Friday, September 30, 2005

clockwork



Just like clockwork the Union Pacific coal train passes through the area twice a day, heading east. The empty coal cars head back west each evening.

The railroads were a make it or break it element for many small towns. In one rural area a huge courthouse was built with the thought that the railroad would bring a booming economy with it. The rail line was finally laid down, much further south and the huge courthouse was left as a ghostly monument to a dream that never came to be.

6 comments:

Travis said...

That's a beauty. and I know trains. pretty much the complete opposite of the train experience I have. It doesn't even seem like there is light in this photo. Just colors.

Anonymous said...

Do you have pix of this courthouse?

pablo
roundrockjournal.com

Zanne said...

Thanks as always for the comments.

Travis - the sky was so incredibly blue. This was just a couple days after the "big weather" photo, and just down the road.

Pablo- no, unfortunately I don't a photo, although I do intend to go back now that I'm into picture taking. The courthouse sits out in the middle of nowhere in Iowa.....near Creston.

merlinprincesse said...

That's so strange. Taking a look at your pictures I realized that your Illinois countryside looks exactly like my Quebec countryside... Mine is probably very different in winter... So COOOOOOOLD. :o)

becca said...

I love this photo ...

Floridacracker said...

I fell asleep many nights to the sound of the Florida East Coast freight train as it lumbered through town. I guess that's why I love the sound of a train in the distance even today.