stewartstown pennsylvania

Rail Yard Equipment

Traveling through southern Pennsylvania you come across many small towns and communities with things of historic value. Such was the case when I passed through Stewartstown where a railroad company was created around 1885.  During it's first nearly 90 years of operation, the Stewartstown Railroad Company provided freight and passenger services to the communities of the Deer Creek Valley and ran a route to New Freedom, connecting to the Northern Central Railway. Just off of a main intersection sits the historic railroad's property, including the original station. With a typical small town feel, you can walk right up to the site and take in it's historical significance.

Rail Yard Equipment - HDR
Rail Yard Equipment - HDR

In this HDR image I simply focused on the rail yard equipment resting on the rails alongside the building. The long arm-type structure extends from a small crane on the track. The small cart reminds me of one of those two-man pumpers with the handle in the middle.  I do not know the technical names, hence the title, Rail Yard Equipment. :-)

Processing

The RAW files (-2, 0, +2) were processed using Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. I was able to make all of the adjustments there to obtain this final result. One of the great tools in this package is the adjustment brush where you can apply any effect locally, which save s a ton of time.

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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End of the Line

It appears to be the "End of the Line" for this railcar that has seen it's better days. I wonder about the history of it's travels and some of the places it's been. While passing through Stewartstown, in south eastern Pennsylvania near the Maryland line, this railcar caught my eye as I drove past so I circled back to get a shot. It is located on private property, as indicated by a sign along the perimeter, so I was unable to get up close and personal as desired. I would have loved to have gotten a few shots of the interior but armed with my trusty 18-200mm Nikkor, I settled for the shots below.

End of the Line
End of the Line
End of the Line - closeup
End of the Line - closeup

The graffiti on the side of the car is an obvious reference to the local authorities which reads "Stewartstown poilce suck".  That's no typo, the word police is misspelled in the graffiti, perhaps illustrating the haste at which this was applied or the reason we need to do homework after school. The reference is likely the result of having been run off the property and railcar. :-)

You may also notice that the wheels and axle assemblies have been removed, perhaps recycled and riding the rails again. At least they used railroad ties to create a perch. Short of a complete restoration project, this IS the end of the line for this once proud railcar.

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM