B&O railroad

Locomotive 305

Happy July 4th America!

Independence Day, celebrated by many countries around the world, came to America in 1776 and is commonly known as the Fourth of July. There will be many outdoor activities since this occurs during the early Summer. Cookouts, days spent at the beach, family outings at theme parks, all will culminate with celebratory fireworks displays.

It's a day of pride and patriotism.

Since that proud and joyous day back in 1776, this country has developed into a huge nation, part of which was made possible with the large contribution of the railroad industry. Businessmen and inventors forged alliances to begin the process of building railways in the 1820's with the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) being incorporated in 1827.

I have visited the B&O Railroad Museum many times and since that industry played a key role in America's expansion, I thought it appropriate to highlight one of the historic pieces housed there today.

Enter Locomotive 305.

Camelback Locomotive 305
Camelback Locomotive 305

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One of the centerpieces of the B & O Railroad Museum is the completely restored Camelback Locomotive built in 1869. Of the several hundred built with this design, only two remain, making this an extremely rare piece of history.  In 2003, heavy snows caused the roof to the museum to collapse, severely damaging many of the historic cars housed inside, including this one. The restoration work was completed and the unit returned to the roundhouse in June of 2011.

During the restoration it's original number 305 was returned, it had been renumbered 217 back in 1884. But now she stands as a symbol of ingenuity, strength and pride.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Old Loco

Hello everyone! Thanks for your comments, RTs, FB Likes and all-around support on the previous post. I appreciate it very much.

It's been some time since I've produced an image of one of my favorite topics, trains. The last one was this railcar abstract, which I enjoyed processing. Today we view another, similarly processed locomotive, with it's weathering exterior and look of sheer power. This resident of the B & O Railroad Museum was built in the early 1900s and has found it's way onto the digital canvas. Like many other old trains at this facility, it may be headed to the restoration shop and given a new life.

Enjoy!

Old Loco
Old Loco

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An old locomotive like this deserves a B & W conversion, just for old time's sake.

Old Loco - B&W
Old Loco - B&W

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Thanks for visiting!

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Locomotive Dreamin'

Happy Friday everyone! Quick post and run today while I attempt to regain control of my time. :-)

With the Spring-like temperatures of the past couple of weeks the trees and shrubs have begun to bud and soon will be providing us with some of natures beauty. Like many of you, I so look forward to this change in season when once again the great outdoors will be just that.

In the meantime...

Locomotive Dreamin'
Locomotive Dreamin'

Have a super weekend!

I'll be catching up to your fine works over the weekend. As always, thanks for visiting!

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Railcar Abstract

As photographers we are always looking to expand upon our skills and present a variety of post processing styles. Besides the fact that we don't want to be one-trick-ponies, it always nice to change things up a little for the sake of interest. Most will not stray too far from their best techniques but who knows what one can do if one never tries. Today we change things up just a bit with a painterly look. Below is an image taken at the B & O Railroad Museum. It's one of a collection of abstracts I've collected with the intention of creating a little fine art for the gallery.

Railcar Abstract
Railcar Abstract

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Thanks so much for visiting. Wishing you a great day!

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