A Distant Signal

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Barstow, CA

BNSF Yard

 
   
 

2002, Judd Spittler

Hump yards are a fascinating concept .  The cars being sorted come one-by-one down the inclined track at the top of the shot  Switches direct each car to the track assigned to its next destination.  The "dark" areas seen next to the tracks in the upper part of the photo are brake mechanisms used to control car speeds.  Certain rail cars can't be sorted in a hump yard.  Those cars are usually labeled "Do Not Hump".

February 14, 2002, 3:49 PM
1/139 sec - f4.4 - ASA (auto)
Nikon Coolpix 995 (digital)
TC-E3ED 3X telephoto converter
279 mm (35mm equivalent)