Posts Tagged ‘Trains

23
Sep
16

So close, yet so far….

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21
Dec
14

Trains: Inside an old passenger, rail car

“All the coaches shall be scrap and rust and all the men and women laughing in the diners and sleepers shall pass to ashes.”    Carl Sandburg    Not so fast Carl….

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08
Nov
13

History & Images: Portland’s Union Station……

“Union Station is a train station near the west shore of the Willamette River in the Old Town Chinatown section of Portland, Oregon, United States.
The initial design for the station was created in 1882 by McKim, Mead, and White. Had the original plan been built, the station would have been the largest train station in the world.”

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“A smaller plan was introduced by architects Van Brunt & Howe, and accepted in 1885. Construction of the station began in 1890. It was built by Northern Pacific Terminal Company at a cost of $300,000, and opened on February 14, 1896. The signature piece of the structure is the 150 ft. tall Romanesque clock tower. The “Go By Train” neon sign was added to it after World War II.
The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.” (Wiki)

Today, I was at Union Station picking up my wife, arriving back from Seattle. I took the camera in to take a few images. I usually don’t take random, everyday shots, but decided what the heck.

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29
Jul
13

Photography & Video: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

My photographic efforts are a mix of inspirations. I am not schooled enough, if at all, to think technically about a shot beyond where’s the sun, framing it and trying to avoid background distractions. I really should study more…maybe some day.

In the meantime, I take photographs…images…based on some internal combination of decisions that flash up and say ‘I want that shot’ and the why’s beyond the immediate impulse are pretty sketchy.

Such was the case yesterday when I took one of those shots you see of train tracks going off into the distance………

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It was an old track, it seemed, and this shot always draws me as lines fading away and some connection to history fading. I don’t so much think of where the tracks go to, but where they use to go and who built them and the history. I am often drawn to the past.

So, as often happens to me, a shot begs research to answer those questions at least in passing, out of curiosity. So I researched this rail line, the now Chelatchie Prairie RR line. I learned about the original intent (1880’s) to build a Vancouver, Wa. to Yakima, Wa. line but that failed. The train line did become a booming logging rail line between Yacolt, Wa. and Vancouver. 

Ok, most of you won’t have the patience to sit through a 46 minute video of someone’s effort to record this rail line’s path through beautiful forests as if over a hundred years ago (save a few glimpses of modern day small towns). But I am including a video that some of you may want to at least glimpse a small segment of it…VIDEO HERE…excuse the 30 second ad clip on front end…watch a little bit of this video.

I am always intrigued by the clearing of the forest, the creation of the track bed and the effort that went into laying all that rail over a hundred years ago. The video from a ‘hi-rail’ or ‘creeper’ rig catches the warp of the tracks and the debris from storms along the way. A railroad buff will gleefully watch the whole video.

There are current efforts to restore the Chelatchie Prairie railroad.




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