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May 12, 2009
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May 11, 2009, 3:41:19 PM
Bag n a train by JDAWG9806 Bag n a train by JDAWG9806
This train is an example of one of the reasons they call this line the Race track lol.

This coal train was probably doing 65mph as it rolled through downtown LaGrange the old home of EMD (general Motors) who built this engine.

BTW there's a bag stuck in the tree hence the name lol.

LaGrange, IL
May 11, 2009
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Took me a few moments but I did finally spot the bag. I made several trips to 'Chicagoland' in the '80's and '90's just to photograph the local rail scene. It is indeed one huge 'hotspot' for railfans!
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot! Cool to see some from my "turf" !!! Ha, I see the bag!
justcallmesly Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
the *current* home to EMD
JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
yea but they dont build locomotives there now. you got to go to muncie indiana for that.
LordNegaduck Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Wow!! Tis looks like a great place to sit and watch the freight trains!! I used to sit at the West Trenton Rail Station watching and photographing trains, but the Ewing Township Police said that anyone who just stands at the train station for no other perpose than getting on or off a passenger train is loitering :rofl: Well, a bunch of us did make quite a stink about it saying that yes we do love to hang out at the train station to watch and photograph the freight trains but we ain't bothering anybody. Instead of pestering us, the Ewing Cops should be more worried about the drug dealers hanging out on the street corners throughout their precious township :rofl:

Very Nice Shot and tis looks like a really nice town too :D
JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Yeah I can't be on the stations property here, Metra is such a prick. Where we set up it was on the edge of a sidewalk under a tree and not one person bothered us, one actually was intrigued by me and a friend's hobby and asked when the steam engine is supposed to come by which is in July. The police station is right across the street from where I took this and they just smiled at us when they went by. I can't say the same for the city I live in who threw me in the back of a cop car for watching trains last year.
LordNegaduck Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
The Police actually through ya in the back of a Police Car for watching trains? :omg: :omg: :jawdrop: Excuse me, and :confused: :confused: I am just a wee bit confused here, but from your experience and me experience with Ewing, when did watching freight trains become a crime? I mean, I can see if we were trespassing on the tracks or even destroying property, but tis obvious that we are there to photograph trains. I don't know. Well actually the West Trenton Rail Station is on the old Reading Line is used by freight CSX to New York City and by SEPTA (Passenger) up to West Trenton to Philadelphia. But the station itself is actually not owned by the railroad or the township, but by a Architecture Firm that GAVE ME GROUP to stand on it's property to watch the freight trains!! People still use the platforms for boarding the SEPTA trains though. But since we can no longer meet in West TRenton, we all now go to Yardley where we are welcome and the cops are so much nicer because many of them are also rail fans themselves :rofl:
JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Fore more on that bad day last year [link]

I hardly even railfan here now even though I live just blocks away I don't even want to mess with it. I go to the next town over and railfan there now. The police are more friendly there, and one I know and he is a railfan.
LordNegaduck Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
I so agree with ya there, sometimes the cops of the smaller towns are much friendlier than the cops of the bigger towns or cities. :no: :no: Tis a real shame that ya were treated like a common criminal there as if ya were there to rob someone or breaking into cars. If ya were breaking some kind of law, all the cop had to do was inform ya and I'm quite sure that ya both would have gone your merry way. I really believe that sometimes the gun and the badge goes to their head sometimes, and they really relish the power that they have over you. But what is funny is that the silly cop DROVE AROUND THE GATES to check up on you :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: What a complete idiot :rofl: Well at least now we both have found spots where we can watch the trains, and not be hassled by cops :rofl: :rofl:

I will have to put up me rail photos :camera: and the neat thing about Burlington, New Jersey is the railroad track that is still heavily used by freight and passenger (light rail) that goes down the middle of Broad Street. Tis so neat to see 300 car freight trains going right down the middle of the street :rofl: Well one day, I was photographing the trains, and after they went by, I walked across the street to continue walking home. Well noticing some litter in the tracks, I bent down to pick it up the offending soda cans and beer cans and put them in a shopping bag and carried them home to throw in the recycling bucket. All of the sudden, I notice this cop following me closely from behind, then when I turned the corner, he went straight. Then I notice when I reached the next intersection, another cop follows me very closely and when I turn the corner, he turns with me and I notice two other cop cars are traveling the wrong way down the street I live on. The cop yelled...I SAW YOU STEALING!!! WHAT'S IN THAT BAG??????? I said, EXCUSE ME???? STEALING FROM WHO??? I picked up some soda and beer cans that some idiot threw in the tracks!! Gee, everywhere else in this country tis illegal to LITTER, but it must be ILLEGAL TO PICK UP THE LITTER IN NEW JERSEY!! :rofl: :rofl: And who would I be stealing from? The Railroad? CSX owns the soda cans :rofl: :rofl: COPS!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

But yes, possessing a scanner in a car is illegal in New Jersey as well :rofl: But that is for people who hear excitement on the street and suddenly race to the scene and what not. But that cop knew ya were obviously taking piccies and with the rail magazines there, he must have gathered ya were there to take piccies of trains :rofl: :rofl:
wolvesone Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
looks like a nice place to sit and wait for trains
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