Dramatic clouds and a low angle add some interest to this wedgie shot of a Union Pacific Railway train sitting outside of Nipton, Calif. in the far Eastern Mojave Desert.

I have been photographing trains, I think, forever. I remember taking a snapshot, with my dad’s old camera, of a big black train tearing by while I was still in high school.

There is this adrenaline rush, a natural high as the train passes; horns screaming, crossing bells going off, the ground rumbling. Did you know you can stand at a crossing and scream as loud as you can, and you can’t hear it over the engine noise?

It is a very primal feeling.

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