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Rock Train by classictrains Rock Train by classictrains
A solid train of special cars loaded with crushed rock creeps south under I-235 and over University Boulevard on the East side of Des Moines.

It was baking hot and 1/2 mile ahead of this train a UP cop is looking for "a guy in a dark shirt messing around the diamond" where the North-South line crosses over the West lead to Shortline Yard.

This cab is one of many units equipped with a camera for capturing pictures of idiots doing stupid things. I wonder how many pictures of me "Uncle Pete" has.
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Mellette Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this shot... the angle and the light... and of course the train. Been past over this track a few times in my travels, but never got to shoot... :D
factorone33 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Helluva good shot Chris. Keep 'em coming!
l3rotherwolf Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
the camera doesn't even look that good... looks like a webcam lol i just have to wonder what the resolution is on them. black and white or color... maybe we should abduct an employee of UP and make them tell us ;)
Fritzchen-26 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
From what I've seen, it's pretty good. Video, sound, and apparently can be synced with the event recorder. Not sure about the color though - I think these are supposed to have an infrared component to them as well.

samreevesphoto Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Watch out for Barney Fife Chris! :D Like the tight crop on this one.
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Thanks Sam. It's something I've been experimenting with and I liked it here because I also have a decent piece of the train, a signal and the ADM corn processing plant about 2 miles in the distance
BigBadMatt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
If it makes you feel better, i think it only records about a day's worth of data on the camera before erasing it.
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
I kinda wondered about that Matt. I sorta expected it got wiped unless there was an accident.
BigBadMatt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
It's like an airplane's black box. Unless there's an incident, it resets after so many hours of operating time. When they first started installing cameras, guys were really paranoid! Knew an engineer that was convinced the UP had hidden cameras and microphones on every unit! Don't know how much a microphone could pick up in a spartan cab in the 8th notch with the windows down though!
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
I always figured if I obeyed basic safety rules and stayed outside of plausible deniability distance ("Yes sir... really? the property is that wide? Amazing. Thanks for telling me.... won't do it again.") and shooting from grade crossings i didn't have anything to worry about.
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