Tag Archives: Trains

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.


Wednesday, 5-12-10 RR xing

12 May

We live two short blocks from a railroad crossing. Because we’re close to the train station, trains and trolleys come through this part of downtown at surface street level. When the trains approach, the crossing gates come down, lights flash and bells clang. And the trains sound their horns. Some of the train drivers seem to sound the horns at full volume,  non-stop for blocks. Our condo faces in the direction of the train crossing. With certain trains, if I’m on the phone when they come thru,  the person I’m talking to can actually hear the trains – even with my windows closed. On the other hand, the train station is only a 10 – 15 minute walk, which is great when we want to take the train to LA to visit our daughter.

Today I decided to walk to the nearby crossing with my 18 – 55 mm wide angle lens on the camera. I tried some shots of the crossing barrier arms, but I wasn’t happy with them. Here are my two favorites from today. The first is of a San Diego Trolley leaving the Little Italy stop. I set the camera at a 1/20th second shutter speed with the lens at 18 mm and then panned the camera to follow the train.

The second shot came after I looked up at the crossing warning lights. I liked the way they looked.