Sunday, October 28, 2012

Car Show in Rockville, MD

Hi, On Saturday, 10/20 I attended a car show with friends Jim and Ila Beck on the grounds of  Rockville's Glenview Mansion.  Presented below are some of the cars I thought were most interesting among the hundreds present.  But first an overall view of most of the show.

I arrived about 9:00 AM and positioned myself to photograph cars as they arrived.  Below is what I think is a 1958 Corvette. 

Here is a LaSalle.

Ford pick up truck.

A 1959, I think, Cadillac.

This Cord was very interesting.  A few days later it was featured in the Washington Post car pages.

If I had bought a Corvair this is the one I would have liked to own.

A classic Jag.

I had a friend who's first car was a Sunbeam Tiger like this, but in British Racing Greeen.

A DeLorean.

A 1947 Studebaker.

I had to include a Rolls.  There were at least 1/2 dozen present.

An early Packard.

After most of the cars had arrived we walked around to see them on display.  Our first stop was a small group of vintage fire trucks.

While walking around we heard a steam whistle.  My first thought was that a steam locomotive was operating on CSX tracks about a mile away (not really probable).  However, the whistle was from this Stanley Steamer.

Another very interesting car was this Auburn.

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Friday, October 26, 2012

CPLs and Heritage Units - 5

Hi, This is the final post from our trip down to the "Pokey" and it will be the longest as I liked so many of the images I found down there.  On 10/9 we caught this westbound manifest at Oakvale, WV.

Before chasing the manifest west we waited at the former Virginian trestle in Oakvale for this WB empty hopper train.

After the manifest changed crews in Bluefield, WV we caught it again in Keystone, WV, and

Welch, WV.  At this point lack of good roads make it impossible to chase west.

The next day we caught a stack train passing through Ieager, WV.

Late that afternoon we were at Farm for this westbound.

Thursday, 10/11 dawned crystal clear at Princeton, WV, where we stayed.  However, as we descended we encountered low hanging clouds, as this photo of #17M at Keystone, WV attests.

At Farm again we encountered #U81, a mine run which had just come off the Tug Fork Branch.  It had a locomotive on each end.

Later in the day, still at Farm, #U81 has become #83G for its trip east.  Both of its locomotives are now on the head end and it has a 2 unit helper on the rear.

An easy chase of #83G got us this shot at Switchback, WV.

Towards the end of the day grain train #58V climbed the grade at Vivian, WV, and

Elkhorn, WV.

On 10/12 we began our day with eastbound coal drag #720 at Oakvale, WV.

Next up was #217 entering the yard at Bluefield, WV

and again at Northfork, WV.  This is one of 3 stack trains that can be seen WB on the route.

At Davey, WV an EB auto rack train met WB empty hopper train #749.

We were able to photograph #749 again at Ieager, WV.

Our last day, 10/14, began with #233 on the trestle at Coopers, VA.

Then we headed east.  We stopped at Vickers, VA where we shot a number of trains in quick succession, including #61J, and


For our last shot of the trip we moved a few miles west to Walton, VA and got #25N.

I really enjoyed both the company and the photo ops.  This is a great place to visit.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

CPLs and Heritage Units - 4

Hi, Here are the remaining CPLs we photographed.  Our first location in Roanoke (on 10/6) had CPLs to the east.  We photographed 15T arriving off the Shenandoah Valley line with the stacks of the car shops in the background and then

with the old N&W office building as a prop.

Later #757 arrived off the Winston-Salem line with the LV heritage unit third out.

Our last train of the day was of stack train #217 at Montgomery Tunnel.

Our next pictures of CPLs were obtained on 10/7 at Ada, WV, just east of Bluefield, featuring #272.

Later in the day we caught a WB empty hopper train at Willowton, WV.

On 10/8 we photographed #185 at Bluedfield, VA.

We were back at Willowton, WV on 10/9 for an eastbound and then

at Farm, WV with helpers shoving an EB grain train.

That concludes the CPL portion.  Since it is short I thought I would start on my favorites from the trip.  Here a WB stack train is passing the Christiansburg, VA station.

Later in the day an EB coal drag soars over Oakvale, WV on former Virginian trackage.  In about 3 1/2 miles it will join the former N&W main at PD.

The next post will contain the rest of my favorites.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.