3:10 To Yuma

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  1. smoke665

    smoke665 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Bored and wanting to shoot, but I'm driving around and around and nothing catches my eye. Finally came to a RR crossing, and thought I grab a shot of the tracks for the fun of it. So here I am in the middle of nowhere, sitting in the middle of the track, trying to get that "perfect" rail shot.

    [​IMG]Elkmont10152017_269.jpg by William Raber, on Flickr

    And I feel a "strange vibration", not totally unpleasant :allteeth:, and before I could wrap my brain around the sensation, the crossing guard behind me starts going ding, ding, ding, As I look up, coming around the corner wide open was this. Talk about an old man moving in a hurry!!!

    [​IMG]Elkmont10152017_270.jpg by William Raber, on Flickr

    Hard to gauge how fast something this big is actually moving but based on the wind almost bowling me over, I'd say 70 plus.

    [​IMG]Elkmont10152017_271.jpg by William Raber, on Flickr


     
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    Very nice set
     
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    If you pay attention, you can hear the track moving long before you ever hear the train. I shoot lots of shots from a private agricultural crossing between fields. Nicely done! The engineers get a little intolerant if you take pics very long while they are coming at you lol.
     
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    Thank you

    Given the fact that I'm a little hard of hearing, the first thing that tipped me off was vibration on my butt (sitting on the track). I was afraid to look at the engineer when it passed by because he was probably laughing at how fast I moved. Personally I think the extra blast on the air horns just as got even with me was totally unnecessary :ambivalence:
     
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    One other item of note: It's trespassing to take pictures, or otherwise occupy space from on the right-of-way, or the tracks. That area is private property of the railroad company.

    I've been asked on more than one occasion to vacate myself from their premises.

    At 70 mph, it takes more than a mile for the train to come to a stop, depending on the mass of the train. My grandfather worked for a railroad, and he told me that the number of people killed when they fell asleep on or around tracks is higher than most folks believe.

    Standing back a bit, you can roughly determine the speed from counting the time to pass between two points. However, it's a far more difficult to determine speed at an oncoming or outgoing object, even a car.
     
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    You are correct sir. The rail police are not known for leniency either. If they are called, you can bet someone is going to be in some trouble!
     
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    Sorry, not here ---- Alabama has no trespass regulations or laws specifically targeted to railroadproperty. However, a person is guilty of criminal trespass in the second degree if he knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building or upon real property which is fenced or enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders. Michigan apparently does, PA is also like the many that don't. http://www.atdlines.com/pdf/cross-ch9.pdf Part of it may depend on who owns the land the tracks are on. Here most of the tracks are on easements.
     
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    Hmmm...I will make it my mission to take a photo of the sign saying " Keep Out or Go To Jail " ( not literally those words but to that effect ) along one section of rail here. The last time I saw it, another rail company leased the rails. Norfolk Southern now owns the lease ( the same company, I believe, that is running in your pics Smoke ).
     
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    @Dean_Gretsch I suspect that the section you refer to is either owned by the RR (not AN easement, or possibly owned by the state. Here the only restricted areas are those that are fenced or enclosed, and owned either outright by the RR or leased from the state or local municipality.
     
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    Nice set bud. Glad they didn't run you over.
     
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    YEARS ago a guy and I "chased" a steam engine. Since I haven't seen those pics they must be on one of 80+ rolls from the 90s.

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    Gary A. Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    LOL ... Nothing like an angry train comin’ ... to get your butt in high gear. Is that a Ferrari logo on the train?
     
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