Something About Trains

Little boys love trains. It was fun going to experience the model trains through Charlie’s eyes.

“There are five miniature trains running on 280 feet of track.”

Monday morning, Laura and Charlie and I went to the Columbus Main Library downtown to see the Huntington Holiday Train Display.

The train display is a tradition since 1992 built by Paul Busse. He created all the buildings with moss, seeds, pine cones, bark and natural plant materials

The setting is Bavaria in Germany, buildings patterned after Rothenburg and Bernkastel- the Frauenkirche Cathedral is one in Dresden- Columbus Sister City. You might recognize Mad Ludwig’s castle.

in the Children’s Library there is a wonderful aquarium.

http://www.columbuslibrary.org/come-see-huntington-holiday-train-main-library

Alaska Railroad Conductor

Meet Will H.  Our conductor on the train ride from Denali to Anchorage. Army veteran. They even slowed the train so we could photograph Denali and two other mountain ranges which were all completely visible on a beautiful clear day.

img_2148

Although we are back in NYC and I like to keep the blog in RT, now that computer access/internet is available, I want to post some photos I had in my real camera not iPhone.

Train Ride to Denali

Mary and I got a cab to the Anchorage Railroad Depot, checked in our tagged bags, drank a delicious coffee and waited to board the glass roofed train to Denali.

img_1320At the start of the train ride there were just nine of us and then 58 joined us at Talkeetna.  It’s now the end of the season that started in May.

We decided to get breakfast after an early start

img_8347

Mary ordered the reindeer/ egg scrambler skillet.

img_8351Chef Malachi cooked our breakfasts to perfection!  Delicious.

img_8350

img_1089

Jerrica tended the bar at the front of the car

Our conductor A.J.   He has to get off the train to manually switch the tracks so we could wait on the side as another train passed, going south.

Matthew our excellent server on the left and Crystal our knowledgeable tour guide.

Both of them made it a fun and memorable adventure. The train ride is about eight hours.  We didn’t knit or nap, didn’t want to miss a single second.

(Good sports to let me photograph them, thanks!)

We saw a pair of Trumpeter Swans who mate for life.

img_0996

Their young ones were swimming on their own

 

img_1037

img_8408After the lunch crowd left the dining car and went back upstairs, I enjoyed a Forest pie with rhubarb, apple, blackberry and strawberries topped with vanilla ice cream. Matt asked if I wanted a lot of whipped cream or a little. 🙂

Everyone was so nice, the scenery so incredible. Andy took a photo of us at the table too,  which was great for the memory book, but unfortunately I did not take his pic.

We highly recommend the train tour.

 

 

Penn Station Panorama

Holiday travel at peak? Not yet.

 That will be this coming Wednesday.

  
But when the trains for Boston were announced (as I stood under the departure boards) I thought I might get run over by the rush of humanity.

 Getting to their platform, getting to their train home. Rush rush rush. 

   
   

  
Sunday, late afternoon, New York City.

One Word Friday

apathy

Needed a title for this graffiti on a bridge down by the Monongahela. One Word Friday seemed appropriate as I couldn’t post it for Wordless Wednesday.

Just wondering who was motivated and took the time to write this on the bridge.

I don’t think it is a band.

Train Trestle in Traffic

Driving down the Parkway West as they call it (Route 376) the construction area provided lots of traffic.

Cars with brakes and I was able to photograph a scene I’ve just admired from the driver’s seat.

Train cars on the tracks were the added bonus.

train overhead

train overhead 2

Light Through Overhead Railroad Ties

Down in Pittsburgh’s Strip District by the scrap yard and tracks.  My car was parked under the old railroad bridge.

Lines, patterns, rhythm, repetition-all those elements we look for in class.  Finding these elements everywhere.

Railroad Bridge

I love the light on the cross bar, giving a sense of depth.

This first image is the strongest compositionally.  But the others  give you a sense of the place.

 

 

IMG_9335

 

 

railroad ties in the hood of my car

The hood of my car.  Could stand a wash.

 

 

 

IMG_9334Patterns of light on a concrete wall.