Route 66 frequently parallel railways and the huge trains became quite familiar. This one was taken in the Mojave desert between Amboy and Bagdad.
BNSF is the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway. It is the second largest freight railroad network in the USA (after the Union Pacific). It hauls cargo, including a lot of coal, across the continent. The locomotives are painted in what is termed 'heritage schemes' and I believe that this one is a Heritage II. Some trains had five or six locomotives and we lost count of the number of wagons which seemed well in excess of 100.
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timecapturer (37124) 2013-08-15 7:57
ahh! that rumble and sound just comes straight back on seeing this image. Loved watching these monsters when I was in Arizona a couple of years ago. So much power and standing so close - just exhilarating. A superbly executed capture and excellent presentation.
Brian. (Big Kid)
SnapRJW (23678) 2013-08-15 8:06
This is a great shot Ann. The angled sign is such a strong compositional element and I love the way it runs parallel to the train. Dynamic and beautifully managed with good colour too. IMO this is your best from your Route 66 trip. Top class. Warm regards Rosemary
goodwill (4879) 2013-08-15 8:37
Shall this not be made into a post card and circulated among tourists visiting California/Amboy?
Like the dramatic effect in the sky.
Composition; its cool, elegantly composed with perspective.
Colours; contrast of orange against the blue, its effective.
snunney (72728) 2013-08-15 8:38
Great capture of this monstrous iron horse. Why is it American railroads have such romantic names compared to boring old British railways? I like very much the point of view with the signal gantry making an excellent frame and introducing a touch of graphism to the composition. Superb colours and clarity.
chrisg76 (277) 2013-08-15 8:40
Colours, sharpness and POV are marvelous!
macjake (45588) 2013-08-15 9:01
Its a wow photo for me.
Seriously, so sharp so clear, so colorful, such attractive colors, smart composition, llve the angle and point of view too. Love the clouds.....whats not to enjoy here! Job well done.
bartekp (4648) 2013-08-15 9:35
Superb composition and superb shot. Typical view for west USA.
I like down POV.
Have a nice evening
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-15 9:49
An absolute classic and iconic scene from the American West, Ann! Your genius in composition, of course, shows in your POV, putting the elevated lights and their scaffolding against the darker cloud -- BRILLIANT!
Rail cars (excuse me, "wagons," in English, I guess!) can be 50 to 90 feet long. Even at the short end of that range, a train of 100 wagons is about a mile long. We journey west from Austin occasionally, and it is not uncommon to see these extremely lengthy freight trains, which we've always presumed, at least when eastbound, to be hauling consumer goods produced in Asia and imported into California ports to markets across the middle of the country.
Let me again compliment the great composition, with the locomotives on a great diagonal, the "Big Sky" taking its proper proportion (of >2/3!), and the great little splash of the red and white crossing arm.
Thanks for sharing, Ann!
subhendu_bagchi (21090) 2013-08-15 9:51
excellent catch of the train. Nice colours and superb depth. The angle at right is a strong focal point to it. You captured it with a nice angular POV. A very well composed photo with this train. Tfs.
claudeD (26980) 2013-08-15 10:08
very fine railway picture showing this wonderful american train.I like your composition and the fine sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
gildasjan (39558) 2013-08-15 10:25
Une image très bien composée et ici un bel accord de couleurs entre cette locomotive orange et le bleu du ciel.
Energysavingelk (725) 2013-08-15 10:36
the difference between the comprehension of trains in U.S. and Europe can't be greater when you compare your photo with the one I just published.
Great railway photography: the image seems full of infrastructure though it has been taken in the desert. Might well be published in a European trains or model railway magazine.
Regards from Rhineland
serp2000 (33177) 2013-08-15 11:14
This is very provocative photo for me. I'd like to visit these places too. Thanks for so informative note and good illustration. Perfect quality... fantastic DoF, I think I have to move to 5D or 7D models.
Thanks for your friendly congratulations!
rbassin (13357) 2013-08-15 12:57
un bon point de vue sur ce train, couleurs et contrastes sont superbes.
Hansaphotos (6101) 2013-08-15 13:52
You captured the train from a very well chosen pov. A crisp and clear view and a clever inclusion of the signs and lights. The powerful yellow train really stands out as a colourful element in the barren landscape. Excellent work! TFS.
Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
jacquest (16426) 2013-08-15 14:32
The diagonal line makes it a poweful composition combined with the red signals guarding the raiway crossing. The orange color of the engines contrast against the perfect sky.
Royaldevon (21485) 2013-08-15 15:27
I love how you have managed to include the signals as well as the train; it really is a most wonderfully composed shot, the upside down 'L' shape almost framing the huge, buffalo-like engine.
The exposure is pin sharp with good saturation and a fine sense of perspective.
My warm regards,
tyro (15717) 2013-08-15 16:55
This is a beautifully clear shot which is certainly much better viewed at larger size and definition on the "old" beta version of TE where all its details can be fully appreciated.
Your composition is excellent with all the elements perfectly placed in the frame and in relation to one another - the orange locomotive and its never-ending line of trucks, the gantry with its red light and even the crossing sign.
An interesting note too. This, of course, is the way to transport heavy goods long distances overland. So why is it that the British, who were the inventors of the railway, now transport all their goods by road? Who's to blame? Dr. Beeching for drastically slashing our rail networks, or successive governments, or the rail companies for pricing themselves out of the market? Who knows?
Beautiful clear crisp natural colours, lovely bright light, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Periko (1389) 2013-08-15 19:58
Beautiful composition, nice colors and great note.
fabbs99 (11148) 2013-08-15 22:45
Nice shot from the side of the railway track.The yellow locomative looks regal as it approaches the level crossing.Good colors and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
ktanska (22686) 2013-08-16 4:39
Endlees lloking train on wide open desert landscape. This is the territory of BNSF. Orange engines make good contrast with blue sky. That traffic light portal gives good framing on the top right.
lousat (64213) 2013-08-16 9:23
Hi Ann,great capture and great timing too,the scenery is really beautiful and original,i like the perspective and the fantastic colors and details,very well done!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
wolf38 (29116) 2013-08-17 1:14
Hello Ann. An interesting photo. The proximity to Route 66 is of course an added plus to show such impressive freight railways. Fine composition and very nice light. The blue sky and small clouds complement the scene beautifully.
Graal (92168) 2013-08-17 1:19
interesting view of cargo train. Good composition, colors and informations in note. Photo I like.
Have a nice WE.
williewhistler (9873) 2013-08-17 1:59
what a lovely railroad shot,I`m almost transported into your shoes.
Your well considered view point has enabled you to compose a superb shot.Everything in the right place and pin sharp,a cracking photograph.
Best wishes Les.
speedymanu (3485) 2013-08-17 2:18
A very dynamic shot, with striking colors. You've really captured these iconic freight trains, with their sheer power and mass.
Nicou (105851) 2013-08-17 2:26
Quelle vue et compo sueprbe image de ce train jaune quel ciel en fond et image avec cette armature et le feu sueprbe image et compo.
Bravo et amitié
adidas5nb (2909) 2013-08-17 4:54
great pov.elements are framed and positioned so fantastically.great sharpness and colors.love the frame.
saxo042 (33930) 2013-08-17 7:30
I like the colours here! I remeber well those trains along Route 66, we seemed to meet one every 10th minute, with those 6 engines and 100 wagons. The good thing was that you didn´t see as many big trucks along the US Interstates as along the motorways in Europe, particularly in Germany.
romanaa (7644) 2013-08-17 13:25
another brilliant railway photo of yours. Great contrast of colours, beautiful clarity. I love the perspective that makes the train endless and as I read your note it is almost such.
zoomer (4227) 2013-08-17 18:34
Hello,this is a superbly detailed photo with great colors and clarity.Your composition relates the vast open spaces very well.Friendly regards,Wolf.
Romano46 (11535) 2013-08-18 3:43
sei bravissima nel creare delle belle composizioni con i soggetti più svariati.
In questa il treno si fonde perfettamente con le linee verticali ed orizzontali del passaggio a livello e del semaforo valorizzando un altro particolare splendido angolo dell'America che sai riprendere al meglio con i tuoi scatti.
Oltretutto hai saputo cogliere il treno con un tempismo perfetto inserendolo al meglio nella composizione, cosa non facile tenuto conto della velocità del soggetto.
Sei sempre più sorprendente e brava nelle tue riprese!
Complimenti! Un altro eccellente lavoro.
Ciao e buona domenica.
jemaflor (74078) 2013-08-18 23:46
Well composed with the two diagonals to give dynamic result, ^perfect light management nice colors for this interesting presentation.
krzychu30 (12719) 2013-08-19 9:38
great shot not only for railway enthusiasts!The train seen from this perspective looks really impressive.
You´ve chosen excellent angle and timing to capture it.
Also colors are delightful and help you to create so lovely graphical effect of the scene.
Have a nice evening
drt100 (2029) 2013-08-21 7:04
My father was the chief bridge engineer for BNSF out of Minneapolis for many years, thus I grew up around trains. My grandfather before him. I took a different path. But it is nice to see a simple train here and it seems many others here agree. TFS