Sunday, October 18, 2009

Old Fashioned Train Ride

An old train coming into the station on a cold rainy day............... Sepia vs -

-Black and White

The conductor preparing for another ride. Do see the pumpkins and the brick building reflections?
All aboard again. Last week I discovered and posted about the New Hope Railroad.
On Saturday Vicki and I drove to New Hope for the "Hourly Excursion" train ride. Which is a ride in an old coal powered train. A round trip lasts just under an hour, and the people who ran the train were dressed in early 20th century railroad uniforms. The leisurely ride was narrated by one of the conductors. It rained the whole time but that and the cold weather just added to the coziness. It's hard to get good pictures from a moving train, but I did get some ideas for a future photo trip.

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47 comments:

Thom said...

How fun. This is the one with the Halloween ride? I love that black and white photo :) Thanks for sharing :)

magiceye said...

excellent captures!

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Carolyn Ford said...

These are fabulous old trains and what a great post! I have a Japanese friend living on the island of Kyushu, Japan. He has posted some exquisite photos of the restorations of the steam locomotive there. They are used for tourism only on designated days of the week and mostly the summer season. His pictures are truly beautiful. If you are interested, his blog site is: kenkichisdailyphoto.blogspot.com
You can scroll and scroll until you find the posts...there are several of them back in July and August, I believe...I hope you find them and enjoy them!

Regina said...

Awesome!

Sunny said...

Wonderful pictures. Personally, I like the Sepia but the B/W is cool too, I just think Sepia gives it more of an old feeling.
I really like the reflections, I have to start paying more attention when I take pictures!
Sunny :)

Olivier said...

Magnifique ce voyage dans le temps, j'aime bien la version sepia

Bibi said...

I love train rides, long or short. I like the sepia version.

There's a steam locomotive train here that makes short trips to picturesque places nearby; will have to take it.

Vogon Poet said...

Love the great colors of the last image and the reddish reflection of the bricks. Simply spectacular.

Aileni said...

Sepia lends distance - a scene from the past.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

I will definitely hop onto the train if I were there. I like to ride backwards. These trains do emit a lot of smoke. What a great reminder of the old days.

John said...

I think I'd have to go 'purist' and say that I prefer the b&w, although the sepia makes a great period shot for a postcard or poster.

mbkatc230 said...

What a fun day trip. I really like the feeling the sepia invokes. But I love the reflections in the last shot, and the beautiful red of the train. Fun post! Kathy

Irene said...

Marvellous train pics! I like the sepia.

Julie said...

Sorry James: I liked each of them in their turn.

Interesting that you call it a coal-fired engine. Here in Oz we call it a steam train. We have a rejuvenated steam train, the 3801, that runs from Sydney down to the Southern Highlands.

diane said...

That would be a fun experience. Nice photos too.

Malyss said...

A kind of ghost train, taking you for a travel through time! I like the mood..

Woody said...

Tough Choice.. I am a fan of both sepia and b&w and I enjoy trains. I think I am going to have to vote for the sepia by just a hair..

Great Photos my friend!

Hilda said...

Sepia, definitely sepia! Though I do love the deep red color of this gorgeous train. The Halloween Tree is cute too. :)

Lene said...

Impressing. And sepia suites the old train best :)

Lois said...

I definitely prefer the sepia!

Thérèse said...

Sepia = perfect postcard!

Ebie said...

This is awesome and a flashback into time past! All photos depict the era. There's one here in Fillmore and they do a murder mystery dinner train ride.
Must be a great weekend getaway!

Jacob said...

I can imagine how much you enjoyed this ride...Where did you go for that "Hourly Excursion"?

Nice shots...I think I like the B&W of the old train...it's rawer and more powerful than the sepia...well, that's what I think; doesn't mean I'm right.

Have a great day!

kaye said...

very cool!

trains make such interesting subjects.

cieldequimper said...

I've done this in England and Germany, it's great fun. I love the sepia version, but colour is fun too, otherwise how would we have known that the great is a gorgeous deep burgundy?!

Tom said...

I was lucky enough to have live nery near to train lines as a child... I still have very fond memories of the sight, sounds and smells of these steam trains. Loverly pictures James and thank you for the memories.. :O)

sixstars said...

In this case i prefered the sepia. The train ride looks like fun thought ive never been on a steam train there are a couple in this part of the world.

Erin said...

a lovely series. i am always partial to color but, the sepia is nice too.
glad you were able to take a ride on the train and see what it had to offer.
have a wonderful week.

Sylvia K said...

I love trains, love riding in them and this would be a real treat! What great shots! I, too, am partial to the color, but the sepia is nice and the black and white looks as though it came out of an old, old newspaper -- has a really historical feel to it!

Have a great week, James!

Sylvia

Jientje said...

Sepia, for sure!

Cheryl said...

I liked the black and white. I loved the red of the train as well as the reflections in its windows. Sounds like a most interesting way to spend a day.

ruma2008 said...

A great trip made you happy. Congratulations!!

I am glad to see an American traditional train.

Thank you.
ruma

Bonnie Bonsai said...

What a heritage! I wish I stayed too long in the subway of Wash DC to see your real train while I was there.

These are absolute beauty to me! The olds being preserved like us! haha

Now am back!

Snap said...

What fun! I love trains. Now why do I like the sepia shot best? !!! Perhaps it gives the shot an *old* feel? Love the reflection of the pumpkins.

eileeninmd said...

The train rides are fun, and your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Carver said...

I like each of these shots so much in different ways. You capture a mood in each one.

-K- said...

The sepia is really evocative. I usually stay away from it and stick with b+w but in this case you made an excellent choice

Catherine said...

great shots...the sepia does it for me..

Hazel said...

'dressed in 20th century railroad uniforms' I like the sound of that. saw the reflections, they're lovely. I like the sepia shot.

Lily Hydrangea said...

nice shots James. That sounds like a neat thing to do. I like Fall scenery in the rain too.

chrome3d said...

You seem to be able to travel back and forth in time so easily. Wonderfully old world yet new.

Cezar and Léia said...

Fabulous pictures and I think I prefer the sepia work because it's perfect and really likes a vintage picture!
Hugs
Léia :)

Pam said...

You did a fantastic job with your photos, James. I love the first one best but they are all great.
I love the area around New Hope but I never knew there was a train ride.

Arija said...

So nice to have a ride on a steam train. I hope the tracks were the old kind that still go clickety clack.

Lawstude said...

wow. stunning photos.

Kilauea Poetry said...

I had to follow your link and check these shots out..they are excellent- all of them. I've been doing more black & white as well as sepia this past year. When you look at something you have to think of that. I enjoyed this-