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Railroad Maintenance Cars

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 13 April 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Railroad Maintenance Cars have become a part of our past, but for years, you would see these interesting little vehicles carrying maintenance crews, cruising along the railroad tracks of North America. Since newer techniques have been implemented to get crews around, the old cars have become collectors items. They still travel the rails, but these days, they are used for pleasure trips.

PENTAX K200D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 100 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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PATRICK from miramas, France


13 Apr 2012 5:11am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Génaile ce vieux tranin Wageon sur raile sueprbe compo nostalgique e tiamge.
Belle journée

13 Apr 2012 5:16am

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Not very young but also the look!

13 Apr 2012 5:47am

@Marie LC: LOL....well preserved like some of us! Thank you very much Marie! ;-))

Sido from Seville, Spain

I would not mind a short trip in one of these. Good day.

13 Apr 2012 7:02am

@Sido: Thank you very much Sido! Yes, they are quire comfortable! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

I want the same for going in holidays with my family and luggages !

13 Apr 2012 8:21am

@Gérard Beullac: I am sure if you check on-line you will find an outfitter that is providing that kind of vacation! Thank you very much Gerard! ;-)

Khalil from Beyrouth, Lebanon

Pas jeune mais bien conservé.

13 Apr 2012 8:49am

@Khalil: Merci beaucoup Khalil! ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

It's a pleasant and funny machine , Phil

13 Apr 2012 8:54am

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Would be fun to travel in this, nice shot.

13 Apr 2012 9:07am

@Graham Russon: Yes, a wonderful adventure! Thank you very much Graham! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I hope the scenery is good on this trip Eric, that carriage looks a little draughty.

13 Apr 2012 9:22am

@Curly: would definitely be a summertime trip! Thank you very much Curly! ;-)

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Coucou!!! superbe cette locomotive!!! j'aime+++++++

13 Apr 2012 9:48am

@Martine: Merci beaucoup Martine! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That's just too cool, Eric! What they use today sure looks a lot different than an old truck, eh? Great shot!

13 Apr 2012 11:16am

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Jamais vu ainsi... C'est bien fait Eric)

13 Apr 2012 12:51pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! ;-)

Naa-ila from Cape Town, South Africa

good shot
i like your photo alot

13 Apr 2012 1:15pm

@Naa-ila: Thank you very much Naa-ila! ;-)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Reminds me a little bit of toy's..the colours,the shapes,just funny ...:)
Very well captured Eric!

13 Apr 2012 1:24pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! ;-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

so ähnlich sahen die bei uns auch aus. Das Führerhaus war aber auch in Gelb.
Sehr gut.

13 Apr 2012 1:51pm

@Heinz: Vielen Dank Heinz! ;-)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Oh, he has a funny face ! Charming pink color !

13 Apr 2012 2:04pm

@Hiro: Thank you very much Hiro! ;-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice image

13 Apr 2012 2:21pm

@Doug: Thank you very much Doug! ;-)

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

I've never seen one of these before, it's pretty cool! A great capture Eric.

13 Apr 2012 2:54pm

@Carol: Thank you very much Carol! No they are not used very often any more! ;-)

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Great shot. nice image.

13 Apr 2012 3:37pm

@Lena: Thank you very much Lena! ;-)

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

Wouldn't it be fun to have a car like this and an old unused railroad to run it on. Fine image of this old work horse.

13 Apr 2012 3:43pm

@Slackwater - Don: Yes, that would be a real blast! Thank you very much Don! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Almost looks like a toy train. Good series, Eric

13 Apr 2012 3:50pm

@El pare: Yes, by comparison to the size of the other railroad equipment they do appear to be very toy like! Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

what a fantastic image!

13 Apr 2012 4:33pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

They still look to be a nifty way to get around.

13 Apr 2012 5:58pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Yes, I think there are some outfitters that use them at vacation vehicles! ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent framing, a very interesting capture ! Have a lovely day Eric :)

13 Apr 2012 6:39pm

@Tamara: Thank you very much Tamara! ;-)

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

It looks like a big toy. Nice capture Eric.

13 Apr 2012 7:04pm

@Tomek: Yes it does! Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente reportaje Eric, magnifica informacion, un saludo!!

13 Apr 2012 7:22pm

@Isidro: Muchas gracias Isidro! ;-)

vu@granby - gilles daigneault from Granby, Québec, Canada

used for pleasure trips.
a nice way to remember.

Have a nice day Eric!


13 Apr 2012 7:33pm

@vu@granby - gilles daigneault: Thank you very much Gilles! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

a poignant reminder of past days ... i can well remember these engines rumbling down the line ...

13 Apr 2012 7:41pm

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Very interesting engine!!!:)

13 Apr 2012 8:58pm

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture and information...I always found these cars to be so very interesting! Have a great weekend!

13 Apr 2012 8:58pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;-)

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

oh oh oh .. another giant thing in a giant format ;) how cool ;)

13 Apr 2012 9:14pm

@Mariana M.: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

They look both practical and cute! Great shot.

13 Apr 2012 9:28pm

@Bettina: That they are! Thank you very much Bettina! ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Around where I lived, we used to call these and the smaller format ones "putt-putts" because of the sound the engine made coming up the tracks. Wonderful capture and memories.

13 Apr 2012 9:30pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! They were definitely underpowered! ;-)

Niloofar ☯ (Lotus) from Tehran, Iran

C O O L !

Oh Eric, what an excellent framing! Amazing all at the same time!
I wish I was the driver of this car! :D It's lovely!

13 Apr 2012 10:01pm

@Niloofar ☯ (Lotus): Thank you very much Niloofar! ;-)

Bron from Canberra, Australia

I agree! Excellent framing and colour Eric :)

13 Apr 2012 10:29pm

@Bron: Thank you very much Bron! ;-)

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

These little cars are really beautiful, so appropriate for pleasure trips. Fabulous shot, nice colors !!!

13 Apr 2012 10:40pm

@Baldwin VW: Thank you very much Baldwin! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

You certainly don't see these too often anymore on the tracks. Great shot! I read somewhere recently where people have purchased railroad cars and they have outfitted them like a trailer so it has their kitchen, sleeping area, etc. and they can hook them onto a train for a fee and it will take them wherever the train is going. I thought that might be fun!

14 Apr 2012 12:58am

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! Yes, that definitely sounds like fun! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

"I've been working on the railroad" - song is running through my head as I look at this. ;-)

14 Apr 2012 2:54am

@B. Thomas: ROFL......I wondered how long it would take someone to come up with this! Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot. They look nice and will be interesting to travel for pleasure trip. Excellent, Eric! :)

14 Apr 2012 4:36am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

Thank you for taking us back in time, this series is such a pleasure!

14 Apr 2012 5:29pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Very nice capture...the crew surely appreciated this one

16 Apr 2012 6:35pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

1/125 second
ISO 100
42 mm (35mm equiv.)