My family and I often go out to watch trains. Seriously. We will drive to a railroad track and wait for trains. In fact, some of our first dates were getting fast food and waiting by the railroad tracks. Anyway, one spring day, we found a new place from which to watch trains. I have compiled some of these photos, and while not as artistic as other train photos I have taken, they serve as documentation of some of the engines when they passed through Belen, NM. A friend of mine said Belen was a 90 train per day location, so in the few short hours we were there, we saw a lot of trains- some of which I did not photograph
One of the things that struck me about moving out west was that one could see the entire length of a freight train. As a kid in Maryland, we could only see a few cars at a time as the train ran through the woods or around hills. I do like these head-on shots of the entire train and the distortions due to the exhaust heat.
BNSF 7269 was the lead engine approaching my location in the previous shots.
BNSF 5114 was a few minutes later.
BNSF 6807 was a few minutes later.
BNSF 7493 arrived before I could get in a better position for taking photographs.
BNSF 7889 gave me an opportunity to take a few more head-on shots. Several of these remind me of those “vanishing point” type drawings that I did in middle school, where all horizontal lines trail to a vanishing point in the distance.
Finally, I hate vandalism. I hate when someone bothers another person’s things. Having said that, some of the graffiti that I have seen on train cars is pretty neat. These were very colorful, and they contrasted the scenery well.