Into the Light(PID:49238179763) Source
posted by David Blazejewski alias Dave Blaze Rail Photography on Wednesday 18th of December 2019 04:30:01 PM
Like many of you I imagine that have started following my page, I have loved trains my entire life, literally as long as my human memory can recall. There is no logic, rhyme, or reason to it (just ask my parents!), it's just something that simply is. As a child my parents dutifully read me dozens of different children's train books. And as an adult I've remembered a few, but one sticks out above all others. This one, Choo Choo, by Virginia Lee Burton. Though it was penned in the 1960s, her illustrations are evocative of the 1930s dawn of dieselisation and the early streamliner era. And just something about it has stuck with me for at least 35 years. My favorite part of the story was when the runaway little yard engine took a switch and headed down some rickety, lonely, seemingly abandoned branchline deep into the woods. I scanned a picture of it here. Well, I had a bit of an epiphany when I realized that as long as I've liked photographing trains I've always gone out of my way to "get the shot" in places where it seems like trains shouldn't be. We all know those spots, street running, narrow alleys, through front yards, golf courses, or parking lots...those places where a train just doesn't seem like it belongs. There is something truly fascinating and heartwarming to the soul (of us weird foamers anyway!) of seeing a train on weedy overgrown virtually abandoned rails for the first time. And I can't help but to believe that fascination with those kind of places started here, in these monochrome pages. Well, in Central Massachusetts there exists a spot on a lonely and little used CSX branchline that truly is Choo Choo come to life! Twice a week CSXT's B724 local on the old Fitchburg Secondary (originally Old Colony, then NYNH&H, PC, and CR) out of Framingham travels all the way to the current end of the line in Leominster to serve a couple customers. In the town of Sterling they pass through an unnamed swamp (that I've renamed Dan Lowe Swamp after the young man who pioneered shooting here and first introduced me to this place) that looks like it is a colorized and modernized version of Virginia Lee's Choo Choo. See here for yourself....it seems that sometimes, even in railroading, life does imitate art! Sterling, Massachusetts Thursday August 16, 2018
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