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Old Jul 5, 2010, 6:41 PM   #1
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Default Got Cell? Caboose Farms

This ones for you calr. Just driving through the country side and there it was.

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Old Jul 5, 2010, 7:46 PM   #2
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Well, the railroads don't use them anymore so somebody might as well get some good use out of them. The caboose has been replaced by a small electronic box with a flashing red light that is mounted on the coupler of the last car in a train.

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Old Jul 5, 2010, 8:16 PM   #3
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Yes, no more Cabooses. All that is left is FRED. All the romance is almost gone, someday (probably sooner than some think) even the engineer will no longer be there. I can remember as a kid waving to the engineer (and getting a horn honk from him) and then waving to the people in the caboose. Now kids donít even know what a caboose was.

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...Now kids donít even know what a caboose was...
Hm,
I didn't know about the caboose, in Europe there's a special section in one wagon mostly for staff people. You learn something new every day!

And thanks for sharing - nice image!

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Old Jul 6, 2010, 9:05 AM   #5
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Yes, no more Cabooses. All that is left is FRED. All the romance is almost gone, someday (probably sooner than some think) even the engineer will no longer be there. I can remember as a kid waving to the engineer (and getting a horn honk from him) and then waving to the people in the caboose. Now kids donít even know what a caboose was.

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Commuter trains in Vancouver, BC and San Francisco (BART) are run entirely by computer and the central dispatcher. There may be a human in the control cab of the trains but he doesn't do anything. He/she is just there because people get scared when nobody is up front "driving". That FRED unit used on freight trains does more than just flash a red light. It also monitors the air pressure in the brake lines and radios the information to the engineer up front. That way, the engineer always knows whether or not there is adequate air pressure at the rear of the train.

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Old Jul 6, 2010, 8:41 PM   #6
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Yes the FRED is more than just a flashing light, like the caboose was more than a place to hang the lantern and a place for the conductor to ride. The brakeman gone, fireman gone, conductor all gone and with them some of the history and nostalgia of how the world was built. The engineerís primary job now is to push a button to say they are still awake. Yes they are to keep the speed of the train to a given speed by braking or applying power but if they donít the system will first tell them to do that and if they donít do it for them. They could be replaced now making the system cheaper and safer like replacing the others has made the system cheaper and safer now. I am not a train fan I just lament how many donít know how the world works now let alone how many donít how the world use to work. The problem with this is many now making the decisions now not only donít know the sacrifices made for them (and thus the sacrifices that may be still needed to be made) but end up rewriting history to some PC standard (and then losing the lessons of history). This doesnít bode well for making good decisions about the future.

All off topic so now back to importune things like photography.

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Old Jul 7, 2010, 4:31 AM   #7
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That's an appealing composition and the colors really go together nicely.
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