Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Visiting the Colorado Narrow Gauge Railroads

The writeups from our trip to Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton have been posted on Trains Magazine's Observation Tower blog.These aren't behind a paywall. Stop by, leave a comment if you've got an account, and enjoy!

Discovering the Cumbres & Toltec

Where the Trains Call, and the Mountains Answer  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ferroequinology Fieldwork: Chasing Trains in the Rocky Mountains

Last week, F-O-F road tripped through Colorado and New Mexico and visited the Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton Scenic Railroads. These had been on the to do list for a long time, and it was a thrill to finally visit them in person. Both places exceeded expectation and are well worth the time and effort to get out to a rather remote part of the country! 

When the pictures are for personal satisfaction and not an article or news blurb, sepia and black and white tones are my favorite for photographing trains.

With three long train trips in two months, though, I think now we'll stay home for a while.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Fly on the Firebox Wall

Steam survives into the 21st century, but most of the associated infrastructure doesn't. When it's time to refuel,
 the 611's operators have to make due with a clamshell loader. 

Good afternoon, readers. It’s time to get back to regularly scheduled programming.

What makes people interested in history, and what even inspires some of them to make a career out of that interest, is those moments in the past that resonate enough that they still  feel alive and palpable. Maybe a certain event was particularly important or one of its central players especially bombastic, or some aspect of an event remains controversial up to the present day. Whatever the case, these are the “fly on the wall” moments that keep history interesting, the times and places we would love to see with our own eyes.

I’ve got a number of such moments mentally highlighted throughout railroad history. Mine don’t tend towards events that we now understand to be moments of great change, or events of a particularly calamitous nature. It’s the mundane things that interest me, things that few people would have thought to record as important.