Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Nostalgic

This week Tina Schell asks us to wax nostalgic with our cameras. I will share some of my favorite train images, several of them newly recreated in black-and-white to add another dimension to the nostalgia. To see Tina’s images that focus on the family farm, look here. While I can go on and on about the nostalgia evoked with classic cars, another of my favorite subjects, I decided to share images of railroad related memorabilia. For example, in the opening image, steam engine 353 serves passengers on a closed course at the Rollag (MN) Steam Threshers Reunion every labor day weekend. Continue reading

Cumbres and Toltec Railroad – Goes Where No Automobile Can

Antonito, Colorado.

The day finally arrived when Lynn and I were scheduled to ride the steam train from Antonito to Chama, New Mexico. The day trip started in the morning and the 64 miles (103 km) would take us most of the day. There are several options for the trip depending upon your schedule. We opted for the entire 64 mile trek with a bus ride back from Chama to Antonito. If you live or are traveling closer to Chama, you can ride instead from Chama to Antonito. Two trains depart from the opposite ends at about the same time and share a single track. About half-way along the route, it will be lunch time. Continue reading