Old 12-08-2007, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default CSX 2008 Calendar: How NOT to Photoshop

A friend at CSX gave me a copy of the company's 2008 calendar. I leafed through and was pleasantly surprised to see that the calendar was comprised entirely of photos posted on railpictures.net. Congratulations are due for the photographers whose work was featured in this publication.

However, it didn't take long to notice that CSX had performed some sort of botched abortion on more than half of the photos. In all cases, the photoshopping involved "repainting" locomotives into the newest CSX paint scheme. Working in marketing and communications myself, I know the importance of "corporate branding," but I found this to be a bit on the extreme side. In cases where there was significant alteration to the calendar images, I've scanned and posted the calendar version. Take a look for yourselves:


January
Image © Mike Schaller
PhotoID: 134034
Photograph © Mike Schaller


February
Image © Trainmasterrob
PhotoID: 181050
Photograph © Trainmasterrob


March
Image © Dave Kerr
PhotoID: 138889
Photograph © Dave Kerr



April
Image © Ross M.
PhotoID: 148433
Photograph © Ross M.



May
Image © Arthur James
PhotoID: 143202
Photograph © Arthur James


June
Image © Gary Knapp
PhotoID: 158408
Photograph © Gary Knapp


July
Image © Brian Wiggins
PhotoID: 190451
Photograph © Brian Wiggins


August
Image © George W. Hamlin
PhotoID: 192500
Photograph © George W. Hamlin


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Old 12-08-2007, 02:13 AM   #2
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September
Image © Thomas Mik
PhotoID: 192352
Photograph © Thomas Mik



October
Image © Robert Benkovitz
PhotoID: 94785
Photograph © Robert Benkovitz



November
Image © David B Davies
PhotoID: 127608
Photograph © David B Davies



December
Image © Gary Knapp
PhotoID: 179951
Photograph © Gary Knapp



How many "issues" can you spot? What about the SD70 "B Unit"? I'd be especially interested in hearing from the photographers, and what they think about these "photo illustrations."

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Old 12-08-2007, 02:24 AM   #3
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That's plain tacky! For starters, notice how the YN2 slant off the nose is still there when the engine gets a PS "paint" job?


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Old 12-08-2007, 02:28 AM   #4
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Closer look. On Nov. they have both engines numbered 5275. Besides the at least two months the YN2 slant was left on the YN3 "repaint" and the numbering fiasco, my monitor won't let me see any more blunders. I know it's just a calendar, but this speaks volumes about CSX.


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Closer look. On Nov. they have both engines numbered 5275.
Also, they put only the 5275 body from the first engine on the chassis/trucks of the second - the fuel tank was not revised so the two 5275s have different tanks and trucks.
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My favorite is August...ever see a GEVO that short before? And with the same number as a longer one? Didn't think so!
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Also, they put only the 5275 body from the first engine on the chassis/trucks of the second - the fuel tank was not revised so the two 5275s have different tanks and trucks.
That's great! This is wonderful comedy!


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Also, they put only the 5275 body from the first engine on the chassis/trucks of the second - the fuel tank was not revised so the two 5275s have different tanks and trucks.
Yeah, and look how distorted the second one is!

Edit: Also notice how they removed the smoke in Dave Kerr's shot.
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Here's one of my favorite CSX shots I've taken. Can you imagine the headache it would have caused someone in Jacksonville? First, the motive power is a few paint schemes behind YN3. Secondly, there's not a GEVO or a &)MAC variation in the lash up.

But to me, this is real railroading.

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I want a model of the SD70MAC B-unit!
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That's amazing! In a bad way.

Did they actually leave February in YN2 or did you just not include that one?

Also, please fix the may RP link, looks like a missing bracket at the end.

PS: that "B" unit is just wild!
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Well, at least they obtained permissions to use the photos, right?

Still pretty amusing... I'd be laughing all the way to the bank, if any of those shots were mine.
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Note the 5th comment left on the RP version of the December shot!
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