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Trains Passing in the Night

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 18 February 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

About ten years ago - someone figured out that turning these trains around at the terminal was just a big waste of time. Having a control car at the opposite end of the train fixed that. From that day on- Amtrak trains heading west ran with the engine in front - as it properly should be. Heading east - the engine is pushing and the train goes 'backwards' towards its destination.

So it is here, that both of these trains are leaving Martinez in opposite directions. The train at the right is "San Jaoquin" #718 - being pushed heading east to Bakersfield. The train in front is Capitol Corridors train #747 - heading away from me - west - towards Oakland.

Canon 5D mkII w/Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 "L" lens: ISO 640 - at 23mm - f/11 - 2.5 seconds

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

I really do love these ghost trains, great

18 Feb 2011 6:19am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Just a shadow, very good!

18 Feb 2011 8:09am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

These get better, this is a stronger picture with the solid body of the train in the foreground.

18 Feb 2011 9:35am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The sensation of speed of the train is magnificently returned. Your black and white are magnificent Stephen

18 Feb 2011 9:39am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Just an strange sensation of the spirit

18 Feb 2011 10:11am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great capture !!

18 Feb 2011 12:05pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love the perspective and a very creative capture of the speed of light!

18 Feb 2011 12:30pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Magnificent movement shot Stephen, and the fact that the San Jaoquin tricks the casual observor into thinking it is moving into the frame instead of out of the frame actually causes a mental dislocation when viewing the other train which is leaving but the mind thinks it is approaching...All kinds of wizadry and marvelous stop action stuff going on here Mr P...beautiful job sir!

18 Feb 2011 3:20pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny - I do enjoy these. A final capture in Martinez tomorrow and then I think I'll post a more subtle color image on Sunday. It was taken last Saturday about 10 miles west of here in the town of Pinole.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I know Pinole :-)
Have a good one Stephen!

18 Feb 2011 5:04pm

pete from Australia

another interesting image, looks good with the stationary and the blurred trains, thanks for visiting...

19 Feb 2011 2:17am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This is a fantastic series! The shutter speed on this is a lot faster than I would have expected.

19 Feb 2011 3:02am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Wonderful shutter speed! Great composition and wonderful night shot with the glowing lights! Well done!!!!

19 Feb 2011 4:18am