody like him should never be close to a moving train. That having been said, under certain conditions, like drifting down a hill around a corner without dynamic braking on, a train can be surprisingly quiet.
That's why UP says " Always expect a train" - modern locomotives are also quieter. The HE crew can't do a thing to stop in time for people like this, and they have to live with the memory of watching someone disappear under the pilot for the rest of their lives.

NCSB:
When I was a kid one of my schoolmates was hit by a train and I happened by shortly after and it took me a second to realize why there were a half dozen sheets spread out near the tracks over about 50 yards. That and the look an the deputy's face has stuck with me ever since.
 
2014-06-21 03:00:57 PM  

geoduck42: "Don't mix beer and wine, ever!"


Dilettante.
 
2014-06-21 03:14:49 PM  

Dudley_Nightsoil: When I was a kid one of my schoolmates was hit by a train and I happened by shortly after and it took me a second to realize why there were a half dozen sheets spread out near the tracks over about 50 yards. That and the look an the deputy's face has stuck with me ever since.


Yikes. Yeah, shiat like that never leaves your memory.
 
2014-06-21 04:55:27 PM  

WorkingInParadise: I'm not sure how to feel about this. Was the photographer taking vertical videos?


I hope you like heat and sulfur because you're going to hell.
 
2014-06-21 10:41:51 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.


It is probably already covered but an Amtrack train is not a freight train. They move fast.

That said I walked to school a mile a day and home again on the tracks and am still here. It was a freight line and yeas, they are not subtle.
 
2014-06-21 11:12:30 PM  

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


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