East Broad Top, April 2018 (photos)

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East Broad Top, April 2018 (photos)
Posted by mfmalk on Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:45 AM

http://www.losttracksoftime.com/p47324941

 

Continuing my ongoing photography project to document the East Broad Top in its current chapter, last month I made another visit with a camera. Follow the link above to my images from the excursion.

My ninth journey inside the roundhouse since the railroad’s closure in 2011, this time alone; I do not tire from the experience. On this occasion I opted not to utilize any of the ceiling light fixtures, the only illumination through the windows. This is the way appears on any given day, how it was yesterday, how it is today, and how it will be tomorrow.

Some notes from my journal about this latest collection:

"The clouds silently drift past, birds chirping from their canopy above, an occasional morning dove’s call, woodpeckers and a wild turkey’s gobble in the distance. The chattering of crickets. The passing of a jet plane high in the heavens. Church bells chiming on the hour. Raindrops falling to the ground of padded leaves from last autumn. Almost out of respect a school bus still stops at the grade crossing. In the small quiet town life continues. But missing are the sounds of the steam train. As I walk these hallowed grounds early on this fogged morning I feel a connection, a belonging. This railroad, this property, this lore is very relevant in my mind. Still an exciting adventure."

Enjoy,

Matthew

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:46 AM

   Thank you, Matthew, for showing us your beautiful work.

   It's sad to see all that treasure sitting idle.   If only I had a few million dollars to spare...

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   "A stranger is just a friend you ain't met yet."  ___ Dave Gardner

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:56 AM

Great work Matthew, as always!  Eerie and haunting.

Paul of Covington spoke for us all, didn't he?

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:32 AM

beautiful photos, thanks so much. Is there any hope at all for the EBT? 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:41 PM

A LOT of emotion locked up in those photos!  Well done sir!  Big Smile

A waking Lithium Flower just about to bloom

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:59 PM

Your photo of a EBT hopper with a conrail hopper in the background, I presume was taken in the Mt Union yard.  Is the shortline using the SG yard more?

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Posted by mfmalk on Friday, May 11, 2018 5:17 AM

Yes a string of Conrail standard gauge hoppers now occupy the Mount Union yard alongside the EBT hoppers.

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Posted by mfmalk on Friday, May 11, 2018 5:18 AM

Thank you all for the compliments and emails about my photos. I really like this batch also; it conveys what I was trying to say with the camera. They looked good in color, but the conversation to B/W really brought them to life. The EBT is a time machine to the past, thankful to know these scenes still exist in the year 2018.

Matthew

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Posted by runnerdude48 on Friday, May 11, 2018 9:14 AM

Matthew these are great photographs.  They remind me of a trip taken with 2 friends from Hartford, CT in the mid-70s to ride the EBT.  Much more action then of course.  Please go see this stuff while you can people.  It may not be there forever.  Some day some of the locals will get drunk and head over there and torch it.

 

These photos re-enforce to me how important it is that I take my planned trip to New Mexico this fall to ride the C & TS and D & S while they are still there and while I still physically can go and appreciate what I see.

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Friday, May 11, 2018 11:39 AM

Thanks Matthew, some fine photography, great pictures coupled to so many emotions.

Long live the East Broad Top

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Friday, May 11, 2018 12:26 PM

runnerdude48

Matthew these are great photographs.  They remind me of a trip taken with 2 friends from Hartford, CT in the mid-70s to ride the EBT.  Much more action then of course.  Please go see this stuff while you can people.  It may not be there forever.  Some day some of the locals will get drunk and head over there and torch it.

 

These photos re-enforce to me how important it is that I take my planned trip to New Mexico this fall to ride the C & TS and D & S while they are still there and while I still physically can go and appreciate what I see.

 

In my most humble opinion, you will  find the C T& S much more akin akin tothe EBT than the D & S. 

The CT&S was saved by well intended politians from Colorado and New Mexico, coming togather and purchasing the line from the railroad. Without states support,the line probably would  have been abandoned, like most of the DRG&W narrow gauge was. The line is run under contract for the states. Some of the operators were better than others. But with the alot of support from the friends of the CT&S, the railroad only got better. The towns of Almosa and Cumbres have not changed much, both proud of their rich past in the American West. When you visit, plan time to not only ride the train, but to chase it. Thier are many great places to take videos and pictures of the train while they are enroute.Also plan time to enjoy the CT&S' yards. I spent almost a day taking in the pre trip process of watering and coaling of the train. The crews are rail fan friendly and  don't mind you around as long as you respect what they are doing and don't get in the way. You can also walk thur thier yards and amble around vintage equippment at your leisure. The CT&S was an awesome experience.

The D&S was well established  and successfull rail fan destination when it was operated by the DRGW. Over time it has gotten better. Under American Rail ownership, it definitely gotten more commercial. The same can be said for the town of Durango.  Scenery wise, the D&S has it hands down.  Not many chasing opportunies though, it passes thur  pretty inaccedible areas. This is probably why it was successful with the DRG&W.

Each road has it's own personality. The fall is a great time to visit. It's a long trip, so leave plenty of time to drink in the sights, sounds and beauty of the American West and the old DRG&W railroad.

 

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