Old 04-15-2006, 06:37 PM   #1
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Question What is the big attraction with wrecks?

I've been wanting to bring this up for awhile now... just wondering what everyone sees in wrecks? Seems that many top photos are of derailments.

This subject really doesn't do anything for me; that's why I'm curious. In fact wreck shots give me bad vibes, thinking about who got hurt, killed, etc. and thinking of the families and so forth in my overactive imagination.


That's just my take on it. Comments?

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Old 04-15-2006, 06:47 PM   #2
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I'm not sure of the answer but i sure know what you mean. Without wrecks why would anybody watch NASCAR?
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Old 04-15-2006, 08:26 PM   #3
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I have thought the same thing. Well the photos really are not top photos, they just have alot of views. I think the facination with wrecks is that you want to look at the photo more in depth, thus you have to click on it to see all the details. People like to see all the other crews working on clean up.

One photo that come to mind on this subject is this one below, there is just something about seeing blood and guts that makes people want to click on it, also if you look, you could spend several minutes on this photo picking out all the details.

Personally its not really a good photo in thie first place considering that the photographer could have zoomed or moved past the power lines, and the shot has a shadowed face, but wreck shots are not for being well composed, they are just simple compositions to show details. And those details is why we click on it so much.

There is something about inflicting pain on others that us Americans like to see, look at our movies!

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Old 04-16-2006, 12:42 AM   #4
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I've got no desire to look at the wrecks either. Not a rubber-necker here!

The only time I may take a closer look at a wreck would be if it were a location that is near my home, but I look at pretty much everything in and around central Ohio anyway.
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Old 04-16-2006, 05:13 PM   #5
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Hi,
As a railway operator I am interested in accidents and incidents mostly because there is nearly always something to be learnt from them.
Regarding the popularity of wreck pictures, I think it is human nature in most people to rubber-neck, how many people have gone past a road accident or incident without an urge to have a look ?
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With some, they're rather humorous
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And some to view the results of human stupidity.
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:40 AM   #7
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I see enough stupidity every single day. I'd rather look at 3/4 wedgies here...
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:26 AM   #8
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I've been wanting to bring this up for awhile now... just wondering what everyone sees in wrecks? Seems that many top photos are of derailments.
I guess I don't mind seeing the derailments on the "top of yesterday/last week" as they are newsworthy. The "top of yesterday/last week" aren't based on the apect of the photo, simply the photos that get the most views. Personally, I am more apt to click on a photo of a derailment than a H2 C44-9W on the point of a stack train. I will say, I have seen enough of the latest Maine derailment though (that's why I'm not clicking on them anymore). I bet with almost certainty that everyone one of us would take a photo and upload it to the database if there was a derailment in our stomping grounds, I know I would.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:21 PM   #9
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I see enough stupidity every single day. I'd rather look at 3/4 wedgies here...

Of course you do, you work for the Federal Government. Oh wait...so do I

Like Chuck said, unless its something near home (I look at it more for that reason than the fact that it's a wreck), I don't pay it any mind.
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Old 04-19-2006, 05:58 PM   #10
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I guess I like to imagine how it happened. Or try to pick out elements of items involved.

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Look at the sheer power it took to bury this locomotive into the earth! Aside from pure curiousity - who doesn't lift a corner of curtains when one hear sirens pull up across the street? - I am interested in seeing where a potential patient may be trapped (potential extended scene time), what kind of injuries they may have sustained (mechanism of injury), and so on. But mainly I am just curious. Keep showing more photos like this, some poeple with rethink dashing across the tracks.
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Old 04-20-2006, 06:25 AM   #11
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There interesting to look at, great to study, they are great examples why our hobby is a dangerous one if you aren't careful, and a good example to others (non fans and rails) that you should not play with trains
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One more thing about this--

It bugs me that my 2nd most popular pic is a lamoid shot of a covered hopper on its side. I think I surely have better things to see than that!
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:18 AM   #13
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I have to agree with not liking train wreck shots. Although not a wreck per se a girl that I work with lost her grandmother to a train. She was in stages of demensia or alzheimers and walked out across the tracks near her house. Unfortunatley for her Amtrack's Capitol Limited hit that crossing at the same time.

Every time I hear of or see pictures of a wreck I think of that poor girl. She was really close to her grandmother and it messed her up pretty bad.
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:51 AM   #14
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Hi,
As a railway operator I am interested in accidents and incidents mostly because there is nearly always something to be learnt from them.
There's something to be learned from these photos:
http://www.fuzzyworld3.com/pictures3...d/up02.html#e2
"Pay attention when the railroad tells you that they put in a derail!"

Check out the group of photos before these as well -- construction of an underpass and coal train yard.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:31 AM   #15
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I agree with the fact that some shots of accidents just make you wonder just how that happened. For example, me and a foamer buddy (who happened to submit his shot about 10 minutes before me) saw this GP39-2 on Stevens Pass in the Scenic sub and it sparked a two day adventure in which we asked any engineer we saw stopped on the pass about what happened. So, not all accidents are horrible events, some can be downright interesting.
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