Friday, July 23, 2010

Locomotive on Trestle


This picture was taken in 1913. There is not much information on the picture, but the caption claims that the bridge is the highest single piling trestle in the world.

I have enjoyed reading your train travel stories this week in the comments. Sounds like a lot of people have had good experiences, and a lot have had some bad experiences.

I did have a chance once to ride one of those super fast bullet trains. It was in England, and I was going from London to another city (oops, forgot where I was going, but remember the train ride). I enjoyed the ride but it  took a little while to get used to it. The train travels at close to 200 miles per hour. When you are sitting there, things at eye level a few feet from the railroad track whiz by you, at you get a feeling like something is going to hit you. The ride was smooth, but you had to get used to the things whizzing by so close. Overall though, the best train ride I ever took was the original narrow gauge train from Durango to Silverton. If you have never done that you need to find a way to fit it in one day.

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  2. Magnífica fotografía, me gusta la toma y la calidad.

    Invito a ver mi nuevo blog sobre mi ciudad: www.sannicolasantiguo.blogspot.com

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  3. That is quite a bridge. I'll bet there was some swaying involved when a train passed over it.

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  4. Beautiful photo. I'd be scared to go over that bridge.

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  5. Having looked at the trains, bridges and such this week makes me wonder where has 'style' gone?

    We only have boring, plain and all-alike designs anymore. Maybe that's what has sparked the desire of some to spraypaint their idea of art and style onto them?

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  6. They killed a whole forest for that trestle didn't they!!! The Durango-Silverton train? Three hours going UP, 30 minutes coming down. Beautiful ride though. My grandmother could rob that train while it's going up. No wonder they were easy targets for Butch Cassidy and his Gang.

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  7. I spent a lot of time on trains in Europe, and they were almost all clean and efficient. They use a local vs. express system there, so if you're going between major cities you can skip most of the stops in between.

    The most interesting trip was when I went from France to Spain. The overnight from Paris to Barcelona had to stop at the border to switch to the different gauge rails in Spain. And then we got overnight berths to Algeciras and got to know some really cool older Spanish couples we shared our compartment with.

    Much more pleasant than air travel, that's for sure.

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  8. growing up in colorado, ive ridden the narrow gauge many times, i even took a rare wintertime ride, boy was that scary, and cold too !
    oldbear.

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  9. Look at the OLD PECOS HIGH BRIDGE, near Langtry,Texas.
    Al

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  10. I've only been a passenger on a train twice, but they were long trips--from Ohio to California and then back a couple of weeks later. We took the southern route of Amtrak out and a more northern one back--they had names, but I've forgotten them. I don't know if this was before or after your nightmare trip, but ours was wonderful! There was even a sort of "social director" in our section who saw to it that the passengers got acquainted and provided some activities/entertainment.Took the train because I was afraid to fly, but I've flown since.Flying is very inferior to this train trip, and you miss all the scenery along the way!

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