Not the usual view of a train! How often does one get to see the top of the carriages? The feature photo is looking up through a ceiling window in the dome car.
I couldn’t resist framing this vista of Manhattan’s skyscrapers through the iron arches along the top of the Rockefeller building. I loved the contrast of old and new.
Pine Creek Railway Museum, Northern Territory, Australia
I have two sets of railway-related photos for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with this week’s theme of trains and tracks. The first is from Pine Creek in northern Australia, where enthusiasts and volunteers maintain a small museum dedicated to the area’s railway history.
The narrow-gauge North Australia Railway ran south from Darwin and reached Pine Creek in 1888. By 1929 it had reached its farthest point, Birdum, a distance of some 509 km (316 miles). The line’s busiest period was during World War II.
The line closed on 30 June 1976, overshadowed by more effective means of transport, but in its time was important carrier of goods and people.
The Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona, US
The first train to carry passengers the 103 km (64 miles) from Williams, Arizona to the south rim of the Grand Canyon ran on 17 September 1901.
As with the North Australia Railway, competition from cars led to closure of the Grand Canyon Railway in July 1968 (only three passengers were on the last run!). Three unsuccessful attempts were made to resurrect the line, until in 1989 services resumed under different ownership.
The train today offers seating in various classes, from all-inclusive food and drink luxury carriages to high-domed viewing carriages to straightforward seating.
At the end of the train is an open platform that offers uninterrupted views back at the tracks, or forward if you lean around the corner of the carriage.
I think you can guess which class of seat I opted for. 😉
(Information about these reailways was taken from Wikipedia)
Right, prepare to scroll down and down … herewith, the remaining Bench Series 2015 photos, presented geographically. It’s a mix of incidental benches and focus benches. I’d like to give a huge thanks to Jude to hosting and organising this challenge all year. I now have to train myself to stop photographing every bench I see!
And a trio from Kew Gardens, one of my favourite London places.
I love Eastbourne. I used to walk along the coast, up and down those rolling chalk cliffs with the amazing views out to sea.
Somewhere in Wales
I don’t mean to be cryptic about the location, I just forget where this is!
I don’t remember the name of my hotel, but it had this lovely grotto out back.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lamy, New Mexico
Never heard of Lamy? Me neither. But I spent a few hot hours at its train station, waiting for a train whose arrival time became later and later …
Williams Junction, Arizona
Another place you may never have heard of — unless you’ve taken the train to the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon Village
near New Orleans
This is Oak Alley Plantation, well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
And that, you’ll be relieved to learn if you’ve made it this far down the page, is the end of the Bumper Bench Bonanza. “Thank you” to everyone who has visited these posts over the past year!