Steam train with antique texture

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Steam train with antique texture

Imagine it if you can: clouds of steam and smoke blow out of the smokestack, the shrill and piercing sound of the powerful whistle as this metal beast prepares to depart from the station. The wheels as they begin to slowly rotate and the inevitable “choo-choo” sound the steam train is known for. The last-minute good-byes, frantic waves, and kisses were blown into the air to and from loved ones watching as it slowly moves away. That’s just part of the allure of the machine seen in the Steam Engine Train Image.

They came in many colors and captured the interest and excitement of the young and old, male and female alike when the first ones appeared in the early to mid-1800s. For the next century and a half, these steam engine trains grew in popularity and relevance moving goods and people all over the United States and other parts of the world.

These machines made it possible to move from one corner of the country to the other in a fraction of the time it would have taken using other means of transportation available then. For example, the East and West coast of America was connected through a network of railway lines 3000 miles long that allowed people and goods to go from New York to California in a matter of days. That kind of journey would have taken weeks or months by other means.

This Steam Engine Train Image shows the exterior of the train

Apparently, the movie industry is not immune to the appeal of these trains as can be seen from popular films centered on activities on these locomotives. They include The General (1926), Shanghai Express (1932), Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Strangers on a Train (1951) and of course the unforgettable Murder on the Orient Express (1974) by Agatha Christie.

Given, modern trains do make it faster to move around but once you have seen them in real life, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with these Steam Engine Train Image.

Gear: Nikon D4, Nikkor 14-24mm lens.
Settings: Focal length 14mm; exposure 1/160 sec; f11; ISO 125.
GPS: 45.043901, -78.523594


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Bob Carson
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Bob Carson

Love the old fashioned train photo! Makes me feel like I am looking at a 100 year old print.