Freight Train – Pacific, Missouri

Freight Train - Pacific, Missouri © Robert Jay Matejcek

Is anyone else craving beans, or is it just me?!

Charlie Kelly: “How do hobos fit all this stuff into a bandana? It doesn’t make sense, man! We’re gonna need a towel, or a tablecloth or something, but… ahhh! It’s not gonna look cool! We’ll look like a******s!”

Charlie Day – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone


Headlights, 1958 Cadillac


Er… I’m… fairly certain it’s a ’58. I think. Maybe. Hmm…

‘Kill the headlights and put it in neutral…

Stock car flamin’ with a loser in the cruise-control…’

– Beck – Loser

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop

Plastic Porter


I might have jumped a little. Full-disclosure. Although, on second thought, I’m pretty sure I could out-run this dude. Still, such creepiness will probably affect the tip.

Wes Mantooth: “What, you guys can’t say one thing?! Even the guy that can’t think said something! You guys just stand there?! Come on!”

– Vince Vaughn – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone (minimally edited in Photoshop)

Car 54

I wanted  it to look like this car from the Museum of Transportation could still be in service, so I re-built quite a bit of the above.

If you’re curious… unedited photo here (click thumbnail for full-size)… and more info below:

  • Mass. Bay Area Trans. Authority No. 54
  • Coach (Model RDC-1)
  • Budd; 1954
  • Self-Propelled, diesel-powered, built for Canadian Pacific Ry.

About this image: digital photograph; moderately modified

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

Red River Ford

Keep on truckin’ everyone.

Do people still use that line? Probably not.

Still… that’s about all that comes to mind right now.

It seems like the truck’s got my tongue. Or… something like that.

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified


Okay, I can admit it… I still think ‘trains is ‘perty cool’. Someday I’d love to have an extremely small scale 20’s era cityscape/train set (built-in under a glass topped coffee table). I might be alone in this thought, though; it’s probably my When Harry Met Sally wagon wheel coffee table moment.

Speaking of trains, I used to be employed by an architectural firm practicing out of a remodeled depot – where I worked diligently got to watch railroad stuff all the time. The trains would literally shake the building… it was pretty cool.

About this image: Digital photograph lightly manipulated. I think the shallow depth of field works well in this shot… although I doubt I can be credited for that. This was one of the first digital photos I took, and my camera was likely set on full auto. But I still like to pretend I’m responsible for everything you see here.