I shot this old CN oil lamp in a Canadian National Railway Caboose in Owen Sound.
This is the interior of a Caboose on display at the Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum. Here is a little history from their website. http://www.marinerail.com/caboose
The History of Caboose 78581:
Caboose 78581 started out as a boxcar. It was built in 1910 in Chicago for the Grand Trunk Western Railway. The Grand Trunk Western Railway became the American branch of Canadian National Railways.
In 1947 the boxcar was converted into a caboose at CN’s Leaside shops in Toronto. This caboose was ready for use on December 13th, 1947 and was used by CN for many years until it was eventually retired. The Caboose was left sitting on a siding for a few years. A siding is a single piece of track attached to a mainline at one end for train cars to sit on. It is like a driveway for train cars.
The caboose went to the McDonalds Restaurant in Owen Sound and was used for parties and other events. A lot of changes were made to the caboose at that time.
In 2002 the caboose was brought to the museum and the restoration project began.
Tall Ships 1812 Tour
We went up to Owen Sound and Collingwood this weekend to check out the Tall Ships 1812 Tour. This turned out to be a very popular event. Owen Sound was sold out with 6000 tickets sold to see the ships and the wait in Collingwood after purchasing tickets was at least an hour. With that number of people we chose to veiw from afar. This is the Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer docked in Owen Sound. I will post more shots later this week.
Bridges over the Welland Canal
While traveling through the Welland Canal there are not just locks to navigate but bridges also. The overhead bridge is no problem but the lift and bascule bridge you have to wait for them to stop traffic and open. Click on an image to see it larger.
Look Up – Way up
We were able to walk the Brooklyn Bridge during our New York trip this time. It is an amazing structure.
HDR 3 exposure – Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz adjust.
1 Line NYC
The number 1 Line speeds into the 42nd Street Subway station in NYC. New York’s subway system can be a little intimidating for a small town guy like me but it didn’t take too long to figure it out. So long as I had a map of the system with me I found it to be a pretty efficient way to get around the city.
Grand Central Station NYC
One of the last places we went to see in NYC was Grand Central Station. It truly is a magnificent building.
This is a 5 image HDR panorama with each image made up of 3 exposures. Shot handheld. Processed in Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop, and Topaz adjust.
West Montrose Covered Bridge Update
The West Montrose Covered Bridge is open to traffic after undergoing repairs to a cracked support beam. The Region of Waterloo has placed a load limit of three tonnes, or 3,00 kg (6,600 lbs). Vehicles within the load limit and permitted to cross the bridge are: motorcycles, cars (not towing a trailer) and horse and buggies travelling at a walking pace. Pedestrians and cyclists may also use the bridge. You can learn more about the bridge at the Region of Waterloo website http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/discoveringTheRegion/West_Montrose_Covered_Bridge.asp
This is a 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz adjust
Waterloo Train Station – A Look Back In Time
This afternoon the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in the Button Factory on Regina St. Waterloo hosted Once Around The Block – Uptown Waterloo. Our tour guides consisted of 3 members of the Baden Storytellers’ Guild.
The first stop was just across the street from the Button Factory. Story teller and artist Michele Braniff took us back in time to when the original building of the 1880’s was an integral part of Waterloo’s social life. During both World Wars troops from this area departed from this station. The present building was built in 1910 and was closed to passengers in 1934.
Today the station is a men’s clothing store.
In keeping with going back in time I treated this photograph with a vintage look to combine the modern surroundings with the vintage look of the building – inspired by Michele’s dynamic stories of days gone by at the Waterloo Train Station.
Technical info: 3 exposure HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz and OnOne filters.
MS Chi-Cheemaun is a passenger and car ferry in Ontario, Canada, which traverses Lake Huron between Tobermory on Bruce Peninsula and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. Wikipedia
During the winter they keep her in the port of Owen Sound. It is a good thing that they put that chain and padlock on or might have been tempted to take her out for a spin!
Go Transit is Ontario’s inter-regional transit system, linking Toronto to the greater Toronto area and beyond, via train and bus services. This was taken one early morning at the Milton Go station.
Waterloo Central Railway Steam Train
The stream train was heading back from Elmira to St. Jacobs and was about to cross Hwy 85. Dozens of cars were stopped and people were out taking pictures. I like the nostalgic look of the Black and White effect. The Waterloo Central Railway did a great job restoring this engine. If you are ever in St. Jacobs come and check it out!
Waterloo Central Railway
The Waterloo Central Railway Steam Train was running between St. Jacobs and Waterloo this weekend. I happened to be driving by this trestle bridge as the train was approaching. Despite the rain I got this shot. A little work in Photoshop and a few filters yielded these results.
Stainless Steel Train Car
The stainless steel siding on this train passenger car caught my eye when we were in Orangeville Ontario. We were there on a company outing to ride the Credit Valley Explorer. Every one had a great time and the ride down through the Credit Valley was beautiful.
Have Bus Will Travel
This old Sunday School Bus sits at the corner of Grey Rd 10 and Hwy. 21 just east of Allenford Ontario. The side of the bus has 13 different Towns and Villages listed on the side of it. They are Flesherton, Durham, Conn, Priceville, Red Wing, Markdale, Dromore, Rock Mills, Irish Lake, Feversham, Eugenia, Berkeley, and Maxwell. Flesherton is probably the biggest of these so maybe that was home base. Here is a link to Google maps showing where each place is including where the bus is now. “A” on the map. http://goo.gl/maps/Xutu
Fill ‘er up – BA 88 Gas Pump
I came across this old gas pump in the Village the other day and of course the rusty texture always appeals to me so I had to photograph it. It is a Bennett gas pump from around the 1950’s from a BA Gas station. For a little history on the British American Oil Company Click Here
This was taken in Brantford at the Train Station. There were some rail cars there and they seem to be a magnet for “Graffiti Artists”. I don’t consider this to be Graffiti Art but it made me smile and I love the texture of the paint and rusty metal.
Processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz
Something a little different today. This is a shot of the railway bridge in Paris Ontario. It is a great structure and I can just imagine the hours spent by engineers working out every detail of the construction. I bet it was with great satisfaction and relief the first time the train passed over it. I wonder how the engineer operating the train felt the first time passing over the new bridge? (click on the bridge for a larger view)
The Beauty of Chrome
This Harley belongs to my cousin John. This was a quick shot I took when he stopped by to support Sarah and Mike’s stag and doe. There is a simple beauty to black and chrome that make’s it hard to take your eyes off of it. I wonder if bikers ever know what each other looks like. I would think all they look at is each others bikes. Another biker probably walks up to this bike and says “Oh, there’s John.”
Anyway – Nice bike John!
Old Ford Tractor
This old Ford tractor was taken at the same location as the burnt out house near Scone. It is just waiting for some collector to come along and restore it to it’s former glory!
3 exposure HDR Photomatix Lightroom Photoshop Topaz