TRAINS

ON THE WAY – WEEKLY PHOTO PROMPT

My son took these pictures on a slow, rainy train journey through the swamps and woods of the Blackstone Valley. They have lain here, in my files, waiting for a time to properly present them. A little processing to make them more painterly … and they are ready.

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The tracks are old and narrow and the train, which runs once a week and goes from one yard to another, never exceeds five miles per hour.



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  1. This is incredible photography. I would love to travel on these timeless trains.

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  2. I have mentioned before about how my city is surrounded by train tracks and dealing with crossings is a way of life here. That description of the train… never goes over 5 mph and just goes from yard to yard… sounds so much like the trains that run back and forth among the yards at the local steel mill, and constantly impede traffic on the busy highway that happens to run across their precious tracks. It’s not uncommon for them to block the highway for half an hour or more with the slag train just sitting there in the middle of the road, or slowly inching back and forth, back and forth, back and forth……..

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    • You got it. These trains run between the old mills, many of which cannot be reached by roads. This is the “Upton-Grafton” line. About 20 miles between two towns in the valley. Not attached to any of the more major lines. Even 100 years ago, everyone had his own agenda.

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  3. Great shots – like mother, like son. He has a great eye for detail

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  4. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and Our Neck Of The Woods and commented:
    Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like trains?
    I miss seeing them. Wondering where they are going? Their stories? I want to travel where they travel.

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    • They closed the train station in town, and just once a week, a train blows through — the old Worcester-Providence line. Just freight. No passengers. The whole train system is in shambles, I’m afraid. Sad. I still love the sound of the whistle!!

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  5. There is something about trains that attracts my eyes. I have always thought if I had a chance to go to Europe (I have only been to Spain and Portugal) I would get a Europass and see everywhere! Smiles, Robin

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  6. You are right. They are ready.

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  7. Just need to add Rod McKuen’s song about watching trains. Good stuff!

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  8. Nice! Do, check out my train tracks too 🙂
    Lines | Sunny District
    https://sunnydistrict.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/lines/

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  9. I was intrigued by the view from the cab in the first photo and popped back to look at the related posts about Owen’s trip on the railway. As a railfan myself I can say getting a chance to do something like that is really exciting.

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  10. I really like that effect you’re using to make things more “painterly” 🙂 The last photo in particular is amazing.

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    • It’s an “oil painting” effect. More like a textured paper effect, really. I use it often. It seems to be a part of Photoshop. I don’t know how I missed it for years. I did a bit of other diddling around, increasing saturation a bit (it was raining, so it was gray) and a bit more contrast. Otherwise, it was just the texture and a little bit of cropping. Not much. They were pretty good, right out of the camera.

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  11. Brilliant photos 🙂

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  12. Stunning shots….your son has your artistic ability!

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  13. just one word….brilliant !

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