Tuesday, October 11, 2011
It's Not All About You
I had an interesting encounter in the afternoon of October 6. You may recall that at noon time I saw a pile o' trains. On my way home I spotted the Central Manitoba Railway (CEMR) train waiting to cross the Perimeter Highway at Oak Bluff.
When they are headed to their Carman subdivision, they take the CN Rivers subdivision to Carman Junction. The conductor dismounts and manually lines the switch for the Carman sub and the train rolls through and doesn't stop. The conductor then lines the switch back for the main line and gets a taxi to take him/her to the head end of the train, which by then will be waiting at the location shown in the above photo.
Anyway, to take the shot above, I pulled onto the shoulder and took a few shots. I noticed that they were starting to move, so I hopped back in my car and pulled ahead until I was a few car lengths on the other side of the crossing, on the shoulder again. I hopped out again and took the shot below, just as the lights came on.
At that same moment, a white panel van screeched to a halt at the crossing, then pulled over right behind my car and almost on my toes. The driver angrily beckoned me over to his passenger side window. Curious, I went over. This is essentially how the conversation went:
Driver: What are you doing?
Me: Taking pictures of trains.
Driver: Were you taking a picture of me?
Me: No... I was taking a picture of the train.
Driver: Well, the lights came on and I had to come to a stop and I didn't see any train. Did you do that?
Me: ... um... no...
Driver: Did you take a picture of me?
Me: No, you can look at my camera if you want, there are no pictures of you. I was taking photos of that train.
Driver: What train?
Me: (pointing over his left shoulder) That one.
Driver: Oh. I didn't see it. You're sure you didn't take any pictures of me?
Me: I guarantee it.
Then off he drove.
Part of me wishes I had more time to talk with him. I really just wanted him to leave so I could continue shooting the train. If I had more time, I would have pointed out that I could take photos of him if I wanted to and there was nothing he could do or say about it... but I just wanted the van out of the way.
I missed a few opportunities but fortunately the train was going slowly, so I could get this one of them crossing the highway.
Nice friendly wave from the conductor, which is more than I can say I got from the van's driver. Sheesh.