A recent inquiring into licensing of one of my images for a book had me delving back into the archives. While doing so I realized that I had not posted many railroad photos lately so it was a good time to cruise through the files and dust off some that have not seen the light of day since they were first created. But first I want to share with you the image that will appear in a book that is now in development.
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Seen above is a replica of The LaFayette steam locomotive (built in 1927) as she sat in the B&O Railroad Museum in 2011 when this image was taken. I can hardly wait to see what this looks like in the book. Another trip to the museum is in order to see what has changed and what has been placed on display since my last visit. There is a large restoration shop on the 7-acre site and the railroad yard was full of old cars awaiting some tender loving care.
Above we have the B&O Railroad's home, Mount Clare Station. From this site the first railroad passenger service began in May of 1830, making this the birthplace of American railroading. You can see the roundhouse to the left where trains were once rerouted on a turntable to tracks leading all across north America. This is also the site where Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph (to Washington DC) in May of 1844, so there is a ton of history associated with this location near downtown Baltimore.
Displayed in the roundhouse is the Central New Jersey switcher, also known as CNJ No. 1000. This 60-ton workhorse was built by the American Locomotive Company in 1925. General Electric partnered with American Locomotive and Ingersoll-Rand to produce this, the first commercially successful diesel-electric locomotive. Retired in 1957, this magnificent machine was donated to the B&O Railroad Museum where it lives on beyond the history books.
I mentioned the restoration shop earlier so here is a peek into one of the back corners (below).
After many years of rusting on the rails this is where new life is given to the old retired cars of the past. When they leave here they are museum bound, often looking as they did when first manufactured.
Below is another shop view, looking between two of the luxury liners of the day.
As previously mentioned, some of these images are from 2011 so I am excited about returning to the museum. Above are cars from the once luxurious Capitol Limited, a swanky, full-service passenger train that ran from Washington DC to Chicago. I believe that this route still exists today, with newer, modern cars of course. I don't know the age of these cars but the Capitol Limited service started in 1923.
Lastly, we have return outside to the railyard and one of its loading platforms.
As a kid we always heard about the "little red caboose" and although this may not be the one of storybook fame, this one does date back to 1929 when it was built in Washington, Indiana. Think about that for a second, that was way back when the stock market crashed, creating the "Great Depression". Anyhow, this old wood box with steel ends on it has been restored and looks like new. The restoration shop can be seen in this image as well, located on the left in the background.
Now that I have the railroading juices flowing again I will certainly be out for some new images. There is something almost magical about these huge machines that just fascinates me. :-)
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