Posted by Mitch Goldman on April 5, 2014 
Free advertising for the tagger - cool! Would it be kinda neat on your car, you think?
Posted by puhlman on April 5, 2014 
I'd venture to say it got vandalized in SLO
Posted by on April 6, 2014 
Absolutely shameful.
Posted by kyle.r.martin on April 6, 2014 
What does it say? Now if the RRs would come to an agreement with graffiti artists where they could use the cars as canvas keeping the company's name/reporting marks visible while they create their images I think it would be beneficial for everyone. The artist gets to create, the average person will have a 2-3 minute art show while waiting for the train to pass and he railroad will be in high profile for moving all kinds of works of art across the country. Of course no vulgar language or nude images but you get what I'm saying. Right?
Posted by J.PO on April 6, 2014 
Ha, calm down. Look, the amount of views this photo has generated has proven that this is a locomotive of interest. Also, i don't believe you can compare my personal vehicle to one of 1000's owned by a fortune 500 company.
Posted by Cullen J. Reid on April 6, 2014 
This is not "neat" at all. It is pure vandalism and destruction of private property. If the person who did this is ever caught, he should be made to pay for a total repaint of the unit.
Posted by John Carter on April 6, 2014 
Seems to be just promoting criminal vandalism
Posted by Andrew on April 6, 2014 
Mitch, they are vandals, not taggers. There is no difference in what they do here with paint and what happens to a window with a brick. Sid's comments on photo number sums up to-days thoughts about smart dress sense.
Posted by Gene Butler on April 6, 2014 
I think it is called stupid! They have to treaspass to do this so lets help them out by publishing stuff like this! NOT!
Posted by Thomas on April 6, 2014 
Southern California heritage unit.
Posted by Sid Vaught on April 6, 2014 
Maybe their utilization rate is too low. Or more likely, their security guy as after somebody with a camera. I would not say this about UP but when you live next to certain railroads you are happy to just see color. If it's WATCO you are delighted just to see paint.
Posted by Joe Green on April 6, 2014 
Complaining about graffiti is like complaining about the sun rising. It happens daily and cant be stopped....
Posted by Dana M. on April 6, 2014 
To respond to Joe Green, complaining about graffiti does nothing is right - however there is something that can be done about it, it's called "Graffiti proof" paint. If the railroads would put the money and time into purchasing the stuff, they wouldn't have this problem. The railroads have been complaining for years about this problem, yet they won't invest in the solution. Also, there is something called "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" which seems to not be conveyed to the young minds full of mush in elementary schools anymore. When I was growing up we were actually taught that to respect people and property and that this kind of vandalism was WRONG! If parents were parents and would teach their kids respect from the time they're born to when they reach ninth grade, maybe there wouldn't be this much of a problem! Either way, there IS something to do about it!
Posted by Sean McNally on April 6, 2014 
Very Sad. How do they get that off?
Posted by on April 6, 2014 
I support vandalism, more vandalism I say!
Posted by Sean McNally on April 6, 2014 
You support the destruction and vandalism of public property.
Posted by J.PO on April 6, 2014 
I don't think people who tag up trains routinely go on and look at gratified trains to get off, thus i don't think that i am promoting vandelism. If they did perhaps, maybe they would get a kick at how many cranky old white people who have been offended.
Posted by Sean McNally on April 6, 2014 
Very well put now that I realize it there are not many pictures of trains with graffiti
Posted by Sean McNally on April 6, 2014 
Very well put now that I realize it there are not many pictures of trains with graffiti
Posted by partneylr777 on April 7, 2014 
A great picture of a shameful act. When did mutilated engines become prideful? The act should not be glorified at the expense of a great railroad and engine type.
Posted by Steve Hastings on April 8, 2014 
In response to J.PO, I'm offended and apparently I'm a cranky old white person. Do you have a problem with this ?
Posted by Mike on April 8, 2014 
There are TWO things that draw the ire from railfans lol Some guy who crosses the track when a train is anywhere within 4 hours of going by is accosted as an "idiot". And graffiti artists, taggers whatever you want to call them. IMO calling this destructive is going overboard. It's paint fellas, you guys are acting like these taggers stripped the Loco of all it's wiring for the money or something. Does the Railroad care? Maybe, maybe not. One thing is for sure: This unit did some serious time in the Los Angeles service unit. And anybody from LA knows that if you leave something out long enough it will get tagged. And a locomotive with freaking WALKWAYS along the side of it is practically BEGGING for it to happen lol Chill out guys. I'm sure the engine still runs and the horn still honks.
Posted by Joseph M. Koehl on April 8, 2014 
Someone mentioned that it would be great if railroads and taggers reached an agreement where reporting marks were left untouched while artists still practiced their craft, and someone else mentioned being raised and taught to show respect... I know people who paint on rail cars, and they both leave reporting marks untouched and don't paint on locomotives, and they do both of those things out of respect. It IS only paint, and while it's not their property, they understand what they're doing and they do it in such a way as to let the railroad function normally. Unfortunately, as pictured here, not everyone who paints on rail equipment shares the philosophies my friends do.
Posted by on April 8, 2014 
Vandalism is so cool, Im going to share this picture in as many places as possible to promote graffiti and destruction of property, go graffiti!
Posted by Sean McNally on April 8, 2014 
Let me guess you are a teen ager
Posted by Tom Gorton on April 8, 2014 
I live in China with multiple tracks in front of our apartment building and also travel a lot by train. In the 4 years that I've been here I've seen thousands of freight and passenger cars. I haven't seen any tagging. Zero.
Posted by Sean McNally on April 9, 2014 
Posted by Sid Vaught on April 9, 2014 
A little something called consequences. In fact prisons should be run by "The Department of Consequences", not corrections.
Posted by Joe Green on April 9, 2014 
Im not sure if anyone has noticed but several railroads have started putting numbers higher on the cars above the space graffiti would normally ride. If thats not railroads saying "go ahead have at it" I surely dont know what else could! On on RR's list of concerns Im sure theft is higher than graffiti.
Posted by Train Goon on April 9, 2014 
Wouldn't it be "kinda neat" if these idiots came and tagged your house.
Posted by Mike on April 10, 2014 
If an employee or railfan took a can of spray paint and touched up the yellow and grey would you "old white people" still complain? I think not. What's the difference?
Posted by Steve Hastings on April 11, 2014 
What prompted "the cranky old white" remark here ? I white and I'm almost 64. What does graffiti and / or vandalism that have to do with one's ethnic background ? I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are not of "my background" who are offended by this tagging as well.
Posted by on April 11, 2014 
Taggers actually do preserve reporting marks. Either that, they "move them" to another part of the car. Trust me, they know what to do to help preserve their work and avoid getting their canvas car routed to a paint shop immediately.
Posted by on April 12, 2014 
Can't find employment in the graphics arts field, eh? Cowardly way to show frustration - and one that indirectly costs each of us every time a loco has to be cleaned up as a result. What soul worth their salt would stoop so low to call attention to their so-called work?
Posted by miningcamper on May 4, 2014 
I love art. Good or better art. I don't see any art here. As for the vandals passing up certain targets, that's just in hopes of not being turned in by non-cop railroaders. It's on the vandal forums (yes, they do have forums!). Hope they get a year of weekends cleaning the scrawling off public property!
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