Railcar Noir

Here’s a shot I took at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. Also, this is the part of the show where I should probably pen something all dark and brooding… if only I had ‘the writing skills’…

Napoleon Dynamite: “…I don’t even have any good skills.”

Pedro Sanchez: “What do you mean?”

Napoleon Dynamite: “You know, like… nunchuck skills… bow-hunting skills… computer-hacking skills…”

Jon Heder & Efren Ramirez – Napoleon Dynamite


42 thoughts on “Railcar Noir

  1. Great shot. My eye keeps going to those lines of rivets and it reminds me of the time I saw the earlier space pods at Kennedy Space Centre. I couldn’t get over how they too seemed to be held together with rivets. They looked like something from a child’s Mechano set. (Sorry, that has virtually nothing to do with anything here really but that’s where the rivets sent me today)! 😀

    • Seems very appropriate to me – and thank you, Jayne!
      If I ever get the time and space one of my intended future project is to build a large frame, rivet some aluminum to it, and then paint some WWII era aircraft nose art on it. I love the ‘look’ of riveted metal and all the history / mechanization ‘stuff’…

    • Thank you so much, U.M.!
      If I’ve got a camera I won’t be able to resist the temptation to roll around on the ground with it… that’s half the fun, you know! 🙂

  2. Of all the railcars in all the towns in all the world, you have to photograph this one. Great noir shot, it is the stuff that dreams are made of.

    • Thank you so much, sir!
      I had a feeling that if I didn’t photograph this railcar I’d regret it. maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon… and for the rest of my life…

  3. WOW!!! Do you realise you’ve captured an extremely rare sight??? A railcar with NO graffiti… Unbelievable. It must’ve been locked away in an underground bunker for the last 100 years.

    • Hahaha… now that you mention it… yeah, that is pretty rare, isn’t it?! It must be because these were fenced in on museum property… still, I’m surprised too. There were other cars with broken glass, etc. but it really looked to be more from wear than vandalism. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Jason!
      Fortunately that is very easy to add (otherwise this might have wound up being straight black and white… I did think the hint of tone added to this one, though)! 🙂

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