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Railfan's worst nightmare. I've heard on multiple occasions that open doors on the front of an engine is a photographers worst nightmare. I never understood this. I don't prefer it, and it certainly doesn't enhance the shot, but I've never minded it to the extend that some fellow railfans do. To me its a reminds me of the rough and tough "get it done" adage that railroading embodies at times; "We don't have air conditioning, so we'll make our own".... Maybe I' just crazy, but I'll let you be the judge of that. 
Another thing I've heard on multiple occasions is how confusing and annoying Hamilton's streets can be. Many of the roads downtown and in the industrial area are one-way, which can make it tricky to get around quickly. However, driving home from work the one day, I realize I could make an asset out of this. With Wellington being a one-way street southbound, I knew the train would cut off the traffic providing the open view seen above. I like that you can still see P&H in the background (the lead to which also crosses Wellington St), a subtle reminder that I'm standing just outside Hamilton's industrious North End.
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Caption: Railfan's worst nightmare. I've heard on multiple occasions that open doors on the front of an engine is a photographers worst nightmare. I never understood this. I don't prefer it, and it certainly doesn't enhance the shot, but I've never minded it to the extend that some fellow railfans do. To me its a reminds me of the rough and tough "get it done" adage that railroading embodies at times; "We don't have air conditioning, so we'll make our own".... Maybe I' just crazy, but I'll let you be the judge of that.

Another thing I've heard on multiple occasions is how confusing and annoying Hamilton's streets can be. Many of the roads downtown and in the industrial area are one-way, which can make it tricky to get around quickly. However, driving home from work the one day, I realize I could make an asset out of this. With Wellington being a one-way street southbound, I knew the train would cut off the traffic providing the open view seen above. I like that you can still see P&H in the background (the lead to which also crosses Wellington St), a subtle reminder that I'm standing just outside Hamilton's industrious North End.

Photographer:
Mark MacCauley [104] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/21/2019 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4776 (search)
Train Symbol: 1400 Yard Job (search)
Subdivision/SNS: N&NW Spur (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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9 Comments
  1. I don’t mind open doors at all, can’t afford to be picky at the rate I go out railfanning.

  2. Really neat angle Mark!

    4116 nose sticking out is good timing too.

  3. LOL@ AW..i cannot confirm or deny that rumour ????

  4. @awmooney & jknott86 when 246 came down the Hamilton Sub with the CP heritage 7014 (I think you were both out for that?), when they met the Northbound train that crew said “you’ve got a ditch light burnt out”, to which 246 said “yeah I hear they [foamers] hate that, maybe we should open the door too” Hahaha, well know fact amount the railways I suppose.

    @Stuart and @Stephen, I can’t remember if I was in the middle of the street, it’s so hard to tell from that angle….. Honestly though, I have almost been run over from cars from Ferrie St.

  5. Hahahahah Oh boy. Someone’s grounded. HAHAH

    I’ve done this shot a half dozen times, and you just have to make sure no traffic comes from that street at top right :) And hopefully not in the way of your shot.

    Plus telephoto lens.. The real challenge is how far back do you stand and teleboom in? The further south you go the more traffic that has to clear :)

    It’s a tough one for sure but one way street makes it much easier.

  6. So………..you’re standing in the middle of the road???!!! What about traffic from the side street??????

  7. Lucky stiff!!! :o )

  8. I’m with Mark – have said it before on my own posts on here that I don’t mind of it’s open.

    Last May on the Humberstone they shut the door when they saw me out with my camera. I didn’t mind it was open but the thoughtfulness of the gesture was most appreciated.

  9. A very interesting image. Rather unlike anything I have managed around Hambone; but then, I just plum do not like the place. :o )
    Not a fan of those open doors, either. There was a rumour circulating amongst the guys some years ago that the conductor opened the door just to annoy us photographers trackside. Doubt there was any more substance to that than the claim (and I make it) good trains only run in lousy weather.

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