Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving - 2015

Shenandoah National Park 

It was my intention to write a long and crabby post about how Thanksgiving is being overwhelmed by the commercialization of Christmas, which begins before Halloween, and that odious consumer orgy known as Black Friday. But I will spare you all that. Old men complaining about change is nothing new, and nobody wants to hear it.

So let me just wish you a peaceful and enjoyable time with family and friends.

I have written about Thanksgiving when I was in a better frame of mind, and you might enjoy these stories from the past.

A brief fable about the importance of being thankful

A turkey hunt in the mountains of southwest Virginia nearly forty years ago

Remembering my dad on Thanksgiving morning

Thanks for reading Photography In Place. We will be taking a short break for Thanksgiving and will be back on Monday,November 30.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

All Aboard!

Frostburg, Maryland 

Passengers make their way back to the train after visiting Frostburg. It is a perfect autumn day and I am looking forward to the trip back down the mountains to Cumberland. I just had time for a few more shots before boarding the train and finding my seat.

I took this picture from the window of the coach just before departing Frostburg. It is the only "scenic" picture I took on the trip, but the views from the train were lovely as we made our way through the mountains and valleys, glowing in the October sunlight.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Turning Around

Frostburg, Maryland

To prepare for the return to Cumberland, Frostburg's depot is equipped with a turntable and a passing track so that engines can be turned, run around the train and re-couple to the other end. While this is going on, the train crew goes through the coaches turning the seats to face the new forward direction.

Since this excursion was powered by two diesel locomotives coupled end-to-end, there was no need to turn the locomotives and the turntable was used as a switch. In the picture above, the locomotives have been un-coupled from the train and the conductor is supervising as the engines pull on to the turntable to rotate a couple of feet into alignment with the passing track.

After the locomotives move over the passing track to the other end of the train, the brakeman guides the engineer into the coupling, connects the hoses and the train is ready for the return trip. The last car of the train coming into Frostburg is now the first car behind the engines.

 With locomotive 501 now in the lead, the train heads down the tracks toward Cumberland.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

Frostburg, Maryland 

The next day after my visit to Antietam last month I decided, somewhat on the spur of the moment, to drive up to Cumberland, home of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. My plan was to photograph the train leaving Cumberland and chase it up to Frostburg, getting what pictures I could along the way. When I arrived at the station, I decided to ride the train instead. There were seats available and I bought a ticket, scrambled out on the platform and boarded the train.

Pulled by two EMD GP30 diesel locomotives, the trip up through the western Maryland mountains took about an hour and we arrived in Frostburg around lunch time. I spent most of the 90 minute layover in Frostburg taking pictures but managed to grab a bite to eat before the return trip. More to come.