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Flying Blind by shenanigan87 Flying Blind by shenanigan87
This is the train that took me home after I shot this:

Quite interesting how different a driver's reaction to a railfan can be. Some are rather enthusiastic, they toot their horn, they flash their lights, or wave at you.

This one however was apparently scared of the big bad railfan. I admit that I was wearing a black hat, which made me look very very very menacing. A bit like this, even with the very same jacket.

So the driver pulled down the sun visors as far as they'd go. And then pulled them up again just after he passed me. I found it a bit laughable to be honest, almost like covering your face whenever you see a tourist with a camera near the Cologne Cathedral. Imagine if his wife finds these on the internet, him driving around in his girlfriend's locomotive!


I did think about running down the platform to shoot the train again, just to see how he'd react, but I don't want to provoke anyone. Whenever I post photos on DSO where one could see a driver's face, I usually smudge it, before someone complains about me invading his privacy. My fave situation of this sort was that of a conductor, sitting in the cab car at the back of the train as it pulled away from me and some other railfans. We shot the train, as usual, and afterwards noticed that the conductor had apparenlty ducked down behind the dashboard. Could make an animated gif out of that one...

Of course, things did get ugly once, when a driver, not the one in the arriving train but the one who was about to take it over, told me about how photography was prohibited, how I'd get my camera taken away, and whether I wouldn't have anything better to do. He got a letter of complaint, and I got an apology from DB.
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Simillar thing has happened to me on the past weekend on the Lisbon subway... it was quite "funny", as I was recording a video of the subway arriving, then I took a photo and then the train driver lowers the "sun visor" and I took another shot... Conclusion: I caught the train driver anyways. :XD: =P Though it has happened to me in other many ocasions. Some are great, others are, well, like this. ;)
Nice shot. :)
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it happened to me in subway systems as well. One driver pulled down the sun visor despite being in a tunnel, while another driver smiled and waved. :XD:
Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
On the other day it happened to me again with a subway train driver. =P He pulled down his sun visor... even though I have actually caught him in the video arriving, I still caught him inside the cab getting up to lower the sun visor and then I caught him with the sun visor down... lol, specially for the photo! :XD:
While some do, actually, smille and wave. That remembers me about today's night really... I knew the train driver who was going to pass through a station I was at, though I didn't told him I was there.. once the train came, I waved at him and he horned at me, even with 2 lines distance! :XD: [the train passed on platform 3, and I was at platform 1 ]. My friend wasn't even believing that the train driver actually saw me... =P
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That is kinda laughable... :XD:

But good story on the second driver. :)

I got this here today: [link] ;)
Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Hehe, yeah. =P ;)

That train driver looked really friendly! :D ;)

In the other day I didn't noticed, though I saw the train driver moving his arms down to the cab controlers after horned at some friends at me... one of my friends told me he was doing like shooting with a gun and then the fire was the horn! :XD:
SwissTrain Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
hehe I echt jetzt ? Habe ja schon einiges gehört und auch selber erfahren aber das ist mir neu :)
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wovon gehört? Dass manche Leute nen Röntgenblick haben müssen? :D
SwissTrain Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
ach was haben müssen dieser lokführer hat x-ray augen im x-men style :D sicher der zwillingsbruder von cyclops
DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont like my picture taken but gesshh, I think they are a little paranoid!!
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's all down to the hat, I'm sure! Or he's a celebrity, trying to hide in the role of a driver.
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March 1, 2011
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Feb 20, 2011, 12:00:44 PM
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