Photo a Day Challenge


I Feel The Earth Move

I Feel The Earth Move


As the train approached the bridge, I could feel the earth move under my feet.

Found Objects

Among the objects found in the 1880’s Town was this locomotive which really posed no threat to the photographer because it was not fired up and running (Refer back to How We See Ourselves).


The neglected rail carts were used to transport debris from the gold mine.



Explosives used for industrial hard rock mining were carted into the Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone, South Dakota.



How We See Ourselves


Lois appears to be the braver of our team.

Real Life

Real life axiom:  Nothing lasts forever.



After a successful tour the switchman once again coupled the engine to the lead carriage to travel another seven miles with the next group of passengers.



The engineer slowly backed the engine to couple to the caboose while the switchman signaled his progress under the watchful eyes of the younger passengers.  At the mid point of our journey the engine switched tracks to maneuver to the rear of the cars to pull us back to the depot.




Our seven mile journey began as we pulled away from the depot to pass the water tower which was originally constructed at Oconomowoc, WI, and used by the Milwaukee Road to service their steam locomotives.



The conductor punched passenger tickets.


Carriage interiors include polished wood as well as painted surfaces.



The carriages were built by the Pullman Co. between 1914 and 1917. One of them, #7409, was used as a smoker commuter by the Chicago and Northwestern railway. We don’t know whether the No Smoking sign is a contemporary one posted to comply with current health laws or a period sign posted to comply with fire prevention.  Either way, it works for us.




In our small home town In the late 40s a person was killed trying to cross the tracks between boxcars.  The accident instilled within us a sense of fear when near the railway;  we did more than look both ways when near a train.  We haven’t forgotten the lesson, but fear has been replaced with caution.



We relived childhood memories at the Mid-Continent Railway and Museum in North Freedom, WI.

John’s childhood memories include traveling what was known as the Doodlebug with his mom to go shopping in a larger town.  The small town depot was the same as this, but the diesel-electric engine was reversed; that is, it pulled with the engineer cab at the front (which is what this engine did on the return trip.)

Engine #1256 was built in 1954 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone, Pa.


We wanted to explore more to see how the swing bridge  worked, but the signs posted on its front beam warned us not to trespass, a security camera would record any violations and violators would be prosecuted.


The trail was abandoned on this cold winter day as we passed this railroad swing bridge which stands in the flats of the Fox River in Appleton, WI.  . . . definitely not swinging “like a pendulum do.”

[Edited caption May 26, 2012]


Hot metal bits glow and sparks fly as a craftsman cuts pieces to be used in the restoration of Soo Line 1003.


We were surprised to find this massive 1913 2-8-2 steam locomotive being restored in a large wing of the auto museum.  Soo Line 1003 last ran the rails in 2010 when its Federal Railway Commission authorization ran out; however, the Commission has decided to issue another fifteen year authorization, giving the locomotive a new lease on life.

Through A Window

The largest successful steam locomotive ever created was the BigBoy. Union Pacific Railroad commissioned the building of this engine to pull large heavy tonnage over the Wasatch mountains.  The National Railroad Mueseum in Green Bay, WI has one of the 25 built on display: #4017.

This view through the window shows the fireman’s side of the cab. The roomy cab seated four with space for an engineer, fireman and backup crew.



The exhibit at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, WI. includes a Pullman car’s sleeping quarters. The plush accommodations were designed by George Pullman after an unpleasant overnight train trip.


Selective viewpoint can transform the Pullman photo into an example of asymmetry.  One side of the foyer now displays warm lighting from a globe on a higher ceiling, a warm chair and a hallway lined with windows.  The other side appears cooler with a lowered ceiling, a cooler chair and a pair of larger windows.  The exterior frame also becomes asymmetrical with a door on one side and a window on the other.



Upon entering the Pullman’s gate, the passenger was greeted by a warm symmetrical foyer framed by a cold symmetrical exterior.


This gilded gate provided passenger access to a Pullman car when trains pulled by locomotives were a popular means of transportation.  This car is one of many that can be seen at the National Railroad Muesum in Green Bay, WI.