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photoblog image Pushing out of Tucson...

Pushing out of Tucson...

                          The rail tracks follow the road for quite a way out of Tucson.  This loco' is at the rear of the train, there were four loco's at the front, a couple of miles away. There is just one driver at the front who controls all the engines by radio control.

Pushing out of Tucson...

                          The rail tracks follow the road for quite a way out of Tucson.  This loco' is at the rear of the train, there were four loco's at the front, a couple of miles away. There is just one driver at the front who controls all the engines by radio control.

comments (14)

i have often wondered how they control or manage the power output various locomotives, Frank. i know that some other trains (perhaps the multiple coupled trainsets of mainland Europe and certainly the metro trains of Singapore) have the option to set one train as the master and the others as slaves. the mechanical coupling also contains some communication interface.
Frank L Croston.: I don't know a lot about it, Ayush, just we have a friend who is an expert ( he has a great model railway too ) who explained it all to me. The size of the trains here never ceases to amaze me, and annoy when I'm stuck at a crossing!
  • sherri
  • Arkansas, USA
  • 21 Feb 2018, 01:08
i always like seeing the engines with the flag flying

your image is beautifully composed
Frank L Croston.: Me too, it reminds me where I am smile Thank you, Sherri, a certain amount of luck involved in the composition.
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 21 Feb 2018, 03:20
How good is that!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Ray.
Good ol' BNSF... Great shot, Frank - I love that heavy sky!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks for keeping Roxy straight, Ell' ! It was a great sky.
Wonderfully dramatic against that sky and mountain range, Frank. Even I could get into trains like this. smile
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Ginnie, I'm still trying to convince, Elizabeth smile
Magnifique prise de vue avec ce ciel chargé
Impressionnant de voir ces anciens trains , toute une époque ..et j'aime !
Bonne journée
Frank L Croston.: Thank you very much, Claudine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Feb 2018, 06:35
Terrific things aren't they Frank, keeping the American economy going like nothing else could..
Frank L Croston.: I like em' Chris, its a thrill when one passes close by!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Feb 2018, 06:45
Fabulous! I always wondered how they controlled all the locos. I assumed they were all hard-wired together but that would make no sense in view of the variety of wagons in the train. Radio control is the obvious answer. A cracking sky, too.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Alan. I wondered how they did it, a friend of Elizabeth's explained it to me.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 Feb 2018, 06:48
Did I really read that they are that length, Frank?
Frank L Croston.: Yes you did, Elisabeth, some are longer if they are empty trucks.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 21 Feb 2018, 07:35
Superb photograph Frank. The sky alone is terrific but with the train and the distant mountains it is full of interest.
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Andrew, pleased you like it.
It is hard to imagine a train 2 miles long
Frank L Croston.: Not when you are waiting at a crossing its not ! smile
I think the car may be carrying live animals.
Frank L Croston.: Don't think so, Mary, I've never seen that here.
Terrific shot Frank, one must have to be there and see one of these enormous trains to actually believe they exist.
Frank L Croston.: Until you see one they take some believing, Brian.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Feb 2018, 21:11
lovely muted tones
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Paul, done through Photomatix.

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