The Rusted Rail.

A blog about my adventures in photography and life. Written by Gene Bowker

Thurmond Depot

May 23, 2015  •  2 Comments

Thurmond was always one of those places I had read about but somehow never made it to in person.


I wasn't sure I was going to make it on my recent trip to West Virginia due to the weather on the day that I traveled up to the New River Gorge area.  However, the rain passed in time to make the trip down to the river along the twisty road.


In person, the "town" seemed even smaller than I had imagined.  It is hard to imagine when it was a bustling town and a coaling point for C&O locomotives on the line through town.


I wished I had seen a CSX train during our short stay, but I'm hoping to return soon to this hidden gem.

2014 Year in Review

December 31, 2014  •  2 Comments

It's really hard to believe that 2015 is already here.  2014 flew by quicker than I expected.  I can't say I accomplished everything I wanted to photography wise, but I'm overall happy with my work for the year.

The biggest thing I learned in 2014 artistically was to feel free to use my images as the beginning of artwork instead of feeling they have to tell the entire story straight from the camera.

I really enjoyed the Impressions shots that I did and I hope to work on more similar images in 2015.  I look forward to traveling to find these kinds of places.

Ho Ho Ho

December 15, 2014  •  1 Comment

Feeling a little more in the holiday spirit after a great weekend and a visit out to Paradise Garden in Summerville, Georgia yesterday.

That was the first chance this year to see Christmas lights on the drive back home. Seeing lights always does a great job of bringing back good memories of holiday seasons past.

Speaking of seasons past, here is a photo from last December of Santa hoping someone will bring him home to spread the cheer.

Back to our roots

December 11, 2014  •  2 Comments

Sometimes, we need to return to our roots I think.

When I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon xTi, I decided to take it over to Augusta, Georgia to shoot along the Riverwalk and try it out. The Savannah River was quite calm that morning and there was no boat traffic.  The old Southern Railway bridge was reflected in the water. The only thing that would have improved it, a steam train going across.

Years later, this shot is still one of my all-time favorites.  I was never able to duplicate that scene on numerous visits to the location while living in South Carolina.

The image was made as a jpeg.  I didn't know about RAW at the time and was converted to BW in the Canon software provided.  I wish I had a RAW file to process now as I think I could bring out some more details in the shadows, etc...

As we quickly approach the end of 2014, it is time to start thinking about 2015 and our goals as photographers. I'm hoping to do a better job than I did this year of getting out and shooting something every week.  I wish I could say "everyday" but with my work schedule "every week" seems like an achievable goal.

I also hope to do a better job of posting here on the blog. I look back and see some pretty "dry" periods.  My goal for 2015 will be to do at least one post a week. Hopefully, I'll exceed that.

Looking for a good home

December 06, 2014  •  2 Comments


I always wish that ornaments will find good homes for the holidays.  A place where they can make memories.

Nothing like digging through old ornaments that have memories attached and thinking about the years.  I still have a few wood ones that my dad painted for me back when I was just a baby. 

Of course, there are lots of trains... 

Maybe somebody adopted this guy and gave him a home on the tree.


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