Trans Hudson No. 256

More from the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. Because it’s been awhile. Maybe.

  • Hudson & Manhattan Subway Car
  • 1909
  • Builder: Pressed Steel
  • Capacity: 125 (44 seats)

Jack: “What did he say?”

Peter: “He said the train is lost.”

Jack: “How can a train be lost? It’s on rails.”

– Jason Schwartzman & Adrien Brody – The Darjeeling Limited

About this image: faux van dyke print – digital photograph – highly manipulated


69 thoughts on “Trans Hudson No. 256

  1. I could live in the Smithsonian American History Museum… specifically on the lowest floor, where the trains, cars, etc. are housed. I am fascinated.
    Great shot, SIG.

  2. So cool!

    That was the first Wes Anderson movie that didn’t take me three viewings to finally like. I think it’s because I was finally a grown-up when it came out, but Kamran says it’s because it was the most simplistic.

    • Many thanks, U.M.!
      I have to admit I love pretty much all things Wes Anderson…
      I just saw a trailer for Moonrise Kingdom today – can’t wait until it comes out!

  3. Ah, my dear Robert! In life anything can happen. Even lost trains on tracks….

    Thank you caring. You are so special to me… even today you have made me smile.



    • Very, very true, Juana.
      I was so terribly saddened to hear of your great loss…
      absolutely heartbreaking. Beyond words. I’m not sure why, but sometimes it seems like the very worst things happen to the very best people. You and your family remain in my thoughts, Juana…
      please try to stay strong, my friend…

    • I’m very happy to hear that, S.E… thank you!
      When I first put this together I thought there was ‘something’ to it… I’ve been looking at it for quite some time now, though… so I’m not quite as sure as before.

    • I haven’t yet seen any episodes of Boardwalk Empire, but I’m really looking forward to checking out at some point. I just finally saw my first few episodes of Mad Men… can you tell I live under a rock? It’s getting embarrassing at this point, Dishy!

  4. At first I thought it was a ticket booth. Very interesting textures.

    44 seats and 125 people? I wonder if they played musical chairs on that train.

    • Thank you, sir!
      Hahaha… good point! Lets hope those seats were bigger than it seems they would have to be to fit into that car (with a walkable isle thrown in for good measure, too)!

  5. love the quote – and enjoyed this image that steps back in time.
    really enjoy riding the train. not so much here since there aren’t so many, but when i am in europe.
    thanks for sharing.
    so how do you lose a train? πŸ™‚

    • That is wonderful to hear, P&K, thank you!
      I haven’t ridden too many trains, but I’ve always really liked them. Such a history there, I think.
      Hahaha… a very good question… I hope I never find out, though. Seems like it would mean trouble!

  6. This has a lovely, brooding quality to it. I expect Claude Rains to open that door and step out.

    Hey SIG, do you make your living with your camera?

    • Thanks so much, Peg! I’ll take that any day!
      Sadly about the only think I make with my camera is a mess. That sure would be nice, though. And a great excuse to look into some new equipment, too!

  7. Beautiful shot. Fells like you are stepping into another time and place.
    How did the train become lost ?
    The engineer became dis-Track-ted. ;D

    • The museum gets all the credit for that, I’d say…
      such a cool place… with your great sense of history I think you would really like it, too, elmediat!
      Hahaha… it would be difficult to ‘rail’ against a funny thought like that!

  8. Very nice Bob. Like the processing. Ironically, the crop makes it almost look like a ticket office! Fascinating quotes too πŸ™‚

    Pressed Steel produced some Diesel Multiple Units for British Railways between 1959 and 1961. Many of them worked out of London Paddington Station on the commuter runs so I was very familiar with them. They were based on a BR Derby design and inherited the common metaphor for such units of ‘Derby Deathtraps’. A similar name was applied to Ford cars… ‘Dagenham Dustbins’ – they were made at Dagenham in Essex.

    • Thanks so much, Martin! You would love that museum… great exhibits there…and you can walk right up to most of them, too!

      That’s fascinating stuff! I knew I should have asked you to ghost-write this post! I love old train ‘stuff’, but, sadly (and without good excuse), my ‘history’ on the subject is lacking. I’m not sure why, really, because I always love to find out pieces of info like this… almost makes me feel like I’m in on it all, somehow!

    • Happy to hear you were ‘all aboard’ with this one, A.G…
      I’ve always been very fond of ‘train stuff’ myself…
      so much history there… and a sense of freedom and adventure, I think…

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