Old 01-23-2010, 02:10 PM   #26
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No mustard-stained train T-shirts that barely cover your stomach.

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I was a reporter for a number of years. You are so right. Many of our photographers dressed very professionally. Yet some would come to work wearing shirts and pants that were apparently used as napkins.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:54 PM   #27
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Every situation is different.

If you are just sitting trackside with your buddies at a rail museum, Horseshoe Curve, or something like that, flip flops, shorts, and a tank top should suffice.

If you are out in the "wilderness", jeans, at minimum hiking boots, and an appropriate shirt.

I don't usually shoot from platforms, but when I do, it's as a "tourist" with a DSLR. Looking sneeky and suspicious will get you more problems than out in the open will.

And by all means, if there is a chance that you will be allowed on RR property, see wilderness above, plus add safety glasses, hard hat, safety vest, ear plugs, and anything else that the RR may require or request. Some may provide part of it for you.

Only RR logo apparel that I have is my GWI banner check award hat that a friend tossed out the window to me going by. I usually wear it, but leave my keyrabeaner of 3 dozen switch keys, and encyclopedia of foamer folklore at home at home
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:58 PM   #28
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I was a reporter for a number of years. You are so right. Many of our photographers dressed very professionally. Yet some would come to work wearing shirts and pants that were apparently used as napkins.
I am required to wear a uniform for both of my jobs. The one job did not enforce it until just recently. I found it amusing when a nurse would give me a patient report instead of to my Medic because they weren't dressed the part and the nurse, etc. didn't know who they are.
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I usually wear whatever is clean, which is typically a Dodgers shirt (or just a button up), and blue jeans.. Then normal sport-like sunglasses too.

Gotta run! Time for work (where I dress like a railroader.. Oh shoot, I am!)
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I usually wear whatever is clean, which is typically a Dodgers shirt (or just a button up), and blue jeans.. Then normal sport-like sunglasses too.

Gotta run! Time for work (where I dress like a railroader.. Oh shoot, I am!)
You work for the RR now?
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