|A Foggy Night at the Ljubljana – Zalog Hump Yard Part 2 by Misko Kranjec|
|During this time a night supervisor popped in. For a while he watched me with the inquisitive eyes, and then he couldn't resist - he came to me:
"Who the hell are you and what are you doing here?"
"Oh, nothing special, just taking photos…"
"Yeah, I see that, but why, and who allowed you to be here?"
" I'm photographing for the company newspaper; don't worry, I have the papers…"
"Are you sure?"
"Sure, I wouldn't lie to you"
"OK then. Do you know whose responsibility will be, if anything happens to you?"
"Sure I know – mine, just mine"
"Well, take care!"
"You bet, I love myself…"
Well, shortly afterwards his concern would be almost justified when jumping on a moving switcher I almost slipped off the icy footstep while grabbing with one hand for the equally icy grab iron, and preventing the camera to bump into something with the other. Fortunately I remained on the step, and after taking somewhat deeper breath I climbed into the cab.
"Hi, I'll ride with you for a while", I greeted the engineer.
"Welcome, take a seat", he returned the greeting, pointing at the empty assistant's place.
Next hour I spent in the warm cab, speaking with the guy mostly about the photography and the digital cameras (I'm always amazed how many of our railroaders have the digital cameras, of P&S variety of course, but still…), and taking the photos of him and the switchmen on the ground, while we were trimming the cars in the bowl. When we finished and we started the ride back to the hump, I walked the gangway to the front of the long hood, where the herder was standing. I took few portraits of him and then, leaning with one elbow on the hood, I tried to take the portrait of the engineer framed by the cab window – almost an impossible task on the vibrating and swaying locomotive and at ¼ of a sec. Fortunately the floodlights, illuminating the retarders, gave me enough light to rise the shutter speed to 1/60 sec and get one sharp photo.
Returning from the bowl I hanged around the hump for a while, and then I decided to move to the opposite – east side of the yard, to see what I can get at the departure yard. I didn't hope for much, as I saw many trains already departing and I knew there wasn't much left or at least they couldn't have many more locomotives on the stand-by.
Indeed, there were only three trains remaining, one Koper-bound with the Brigitte motor on the power end, another one, obviously Austria-bound as it had the ÖBB (Austrian Railways) Taurus multi-system motor coupled to it (with the wintertime timetable, effective from December 10th, an interoperability agreement between the SZ and the ÖBB became operative and now both railroads interchange the locomotives), and a local job bound to Novo Mesto on the non-electrified secondary mainline, requiring thus a diesel on the head end.
|Back To World Class Photography|