2014
May 
18

Artists vs Foamers

Filed under: General — admin @ 10:43 AM  

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Not one of my creations… model or otherwise. It’s a real hopper that I’ve seen about three times now roll through town on the BNSF main. Finally got a good shot of it.

For you non-railroad buffs, Foamer is the accepted term for a diehard railfan who can be found trackside with his camera. By that definition, I must be one myself, eh? Generally, they are the Baby Boomer generation (or older). These conservatives like their trains in clean condition – and free of graffiti. I can’t emphasize that more. That’s where I differ however.

A graffiti tagger, in their underground circles, is called an Artist. They just are. Doesn’t matter if they suck at it or not. This is what they call each other. It is safe to say that Artists don’t care for Foamers – and Foamers loathe Artists!

Which is the whole point behind the artwork on this hopper. Fortunately, the wording is legible and large enough to be seen from a short distance. Is this graffiti making devoted railfans upset…? Well… short answer, YES. I happened to post it in a discussion board full of Foamers – and you might say it touched a nerve! First, because it was graffiti. Second, because the tagger had the gall to say Foamer.

It will be interesting to see how a Foamer will retaliate – visually.

2014
May 
4

Frosty Uncle Petesicle

Filed under: General — admin @ 12:27 PM  

We had a few pretty frigid days this past Winter. When I took off my gloves to shoot this picture, I knew it had to have been cold early that morning. I’ve never seen this before. Radiator leakage?

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