Freight Trains

Trains overhead while walking with a friend on Heritage Trail Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River, Monday morning. I like the sound of a train whistle.

What a surprise to hear the train coming overhead
Metal wheels screeching on the metal tracks
Find the shopping cart

And Saturday night at Sunset- in Ohio. We crossed the tracks just before the red lights flashed and the gates came down. We pulled in the adjacent lot. I got out and filmed the freight train-a short one. It’s almost 2 and a half minutes, start to finish, which is a short freight train.

https://youtu.be/mGX9CXuyfo4Freight Train at Sunset in Ohio

While at a red light on North Avenue

There was a really loud noise behind me while I was stopped at the red light on North Avenue.

It was a helicopter Allegheny General Hospital. AHN LifeFlight (Allegheny Health Network)

You don’t want to need their emergency services but isn’t it reassuring to know LifeFlight is available for critical care 24/7?

“…..regional emergency helicopter and critical care ground transportation services for critically ill and injured patients who need immediate specialized care. LifeFlight is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

In 2015 I posted -Grateful for MedFlightAir Ambulances in Columbus Ohio.

Pittsburgh Streetcar #1724 at the Heinz History Center

In a week’s time I hosted Charlie and Laura and then Michael,Jack and Maura.

The streetcar parked in the Heinz History Center lobby was a big hit with all the grandchildren

Charlie driving the streetcar

Jack at the controls.

Pittsburgh Streetcars on Northside Routes

YouTube video

https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/blog

Tugboats, Trains and a Tanker Truck

These past few days driving around the city I’ve seen a lot of freight trains. I pulled over to the curb in the Strip District by the junkyard to catch the Wheeling Lake Erie cars overhead. And while visiting at my friend’s house I love to watch the tugboats push the barges on the Ohio River. The tanker truck was in front of me on the RDFleming Bridge while at a red light. Lots of demolition on the hillside there, too. Right now, as I write this post just before bed, I can hear the train whistle repeat itself loudly in the night.

Pedestrian (s)

Pedestrian.  

or in this post- Pedestrians.

I’m going with definition one

 noun a person walking along a road or in a developed area.
  1. synonyms: walker, person on foot;

    foot traffic

Krista Stevens at WordPress created the photo challenge this week.

I went to scan my archives for something that stood out and found plenty of pedestrians in them.

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Tugs and Barges Passing at Dusk

IMG_3115Ohio River Sunday night.  We were visiting our Neville Island friends again. They live on the banks of the Ohio River.  We had a wonderful boat ride earlier and it was time for dinner.  Two tugs and their barges appeared up river and down river.  Our host pointed out the buoy that marked the channel and told us they both had to be on this side on it.  How would there be enough room?  As the sun was sinking we watched them approach one another, a horn blew.  It was a dramatic end of the day on the river.

La Esquina, New York City

CORNER   Ben H. at WordPress created the weekly photo challenge

La Esquina, New York City  114 Kenmare Street,  Soho – seemed a perfect response.

I was standing catty-corner(ed), watching traffic whiz by, taking a few photographs when I was visiting my sister.corner4 762corner3 761cornercorner2 760

I’m not in NYC today- from the archives.

Tugboats and Barges in Daylight

Neville Island.  Shot Saturday during the retirement party at a friend’s home along the Ohio River.

Maybe you saw yesterday’s night photography of the barges and tugboats. Those were taken handheld with Canon 24-70 L series lens.  The reflection of the lights on the dark river at night are more dramatic but the daylight shots taken with the Canon 70-200 L series let you see the details and appreciate the size of the vessels. They move at a fast clip.

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