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August 15, 2008
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Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
35 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 15, 2008, 7:12:10 PM
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 7.2 (Windows)
Track Speed by sullivan1985 Track Speed by sullivan1985
Riding along the ridge of the Schunemunk Mountain on the way to Moodna Viaduct.
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l3rotherwolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm still learning about railroads, so by conductor, you mean your job is watching signals and such while the engineer is resposible for the train itself right?...

see i'm not a premium member i can't use the normal critqueing.. but do you mind if i say a few things?

i like the framing, its off center of the window to show some gauges, which stand out nicely in contrast to the light from the window and the dark frame of the cab.

The rails are blurry, but through some reasoning there isn't much you could do about that.. going 71 mph on an always slightly rolling loco...

overall nice work, though i would like to see more info on what loco you are riding in/ whats being hauled (I'm nuerotic that way)
sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The job of a conductor varies by the railroad service they are preforming. Passenger service the conductor is in the train collecting revenue and working with passengers. Freight or work trains the conductor and most likely the brakeman are up on the head end with the engineer.

Some freight railroads have Conductor Engineers who are trained to do both jobs (but never both at the same time).

The type of locomotive here is an EMD GP40PH-2. Originally built as a GP40P for the Central Railroad of New Jersey. It was rebuilt into a GP40PH-2 for New Jersey Transit in the early 90's. Its road number is currently NJT 4108 and it spends most of its time pulling Passenger Trains on the Hoboken Division of NJ Transit.

As for the rails being blurry, that was done with depth of field. I could have gotten the rails in focus too, but that would require a tight aperture which requires longer exposure time. That would have ruined the photo.
l3rotherwolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
exactly you couldn't do much about it i liked the photo actually ... but that's my obsession with photos i look at both ends good and bad...

so you work for njt then?
railroadsloth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
That's a very interesting speed recorder, I like it. Dare I ask what SES FAILED is?

Looks like someone became a throttle jockey! :)
sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, and no throttle jockey. Still Mr. Conductor and might remain that way.
sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No SES system present on the Southern Tier. In fact, no cab signaling system at all. SES is a "beefed up" cab signaling system that is more of a pain in the ass then anything else and the only good thing about it is it's being removed from everywhere on the system.
jimzim66 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008   Photographer
Track speed here is 79mph. Way to fail. <3

I do like the SES FAILED light being in the picture.
factorone33 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Mr. Qualified. Did you know you have to slow down to take a speed restiction. 79 to 40 before the bridge at 30.
xk1llxy0urselfx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Be nice sully, he knows everything about the railroad.
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