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BNSF Railway crew switching with hand signals in Portland, Oregon (editor's title)

BNSF job 101 foreman using hand signals to ease SW10 no. 3613 into a cut boxcars on a rainy day at the 12th Street Yard in Portland, Oregon.
The foreman of BNSF Railway job 101 in Portland, Oregon, using hand signals to ease locomotive no. 3613 into a cut of boxcars at the 12th Street Yard. Ubiquitous in the days before radio communication, hand signals (and nighttime lantern signals) are becoming rare due to advances in technology and changes in business practices as railroads focus more on long-distance hauls. The cars in this photo are destined for the nearby Holman Distribution warehouse, the last major customer in a once-bustling urban switching district. At its peak, the 12th Street Yard handled dozens of cars daily; in 2011 it sees only a handful once per week.
Source Kyle Weismann-Yee, Portland, Oregon
Coverage Spatial, Portland, Oregon; Temporal, January 4, 2010
Rights Kyle Weismann-Yee
Date Created 2010-01-04
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Extent 10.1 megapixels RAW file
Depicted Railroad
Location Portland, Oregon
Depicted Occupation
Train Type Freight train
Equipment, Locomotive SW10 no. 3613
Builder, locomotive Electro-Motive Division, General Motors
Creator Description Kyle Weismann-Yee grew up in Portland, Oregon, but took his first railroad photos while visiting Japan as a middle school student. He undertook photography more seriously upon graduation from high school in 2004, and he has gravitated towards overlooked railroad operations throughout the northwest, particularly shortlines, branchlines, and industrial switching districts. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in ethnic studies, a field he hopes to pursue in the nonprofit sector.
Collection Kyle Weismann-Yee Collection
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