The switchman

Posted by
Harry (Apex, NC, United States) on 20 September 2016 in Transportation and Portfolio.

I didn't know they still used people to manipulate the track switches anymore, but I watched as the train waited back on that curved spur until the man in the yellow safety vest worked the switch, then proceeded to its current position on the main, straight track.

Taken with my cell phone while I was out on a walk.

SAMSUNG SPH-L710 1/1864 second F/2.6 ISO 80 4 mm

Welcome to all. I began blogging Retained-Images in 2004 at My-Expressions.com. It is gone now.

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique scène de travail à l'ancienne. )

20 Sep 2016 5:30am

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Nice photo of the train.

20 Sep 2016 6:17am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

That EMD-GP40 loco still looks a powerful piece of kit.

20 Sep 2016 6:56am

@Ronnie 2¢: My dad was an EMD employee for 30 years (in McCook, IL). I worked there one summer when I was in college. A few GP-40s rolled through, but they were mostly making portable (about caboose size) generators for shipment to Viet Nam (it was summer of '66 - lots of overtime).

farNaaz50 from Gorgan, Iran

Good to know !
Some men on horses are coming to take all the money !!!!!

20 Sep 2016 9:09am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, good to know ! Nice capture.

20 Sep 2016 9:42am

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this train using a man to operate the switches. I would have assumed they were automated.

20 Sep 2016 2:55pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Who would have thought. Nice capture.

20 Sep 2016 3:20pm

Frances from Boston, United States

This is quite an interesting image. My husband, who is interested in trains, did not know that people still worked the track switches, he thought this was done automatically. You made his day with this information.

20 Sep 2016 5:14pm

jean pierre a from France

superbe loco!! amitiés

20 Sep 2016 5:58pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, perspective, colors & lights!
Amazing shot!

20 Sep 2016 6:47pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice composition. Ya gotta love trains.

20 Sep 2016 8:46pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent PoV captured here with a beautiful, vast blue sky!!

20 Sep 2016 10:08pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I worked for a railway for about 33 years. It is always a great place to be with a camera as long as you stay safe. Trains can be amazing quiet.

Very nice shot, by the way.

20 Sep 2016 11:27pm

@Michael Rawluk: My dad was an EMD employee for 30 years (in McCook, IL). I worked there one summer when I was in college. A few GP-40s rolled through, but they were mostly making portable (about caboose size) generators for shipment to Viet Nam (it was summer of '66 - lots of overtime).

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien

21 Sep 2016 6:48am

SAMSUNG SPH-L710
1/1864 second
F/2.6
ISO 80
4 mm

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