Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

WB Tower

Brunswick, Maryland 

This interlocking tower was built around 1910, and controlled train traffic in the B&O Brunswick yards as well as the mainline through town. WB (West Brunswick) tower continued in operation until December 9th, 2011 when the last switch was thrown and control turned over to a dispatcher in Baltimore. WB Tower was the last railroad tower in operation in Maryland.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Evening train

Brunswick, Maryland 

Brunswick is a railroad town. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad arrived in 1834 and by 1907 the B&O had completed the largest freight classification yard in the country in Brunswick. In 1974 the B&O reached an agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation to subsidize its unprofitable passenger service and this agreement evolved into the present day Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train which provides passenger service to Brunswick.

Above, the westbound MARC train pulls into the Brunswick station on the evening of October 19th.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October woodland

Greene County, Virginia 

Here are a few more pictures from my walk in the woods on Saturday.

Earlier this month I spent four days at a campground in Brunswick, Maryland. One day I visited the Antietam National Battlefield, and one day I drove up to Cumberland and rode the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. More about all of that starting tomorrow. Hope you will stop by.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Autumn waning

Greene County, Virginia 

Saturday I went for a walk in the woods near my house. There is still a fair amount of fall color but many of the trees have already lost most of their leaves, so the color is spotty. It was a cloudy, lingering autumn afternoon, but the sun peeked through now and again, sending shafts of illumination through the trees

Friday, October 23, 2015

The caboose

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado

Hope you have enjoyed exploring the railroad with me this week. This was the last picture of the day, as we waited at the crossing to exit the museum grounds. (No, that's not me riding in the caboose,) The "wig-wag" crossing guard seen here is has disappeared from active railroad service as far as I know. This is the only one I have ever seen in operation.

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado 

M&PPR Locomotive No 1 is a cog engine designed to climb steep grades in the mountains. A cog gear underneath the locomotive engages a stationary geared rail to provide positive traction for both ascending and descending. This engine was one of three purchased in 1893 from the Baldwin Locomotive Works to carry tourists up Pike's Peak.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Railcar markings

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado

A few more pictures from my visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum last month. On the boxcar above "Challenger" refers to a class of  4-6-6-4 steam locomotives used in freight service by the Union Pacific.

In 1913, Standard Oil of Indiana built the Casper Refinery near the town of Casper, Wyoming. Their logo appears on the side of this tank car at the museum.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Santa Fe Super Chief

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado

On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe this streamline Pullman observation car ran between Chicago and Los Angeles on the railroad's flagship Super Chief. The train departed from Chicago on its first trip on May 12, 1936 and operated until 1971 when Amtrak took over the nation' passenger rail system.

Have yourself a streamlined weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Union Pacific Locomotive 4455

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado 

Union Pacific 0-6-0 locomotive 4455 was built in 1920 by the Lima Locomotive Works. In the 1930s and 40s, it served as a switch engine at Denver Union Terminal. The Laramie Valley Railroad purchased 4455 in 1940 and operated it until 1970. It was donated to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1972.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rio Grande gondola #1217

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado

This narrow gauge high side gondola was built in 1902 by American Car and Foundry. While most American railroads were built to standard gauge, Colorado was served by an extensive network of narrow gauge railways. The Denver and Rio Grande opened in 1871 and was one of the first narrow gauge lines in the United States. Narrow gauge tracks are less expensive to construct, particularly in difficult, mountainous terrain, which probably explains the proliferation of narrow gauge railroads in the Rocky Mountains.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Colorado Railroad Museum

Golden, Colorado

While I was in Colorado last month, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at the Colorado Railroad Museum. It so happened that I arrived during the "Day Out With Thomas the Train" weekend at the museum, and there were hundreds of children with parents and grandparents roaming around the grounds or waiting for a ride on Thomas the Train.

The young train enthusiast in the photo above contemplates the size of an EMD Model F9A diesel locomotive. Built in 1955, this locomotive was retired in 1984 and sold to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1996 by Southern Pacific for one dollar.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Lifting fog

Shenandoah National Park 

Next week we will leave the fog behind for more pictures in the bright Colorado sun. While I was in Colorado last month, I visited the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden and will be sharing some pictures of historic locomotives and other rolling stock displayed on the grounds of the museum.

Enjoy this first weekend in October, and as always, thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, October 1, 2015