End Of Train

An end-of-train device (also know as a "FRED") hangs on the end of a southbound train traveling on Union Pacific's Chester Subdivision. For those who may not know, these devices are what replaced railway cabooses. They transmit information about the train, such as air brake pressure, to the locomotive, where the crew can see the information.

I have always liked photographing trains along this rail line. With the wide openness of the farming fields in this area a person can see and capture an entire mile-long train in a single image.

Photo taken: November 6, 2005. Chalfin Bridge, Illinois.
Photo © Tom Gatermann.


  1. Doesn't look as neat as a caboose though. Miniaturization at work again.

    Thanks for explanation Tom

    1. I agree, Jim. Cabooses have a human connection, which is completely lost with this small electronic device.


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