Chuck Carstensen  

Jackson 6700 Switch Tamper  by Chuck Carstensen

July 2021 - Jackson 6700 Switch Tamper

July 2021 - Chuck Carstensen


About the Image(s)

Saw this machine in operation at a railroad track nearby. It is a railroad track maintenance machine that lifts the ties and the track to make the track even and solid with the ballast/gravel. An unusual looking piece of railroad equipment. It weighs 70,000 pounds and can adjust up to 22 ties per minute. Powered by a 250 HP Diesel engine. Fujifilm XPro2, 23mm lens, ISO 800, 1/350, f/13.
Post Processed in Luminar AI BW conversion. I added the sky and the eagle.

9 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You did a good job of converting this to monochrome and I love the addition of the eagle. You have nice range of tones and the machine is very sharp. What a great sky to add interest to your photo! I would suggest cropping the bottom of the photo to eliminate most of the grasses. For me, they don't add anything to your photo and in fact, pull my eye down and away from your subject.   Posted: 07/12/2021 11:32:52

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Similar to Cindy's thoughts although I might suggest even more emphasis on the equipment with a small crop on the right side and cropping the sky to really focus on the equipment. Saw one in action once. Very impressive.   Posted: 07/13/2021 15:04:02
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Cindy and Karl great critique. I did make your suggested changes and added a touch of vignetting. Take a look. Better, thanks.   Posted: 07/14/2021 11:23:19
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Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Like it. I'd almost dump the eagle but that's me. You have plenty of them where you are, we don't.
Amazing how intricate rail equipment is. I need to put a visit to a rail museum, or better yet a railroad repair facility on my bucket list.   Posted: 07/14/2021 11:54:53
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like this new edit very much. Nice work!   Posted: 07/17/2021 10:18:35

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Hey, Karl, better yet is fire up YouTube on your TV and do a search on Jackson 6700. There are many videos of how this thing works. Interesting fact is the machine can lift the railroad track by … of an inch. Also, one track or both. I'm nuts about railroad stuff and trains.   Posted: 07/14/2021 13:49:33

Kerry Koenig
I enjoy that I am seeing something for the first time therefore it brings up a lot of questions in my mind. I like the tighter cropping. I wish there were people around it working it so I could see it in action and understand it's purpose. It makes me look at it's parts and think up scenarios of what it might do. A provocative photo is good. The eagle is nice but not necessary and may detract a bit. Great.   Posted: 07/16/2021 14:28:54
Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Kerry, that baby is in full speed working. Slow going. It has one operator. You cannot see him in the cab. The purpose for this machine is to raise the rails one tie at a time. It is laser guided and extremely accurate. To see it live go to YouTube and search on Jackson 6700 There are lots of videos. Im glad you are interested.   Posted: 07/16/2021 17:06:28

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Chuck, I really like your edits incorporating Cindy's and Karl's suggestions. I think the sky and the eagle add to the story - nature vs. human ingenuity. The monochrome really works well.   Posted: 07/16/2021 15:05:03


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