Monday, October 17, 2005

coal train



No, not the musician, but the real coal train, running east towards Chicago, passing through tiny LaFox, Illinois every morning just before 8 a.m.

Stacked between the tracks are the railroad ties for the new rails on the left. This is the new line bringing commuter trains further west, forever changing a way of life, as did the railroads many, many years ago.

5 comments:

srp said...

A commuter line into Chicago no doubt. Fredericksburg, Virginia has become a new hot spot for people working in Washington, DC. They did a similar thing; put in the commuter line. Now people live in Fredericksburg or surrounding areas and use the train. Property values have almost become out of reach for most normal people, including me. That part of the state used to be mostly rolling hills with scattered houses. When I was little in Roanoke there were no interstates and a trip to parts north took most of the day.

Sandra said...

Awesome! Looks really sharp. Good shot!

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I'm in N. Illinois too, and feel the same way you do about the big boxes on our farm land. My home is 100 years old and glorious - I wouldn't trade it for one of the new ones. Ever. Wish people would restore and remodel - there are plenty of old homes to go around here in N. Il./S. Wisc.. takes a little creativity is all. Keep up the good work farm wife.

Floridacracker said...

Great shot. The coal in those boxes looks so uniformly mounded. Cool shot. You must have got out and stood on the overpass.

Zanne said...

Thanks as always for the comments.

Ha, ha Cracker - no this is what I call "Stop Sign Photography". Although Brundige Road and the new bridge over the tracks is mostly untraveled, it's not exactly safe for casual phototaking. So this is camera pointed out the car window.