Monday, May 10, 2010

my world tuesday #73: written orders


Be a virtual tour guide on That's My World Tuesday
I finally had to look this up because the curiosity was killing me.

Turns out that "humping" is a method of sorting and coupling (oh grow up!) freight cars to make up trains. The cars are pushed to the top of a man-made hill (a hump) and over the other side where a series of switches routes them to the proper train. This method is much faster than shuttling cars hither and yon with an engine, but isn't so friendly to certain types of cargo since the impact of the two cars slamming together can damage one or both. Cars with these kinds of loads are marked "Do Not Hump" so the crews will know to set them aside for special handling. (Source: )
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24 comments:

Robin said...

Ooooo-kay then. Will be sure not to hump. Not that I would have anyway, but now at least I have justification for my non-humping intentions.

Great catch Mojo.

Fireblossom said...

Well alrighty then.

Daryl said...

Oh the joy of being in the right place, at the right time, with a camera .. sublime!

magiceye said...

lol! great capture!

napaboaniya said...

ROFL!!!
I know a couple of dogs that should heed that message :P

Vita Stunder said...

Great catch!!

lisaschaos said...

Well I hope you obeyed! lol

Titanium said...

*snort*

Great catch- this is just hilarious!

Carver said...

Too funny. So much for the romance of the old style trains with elegant dining cars and sleeping compartments. Sort of like the "Murder on the Orient Express" era train. This sign graphically expressing the different era of today. Fantastic capture.

Sylvia K said...

What a hoot! I hope you're paying attention to the rules!! Terrific capture as always, Mojo! Love it! Of course, I did nearly choke on my lunch, but that's what I get for eating at the computer! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Where are the humpy areas ;) This truck is living in a dangerous world attacked by graffiti and humps

http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2010/05/10/My-World.aspx

ewok1993 said...

Just today and here, or ever?

This is the funniest sign.

noel said...

aloha,

thats a nice look at your world today, i love your innuendos and story.

a plantfanatic is where i have my current post for my world tuesday, come and visit.

Dave said...

Okay, will not hump, fantastic b&w photo.

chitowngreg said...

I wonder about this the same way I wonder about our "speed humps" in Chicago. Everyone else in the world has speed bumps. What gives?

ρομπερτ said...

What a very interesting entry. Thank you for teaching me something that I did not know before. Please have a wonderful Tuesday.

daily athens

caughtbymycamera said...

Funny. Never heard of this before.

Indrani said...

Very interesting capture, I am glad you explained. I would have never understood otherwise.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I'm much too old to understand the innuendo! (He's not attractive, anyway.)

ladyfi said...

LOL! Glad you explained what humping means in this context...

byron said...

Great pic! Posted this one to my Facebook wall!

Powell River Books said...

Funny sign, interesting story. - Margy

Jenn Jilks said...

It is good to be informed! I double check such... great shots.

Melissa said...

I love it. And now I know something strange that I never knew I didn't know. Beautiful shot, too.