Saturday, April 16, 2011

Brute force

GENERAL ELECTRIC ES44C4 ON POINT OF INTERMODAL STACK TRAIN, LA PLATA, MISSOURI, APRIL 5, 2011

Pentax K20D
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300 at 300mm
1/350 sec. f13
ISO 400

That long, long Burlington Northern Santa Fe stack train is being pulled by four 4,400 horsepower diesel locomotives, with an additional two 3,600 horsepower engines pushing on the rear -- a total of 24,800 horses. The foreshortening of the long lens, to me, just adds even more brute force to the composition. The leading locomotive is less than a year old. Click for desktop-sized version.

1 comment:

Yvon Bourque said...

Henry,
Trains are also a favorite subject of mine. Near where I live, there are two very interresting locations to watch trains. The Cajon pass and the Tehachapi loop where the trains actually have to go through a serious change in elevation. Google both places, if you don't already know about their existance.