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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Photoblog Wednesday - Vacation Shots

Today is a combination of Photoblog Wednesday and a little about the trains from Vacation. As I mentioned yesterday, as is the custom with our summer trips, it was all about the trains and the baseball. Like our last 2-week trip, our honeymoon in 2009, we did a few other things too. On the first Saturday, this was our view at lunch!

Niagara Falls Horseshoe Falls

Our big “spoil us” meal of the trip was late lunch (early bird dinner) at Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. Yes, I’m getting more and more pleased with the investment in the passport. The revolving restaurant has wonderful food and great views of the Canadian and American Fall, with a view of Toronto in the distance as it turns. Totally cool way to spend an afternoon that had gotten a bit too cloudy for train photos.

Speaking of trains, I have to show you my trains!

This is the NS Business Special from the first week of the trip.

Norfolk Southern Business Special

The Norfolk Southern F-Units are just gorgeous engines! That train just oozes class as it glides down the track.

It was cool to meet up with some friends while chasing this trip. The business train in New York is rare and it attracted a lot of railfans. So it was kinda like a cross between a steam train chase and a sunny Summerail Sunday, with a gang of people participating in their favorite hobby together – much fun!

We chased the Livonia, Avon and Lakeville around town a couple of times.

Barilla Pasta plant in Avon, NY

This is my favorite shot of the LA &L. It combines the train with another one of my favorite things, commercial advertising and logos. Barilla is my store-pasta of choice anyway. One afternoon they were making pasta at the plant and the air smelled so good it just cried for spaghetti sauce!

While the Barilla Pasta plant appeals to my interests outside of the trains, the Aces train was definitely David’s on more than one level!

The Aces train to Atlantic City

My poker-loving man would SO take the train to go play poker if there was one closer to our home! Can you imagine a train from Toledo to the casinos in Detroit or Windsor? I can’t imagine there will be more than a bus once they get the Toledo casino up.

I was so happy to get this one!

Starrucca Viaduct

In a past Photoblog I showed Starrucca Viaduct in Pennsylvania. On September 2 we caught the fairly rare shot of a train going over it! This was taken from the back of a soccer field.

My favorite shot of the trip from my camera was this early morning shot of a Buffalo and Pittsburgh train. I love the lighting and the fog in the back. This is definitely my best train of the trip!

B&P with morning fog

1 comment:

Edna B said...

Super photos!! Is it legal to have this much fun?? So glad you and David had a wonderful vacation. I've never been to Niagra Falls, but a couple of my kids went there and they said it was awesome!

I'm going to try to get my new program installed tomorrow. Thanks for the offer to help. I'm very good at asking for help.

With all your gorgeous train photos, you should be able to make a fantastic calendar. Go for it!!

I've always wanted to do a book, so maybe next year I can do a nature book with my photos. We'll see.

I'm off now to watch NCIS with Tootsie. At the moment, that photo of her in the stroller isn't on the calendar list. But who knows?

Have a great evening, hugs, Edna B.