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Louisville & Nashville Freight Train Passing Railroad Crossing, 1981 (editor's title)

L&N freight train at grade crossing
Northward Louisville & Nashville Railroad intermodal freight train passing a road crossing on the W&A Subdivision at Smyrna, Georgia, on April 19, 1981. W&A stands for "Western & Atlantic," an L&N predecessor of Civil War fame from the "Great Locomotive Chase." Two signs protect the unsignaled crossing, a standard "crossbuck" at far right and a state-specific sign to its left, which reads, "Georgia Law Stop Unsafe R.R. Crossing." Different railroads and different states once displayed numerous different railroad crossing warnings, but most have since been standardized to the crossbuck, often accompanied by flashing lights and, sometimes, automatic gates.
Source George W. Hamlin, Fairfax, Virginia
Coverage Spatial, Smyrna, Georgia; Temporal, April 19, 1981
Rights George W. Hamlin
Date Created 1981-04-19
Creator
Resource Type
Format
Classification
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Smyrna, Georgia
Equipment, Locomotive U30C #1480 and mate; GP-series
Builder, locomotive GE and EMD
Creator Description George Hamlin has been taking railroad photographs since 1956. Beginning with a Kodak "Brownie," he progressed to 35mm in 1964 with the acquisition of an Argus C-3 "Brick." Photographing primarily in black and white until 1970, George then switched to color and Nikon cameras, first with slides and now with digital. His work has been published in a number of rail-oriented periodicals and books, beginning with Trains magazine in 1963. He also has been photographing airliners since the late 1960s, and contributes to both the trade and hobby press in this field, as well. George lives in northern Virginia where he works as an aviation/transportation consultant.
Collection George W. Hamlin Collection
Image ID rr3130
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