Weekly Photo Challenge – on the move (trains)

Last Saturday (May 10th, 2014) was the 7th annual National Train Day.  We took some out of town visitors on the canal walk near downtown Richmond and part of this area has train cars and tracks that are “no longer in use.”

The rusted tracks and parked railcars whispered of years gone by – and it reminded me of how the miles and miles of rail lines is what “got the United States on the move” in the 1800 and 1900’s.  This included movement in westward expansion, military, industrialization, postal services, and tourism….

And while I think National Train Day is designed to promote the use of existing rail lines – it is also a time to celebrate the trains of yesterday – and the powerful impact they have had on “movement” for many countries around the world! And so here are a few photos of an obsolete train track spot in our town:

train no longer on the move - priorhouse 2014old train cars in rva - priorhouse 2014-3


train no longer on th emove - priorhouse 2014 -2

This is linked to the DP weekly photo challenge, which is “on the move” this week –  Go here for more entries.

And go HERE for a classroom resource page on Trains in the U.S.

Have a nice Monday!

tree growing out of a train track - priorhouse 2014

15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – on the move (trains)

  1. While I’ve seen (and photographed) a lot of abandoned tracks, I’ve not seen cars/engines left behind, too! It’s like you have rust bucket treasures in your own back yard! My favorite is you photo of the 3333 3333 engine. Great feature, Yvette! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day:-)


    1. Good Morning mama-mick! and thanks so much for the nice comments – and well, i was thinking about using some of the canal walk photos for my Monday walk with Jo this week – but not sure. Oh – and I did get a couple of signs that reminded me of you recent post…. anyhow, have a great week – ~yvette


  2. I loved train travel but sadly they are a dying travel form. The trains over here are being restyled to look like airplane interiors. You can’t get up and wander around and your plastic food containers are delivered to your seat. No dining cars now where you could walk down to and meet fellow passengers. And the price of train travel is now higher than flying…. 😦


    1. thanks so much for this info – and well it sounds like it is not the experience it used to be!! the only experience we really have with trains is many times my in-laws take a quick one when they come to visit us from my husband’s brother’s house in Baltimore. If they hop on a train to come here – it is usually between 50 and 70 dollars – and we get to avoid all the DC traffic.
      Have a great day! 🙂


      1. My favourite train experience was the Trans Mongolian, real old style sleeper compartments and dining car etc. To get from one end of Australia or one side to the other they still have the legendary Ghan (north south) and Indian Pacific (east west) They take days to do the journey and are VERY expensive, but they are memorable experiences.


  3. Great take on, Yvette! I wish we had train system like in Europe, but that may not support the consumption of oil that the big oil companies rely on…


    1. Hi Amy – hope you had a nice weekend – 🙂

      And did you also know that the US is behind the times in modern rail use (cool article here: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/why-the-u-s-doesnt-have-high-speed-rail-yet/) and I guess New Jersey and California need a better rail system more than some other states – but in general, the United Sates needs

      “a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.”


    1. oh cool – I will be on the lookout – and I actually found out about “national train day” from someone’s blog last week – cannot recall where….
      ❤ lundi heureux!


  4. How fun to post about movement when they haven’t moved in ages… but what stories that engine and those tracks could tell. Great shots… I love the two with the trees between the piled up tracks.


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