Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Awaiting preservation

Clifton Forge, Virginia 

A variety of old rail-cars rests on the grounds of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge, Virginia. I don't know what the future holds for these cars but they are part of a history that I believe is worth saving. These rusting artifacts my not be great works of art, but they represent the work and achievements upon which the present is built. We preserve not for nostalgia, but for understanding.

Enjoy the weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Buckingham Branch Railroad

Clifton Forge, Virginia 

The Buckingham Branch Railroad is a short line railroad that operates here in central Virginia over parts of the former Chesapeake and Ohio system. Their headquarters are in the old C&O Depot in Dillwyn, Virginia and trains serve local industries along 16 miles of track between Dillwyn and Bremo. The railroad also leases 200 miles of track which runs from Richmond to Clifton Forge, passing through Charlottesville.

Locomotives 12, still showing Kansas City Southern (KCS) paint is an EMD GP40-3 built in 1968. Locomotive 13, also an EMD GP40-3 was built in 1967 and displays the Buckingham Branch paint scheme.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Country Home

Augusta County, Virginia 

Like many of my fellow baby-boomers, I grew up in one of the suburbs that sprang up at the end of World War II.

But when I was a boy, aunts and uncles and cousins lived in houses that looked very like the old country house in the picture above. I envied them then. Now, I remember the smell of biscuits and bacon in the kitchen; the smell of gasoline and grass in the sheds; the freedom outdoors, and the comfort inside.

Sitting beside the road with my camera, I could almost believe that any minute Aunt Clemmie, all these long years gone, would step through that aluminum storm door, a white wash pan on her hip and black-rimmed glasses glinting in the afternoon sun.