Friday, February 12, 2010

Locomotive Engineers



I live in the suburb and even though I don't like driving very much in this overcrowded city, I take the car or motorbike to go to work. Only every now and then do I take the KRDE Baraya Geulis commuter train, especially when I am not in a hurry and don't have to be at a particular place on time. (Baraya Geulis is clean and comfortable, but it runs only six trips a day and is quite often delayed, so as much as I want to, I can't rely on it.)

A few days ago, I took this train and was sitting in the front-most car where the engineer cabin/cockpit is. There were only a few passangers in the car, so I could get close to the engineer cabin and took this photo from behind the glass window.

Locomotive engineer is called with different names in the English language: railroad engineer, train driver, train operator, and engine driver. In the Indonesian language, they are called masinis.

5 comments:

arabesque said...

i don;t think we have a specific name here, we just call them as engineers.
both of the masinis looks unhurried with their driving though.

Photo Cache said...

that's nice that they allowed you to go that close and take some photos.

the donG said...

wow! i would love to ride one time on a train on the front window. that'll definitely be great. but not really working there as it might be quite boring seeing the same route everyday.

Dina said...

That is great you could get the forward view from the front.

Are there always two men driving?

Catherine said...

Interesting picture of the 2 train drivers. I'm with Dina....I wonder why they 're 2. Here, one is enough, and we even get one subway line without driver. Bad for unemployment ! More and more, mechanics are automated....