This is my first entry for Marsha & Cee’s Photographing Public Art Challenge. Buried deep in my ‘places’ photo files, I came across these two images that I captured some years ago at the Grand Junction Visitors Center in Colorado. I don’t think I’ve ever had the opportunity to show them before so, thank you, Marsha, for this challenge. Unfortunately I didn’t make a note of the artist’s name. We only made brief stops in Colorado as we were on our way home but I thought these two pieces merited a few shots.
I suppose it was inevitable. I do seem to have quite a few train lines in the photo files so here are some for Becky’s Square Lines Challenge. The first set are all in Chicago. The second set includes lines from Bartlett, Milwaukee, Glenwood Springs in Colorado and Galena, Illinois.
Railway tracks running through Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I’m not sure which way they were going or from where they came but on a rainy day, when the chance for further exploration was limited, it was one of the few sights that seemed picture-worthy.
For more on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 16, 2017
It’s “all aboard!” for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge which this week is all about tracks & trains. I used to love train rides when I was a kid, especially traveling down from London to Kent to visit my grandparents. Nowadays I rarely take the train except to go downtown. It’s much more economical to go by train than pay for parking in Chicago.
A view of some train tracks in downtown Chicago.
A train pulling into the station in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. We stopped in Glenwood Springs on our way home from Utah last year, just to stretch our legs and have a walk round. It was off-season, the Spa of the Rockies was closed for cleaning and just when we got far enough away from the car, the rain started pouring down. Needless to say it was a short walk and the most exciting thing we saw was the train.
The Ashland Railroad Mural, painted in 2014, features the men and women who helped to establish the railroad industry in the North Woods. Right across the street from the mural stands Soo Line Decapod 950 which was, at one time, the worlds largest steam locomotive, weighing in at 190,000 pounds.
If you are a train enthusiast and enjoy looking around old train cars and engines, I can highly recommend a visit to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is where we saw the Silver Spirit.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2016/11/17/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-any-tracks-and-trains/