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Riding the Footboards by classictrains Riding the Footboards by classictrains
In a practice deemed unsafe and not even possible today, a switchman rides the footboards of an Chicago Great Western Alco S2 in the joint Soo/CGW Cicero yard just off the Eisenhower Expressway in 1967.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible yard shot! I enjoy trains especially in the urban-industrial environment.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wow. I was hoping you had a shot of somebody actually DOING this. Now, you have to get us a shot of poling pockets in action.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
I know I don't have that!
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mikopol Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
For me it looks like a storage base of Santa Claus. Here are many Christmas packages :)
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Now the GCOR not only forbids footboards, it also forbids conductors from riding a car or engine to a joint. They must get off before the joint. That's no problem on the KCS, where they're still allowed to get on and off moving equipment (that's going less than 5 MPH), but it's a pain in the rear on the BNSF. There, they may ride the cut into the track, but they must stop the movement 50 feet short of the joint, get off, then make the joint. I can only imagine how many conductors fudge the rules when they have a lot of switches to make and just want to get it done and go home...
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samreevesphoto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
Dang man. Footboard are highly illegal now. :D And it's an ALCO too for kicks. Great stuff. :D
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
You sure? :confused: Looks kind of like a Baldwin, but I'm not the most well-versed of old-school switchers.
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're shots are always so interesting and well composed Chris. Have you ever thought of writing a book?
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classictrains Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
P.S. When I get to 999 deviations and I get through more cleanup on some of my older shots... including tagging them with CC, date, and name... I'm gonna put together a CD/DVD with all of these pix on it. Not for profit... just for fun... interested?
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Sure I'm interested. I've saved allot of your shots to the hard drive but it would be nice to have the whole collection on CD/DVD.
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