Old Cars and Trucks and Trains

30 Jan

On Saturday, 1/29/11, I went to a photo “Meetup” with a group from the Pacific Photographic Society. It was a day of shooting at the Motor Transport Museum and the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – both in Campo. It’s a small town in east San Diego County in the foothills near the Mexican border. It was a great day with a group of very talented and friendly people.

The first batch of photos are from the Motor Transport Museum and are displayed with their permission. Wandering the grounds, among so many rusted wrecks, I couldn’t help thinking about a continuum between Museums at one end and junk yards at the other.

This is a hood ornament from an old pick-up truck.

There were these gigantic gears lying on the ground. When I say gigantic, I think they were more than four feet in diameter.  Perhaps part of a transmission from …?

This latch was holding the engine cover on an old truck.

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is, in my mind, definitely more on the museum portion of that continuum. The next group were shot there. They have their share of rusting and decaying hulks. But they also have railcars and engines that have been partially or fully restored.

This last is my favorite from the shoot. While I was there, walking around and inside these old and antique railcars, it felt at times as if I was wandering among the spirits of a bygone era.

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One Response to “Old Cars and Trucks and Trains”

  1. Sarah Wischnia January 31, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Looks like this was a very fruitful day! You have some gorgeous shots here. I, as always, am particularly drawn to your detail shots that capture texture. In this case “no climbing” is my favorite. I also think the black and white of the old cart is gorgeous. The last one is really cool, too. I’ll be interested to hear about how you created that effect next time we talk.

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