The Nitty Gritty of Railroading

Railfan photographers tend to pay scant attention to the details of railroading.

The typical photograph shows the lead locomotive of a train with, perhaps, at least some of the freight or passenger cars following it.

But less often does the photographer zoom in on the intricate details of the equipment.

There is much to see and study in images that zero in on the elements of railroads.

Such is the case with this image of the wheels of a Canadian Pacific AC44CW banging the diamonds of the crossing of the CSX Pemberville Subdivision with the Fostoria District of Norfolk Southern.

Everything in the image is a uniform shade of brown, but there is much detail to examine in the track and locomotive trucks.

Such detail might be lost on trackside observers, but a breakdown of one of those components could disrupt a railroad’s operations.

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