View Full Version : Everyday Stupidity.. a lesson to be learned

E.M. Bell
09-29-2003, 04:44 AM
I was going through some new stuff preparing to scan tonight and found a shot I forgot I had taken... demostrating something that happens all to often, and it got me to thinking..


Just another day on the NS in Harrodsburg, or for that matter, on any railroad, in any town. Lucky the train was only moving about 15mph...that is as close as it looks, the train missed the truck by 3 or 4 feet, and as you can see, they guy never even looked at them...

I have been in the Railroad industry for almost 15 years now, most of that time as a engineer, and I have seen stuff like the above shot everyday, every trip, and usually more than once, case in point...


And yes.. I have had even worse happen to me, on more the one ocassion, and its not something you ever forget... case in point...


We all know ( I hope) the dangers in running crossings in front of trains and so forth... but take a look at those pics and think about what might have happend if YOU where standing close, taking pictures at a crossing (as I love to do myself) when that happened.. it should make you shudder, take my word for it, those kinds of things happen in the blink of a eye, before you even have time to react. My point here is, when out shooting, just take into consideration where you are, and the dangers involved. And think of the crews on those trains...it can be scary to come flying around a curve and see someone standing close to the tracks shooting pics, not knowing exaclty what they are doing, who they are and what kind of danger they pose.

I am saying this as a person who has been on BOTH sides of the game....Enjoy the hobby, and stay safe while you do it...think about what your doing, and what could happen. At least them silly guys out shooting all them airplanes dont have to worry about this kind of stuff...but that just CANT be near as much fun as trains..

09-29-2003, 05:11 AM
What you say is all to true for us railfanners out there E.M. You've got to keep your head on a swivel around the tracks or you might become a statistic. :(

Let me tell you though, with 16 years in the airline business working on a busy aircraft ramp can be equally as dangerous. :shock: We just don't have as many bozos trying to be a statistic.

09-29-2003, 09:37 PM
It's true. Trains can be surprisingly quiet! Last time one sneaked up on me and scared me a bit. You gotta watch out for them.

On another note, Mr. Bell, are all your shots scans? They are pretty good scans then! :D

E.M. Bell
09-29-2003, 10:18 PM
yep. scans of prints or slides... ,