Train I Ride, Sixteen Coaches Long

I have always loved trains and railroad scenes for photography. Classic Americana, timeless, beautiful. While recovering, rather than to get out there and shoot a lot, which I can’t really do, I figured this was a great time to start catching up with some negative scans that time has not permitted. These frames were shot just before Christmas, 2011, at and near Worcester, MA’s famed Union Station. I shot them with the Minolta XD-11, using Kodak TMax 400. And developed them in HC-110, with about a 20% increase in development time for about a 20% increase in contrast.

Even if you are not into trains and the railroad, they can make for some great creative inspiration, and a lot of fun. For America, trains were instrumental in industrial expansion, and geographic entry to the west. Photographically, they represent endless possibilities for creativity. Not only trains themselves, but stations, tracks, signs, nearby urban decay, not to mention conductors, passengers, hobos. They are still out there- maybe not like the Great Depression, but there are people still hitching rides to random destinations via trains.

I think I used a 50mm Rokkor here, but it might have been the 28mm. Not really sure, as I ran out of room for notes on the canister with my Sharpie. Looking at them again, it may have been with the wide.

Providence And Worcester RR Bridge Coming Into Union Station

Providence And Worcester RR Bridge Coming Into Union Station

Union Station, Worcester, Massachusetts

Union Station, Worcester, Massachusetts

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