Amy is asking us to choose a day in our week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. The busiest day in my week spent visiting Duluth was when we took a train ride along the north shore, but first we decided to check out the city from a more lofty elevation. Enger Tower, perched high above Duluth on the scenic Skyline Parkway, gives a grand view of the surrounding area. This 80-foot tall, 5 story observation tower was built as a tribute to Norwegian businessman and philanthropist, Bert Enger, and was first dedicated by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway in 1939. It has undergone some restoration work since then and it is now open to anyone willing to climb the stairs. I made it to the top and was rewarded with a panoramic view of the Twin Ports including the aerial lift bridge and further, towards North Shore.
At the foot of Enger Tower lies Enger Park and within that is a small Japanese Garden featuring a Peace Bell, the gift of Duluth’s sister city of Ohara-Isumi.
After our tour of Enger Park we drove back into the heart of the city to the historic Duluth Train Depot. The station was built in 1892 and served 7 different rail lines. It now houses the Lake Superior Railroad Museum which was opened in 1973. From here you can take a ride on one of the scenic railroad excursion trains, but more on that in a bit. First we checked out everything in the museum, inside the trains and out.
We ended our day with a 90-minute ride, with drinks and nibbles, in the observation car of the Duluth Zephyr, along the shoreline to just past the Glensheen Mansion. The trip, made at a sedate pace, gave plenty of opportunity to see the sights in comfort.
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.
Cheri Lucas Rowlands has given us Waiting as the subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge and it wasn’t too difficult to come up with a few images that I thought might give the impression of waiting for something or someone.
Island Queen, waiting to carry passengers from Bayfield in Wisconsin to the town of LaPointe on Madeline Island.
The train now waiting at platform 1 is on display at the National Railway Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A horse-drawn wagon, waiting to take visitors back to the entrance of Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush, Wisconsin.
Waiting for the sun to rise in Nebraska. This image was captured from a fast-moving car as we traveled back home from Utah.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Waiting
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/
This is my first visit to Norm’s Thursday Doors. I’ve often seen fascinating posts by fellow bloggers with some splendid pictures of doors and I wondered if I had anything in the old photo files that might be worth sharing so I’m kicking off my participation in this weekly feature with three images from Wisconsin. The first is the door to the outhouse at Cana Island Lighthouse in Door County. The second is an old boxcar at Green Bay Railway Museum and the third is the door of the Sheboygan/Fond Du Lac stagecoach on display at the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum at Wade House in Greenbush, Wisconsin. I hope these fit the bill. For more on Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/thursday-doors-october-20-2016/
You can’t mistake these engines when they come roaring overhead. A cargo plane comes in for a landing at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.
One of the many vintage car engines at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect.
A old locomotive on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A cruise on the boat Chicago’s Fair Lady, a great way to see the sights along the river in downtown Chicago.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/08/13/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-things-with-engines-or-motors/
This week’s Photo Challenge from Cheri Lucas Rowlands at The Daily Post is Broken. I wouldn’t like to say how many things need mending around our house. Most of the time we just tend to ignore them or pretend they’re not there, so instead, for this challenge, I looked further afield for images of things that were broken on a much grander scale.
The propeller and shaft of what is believed to be the lumber steamer Mueller is now on display at the George K Pinney County Park Harbor of Refuge. She was dismantled in 1933, the hull burned and scuttled just north of Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin.
Perhaps not exactly broken but definitely in need of some TLC, a train car on the back lot of the Green Bay Railway Museum.
I took this picture during the demolition of the old Village Hall in Arlington Heights.
Our bird feeder after a particularly determined squirrel found a way to help things along and make life a bit easier for himself and the birds. That was one broken thing that I did manage to fix.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/something-broken/
Most of the time I look at vehicles as just something to get me from one place to another but Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompted me to view them with a little more eye to detail.
A motorbike parked in Monument Circle, Indianapolis.
Details from a stagecoach on display in the museum underneath the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Part of the ‘Big Boy’ train engine on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Details from a vintage car on display at a festival in Long Grove, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to
Plenty of images with numbers in the picture files but I’ll limit myself to five photos for this one. I’ve also thrown in a few facts and figures that I thought might be of interest.
The numbers are usually against me at the track but every once in a while I pick the right one. Arlington Park opened in 1927, burned down in 1985 and was rebuilt in 1989. The biggest race of the year is the Arlington Million.
The Chicago Fire Boat #41, rather a long way from home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Originally designed as a Chicago fire fighting vessel, the Fred A. Busse is now used as a cruise boat. It was built in 1937, is 90ft long, has a net weight of 67 tons and can hold 127 passengers.
Green Bay & Western #315, a 16-cylinder,3,000 h.p. unit built in 1968 on display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
No.3 Franklin Hose Company in Heritage Hill Historical Park, Green Bay, was built in 1887. The Franklin Hose Company, a volunteer fire department, was disbanded in 1891 and the building moved to Heritage Hill in 1975.
Sailing on Lake Opeka in Des Plaines, Illinois. It only takes two boats to make a race, as members of the Des Plaines Yacht Club so capably demonstrated.
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You can’t miss this sign! The giant pumpkin atop the sign for Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm in South Barrington, Illinois can be seen from quite a distance.
Cleaning up the streets in Chicago? At first glance I thought maybe we were being encouraged to get out the polish, but no. It turned out to be a sign advertising Maxwell Street Polish, that delicious grilled sausage covered in grilled onions and mustard served on a bun.
Boxcar Betty, a fictional character whose name was associated with the hobos who rode the rails during the Great Depression, is represented by this sign on an old boxcar at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A whole collection of signs familiar to railway enthusiasts, displayed at the museum in Green Bay.
for more about Cheri’s Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post go to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/signs/