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Pullman Rail Cars

The Pullman Car Company, founded by George Pullman, manufactured railroad cars in the mid-to-late 19th century through the early decades of the 20th century, during the boom of railroads in the United States. Its workers initially lived in a planned worker community (or “company town”) named Pullman. Pullman developed the sleeping car, which carried his name into the 1980s. Pullman did not just manufacture the cars: he also operated them on most of the railroads in the United States, paying railroad companies to couple the cars to trains. The labor union associated with the company, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which was founded and organized by A. Philip Randolph, was one of the most powerful African-American political entities of the 20th century. The company also built thousands of streetcars and trolley cars for use in cities. (Details from Wikipedia click here)

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Pullman Rail Cars – Click To Enlarge

I spent 2 days riding in a Pullman sleeping car, after the first day I felt trapped. But it could have been worse, well it was since at the end of the trip my head was shaved and the US Army claimed me (the 60’s, everyone was there).

For decades, during the big days of train travel, Pullman was considered Luxury.

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Pullman Rail Cars – Click To Enlarge

Most of my life, and really not all that long ago, we had heavy, quality, wool blankets in my family all stamped Pullman Company. I don’t know, don’t want to…previous generation thing.

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Pullman Rail Cars – Click To Enlarge

All photographs here taken at the Connecticut Valley Railroad yards, June 2017. They use restored Pullman cars for tourist trips, dinner cars, and train rides to a river boat. Very cool, and the yards never have had a problem with me wandering around.

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Treasure In A Train Yard

Not what you would expect to find on a track with old locomotives and club cars. What I would describe as a treasure.

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Treasure In A Train Yard – Click To Enlarge
Treasure In A Train Yard - Click To Enlarge
Treasure In A Train Yard – Click To Enlarge

Connecticut is also the winter home to one of the last traveling circus in the US. This car looks to be used now as a side track advertisement (when cleaned up).

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Treasure In A Train Yard – Click To Enlarge

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Passing through New England and fell right back into the old habits of ‘hunting for stuff’ .

Some Things Just Don’t Change

1846 they started to make this product. A simple extract from the Witch-hazel shrub. It’s actually a native american medicine.

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Witch Hazel – Click To Enlarge

It is still made in an old mill brick building in Essex Connecticut.

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Witch Hazel – Click To Enlarge

The logo, and flying witch weather vane, has always fascinated me.

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Witch Hazel – Click To Enlarge

Driving by recently we made a quick stop to finally shoot the weather vane. Never bothered when I lived near by.

Dreary Snowy Egret

This is another one of those photographs where ‘technically’ the subject, Egret, should have taken up more space in the image.

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Dreary Snowy Egret – Click To Enlarge

The Egret itself is sharp and crisp in the image so cropping would have been no problem.

I processed for a 16×9 print, landscape, to take advantage of the reeds in the fore and general brown bokeh in the balance of the photograph.

It seemed to me both the bird and the windy brown marsh were important to the image. At the end of the day it’s just an Egret picture not a Monet.