Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker: Blog http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog en-us (C) Gene Bowker 2017 genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:29:00 GMT Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:29:00 GMT http://www.rustedrailimages.com/img/s/v-5/u723901028-o746292077-50.jpg Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker: Blog http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog 120 120 The Elkhorn Inn and Theater http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/6/the-elkhorn-inn-and-theater One of my favorite places to Railfan 

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The next road trip... http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/6/the-next-road-trip  It's always fun planning the next road trip.  This time we'll be visiting Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and wrapping up in Georgia.

 There are lots of fun things to see, but part of the fun is finding the unexpected along the way.

 I'm looking forward to some new photos of Americana to share along with maybe a few trains!

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) 2017 Americana Photography Road Trip http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/6/the-next-road-trip Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:33:25 GMT
Coke or Pepsi? http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/6/coke-or-pepsi Coke or Pepsi. The age old question.

I've always been a Coca-Cola guy.  These days it is liable to be a Coke-Zero due to being sugar free, but the I've just always preferred the taste of Coke to Pepsi.  I am old enough to remember how horrible New Coke was when it tried to become Pepsi.

Living near Atlanta, I'm in the middle of "Coke Country" but even around here there are Pepsi lovers.

Which do you prefer and why?  Let me know in the comments

Both Coke and Pepsi have had great advertising over the years and I really enjoy when I find something great from either of them to photograph.

If you enjoy Americana and old advertising, I hope you'll follow my Rustedrailamericana account over on Instagram!

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Americana Georgia Photography http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/6/coke-or-pepsi Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:57:06 GMT
Modern Day Treasure Hunters - Amelia Research and Recovery Company http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/6/modern-day-treasure-hunters---amelia-research-and-recovery-company  While walking along the beach last week, Patrice and I saw the Amelia Research and Recovery Company's ship docked at the pier.

 I had never heard of them, but my trusty phone came up with their website and facebook page.

 Here is a photo I took of them while walking.

 

Amelia Research and Recovery Company?

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Florida Photography Treasure Hunters http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/6/modern-day-treasure-hunters---amelia-research-and-recovery-company Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:19:17 GMT
The Big Apple of Cornelia http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/5/the-big-apple-of-cornelia It's always fun finding others who share my interest in those Americana wonders along the road.

I was lucky enough to be featured by In Search of Quirk over on instagram!

They have a feed full of those things at make America special.

Be sure to follow @insearchofquirk and me on Instagram! 

 

⤵️⤵️⤵️⤵️⤵️ . 🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥 🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥 . Today's road trip takes us to Cornelia, Georgia. 🗺 🇺🇸 . 🏆 Big congrats and apple fritters go to quirk expert @genebowker!🕺🏻💃🏻 . He went in search of quirk at the old railroad depot and found the Big Red Apple, a 1926 monument to the apple growers and apple industry that once was important to Cornelia and Habersham county! 😃 . 🌀 🍎 🌀 🍎 🌀 🍎 🌀 🍎 🌀 . Many thanks, Gene, for tagging #insearchofquirk to share your big, red, appletastic, fun find! 🙌 . 🌀 🍎 🌀 🍎 🌀 🍎 🌀 🍎 🌀 . #insearchofquirk #cornelia #georgia #monument #sightseeing #quirky #sculpture #bigthings #giantthings #roadtrip #touristattraction #1926 #roadsideattraction #bigredapple #giantapple #apple #isoq_genebowker . 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 🚥 .

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Americana Georgia Instagram Photography http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/5/the-big-apple-of-cornelia Sun, 21 May 2017 13:32:42 GMT
UFO Welcome Center- Bowman SC http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/5/ufo-welcome-center--bowman-sc
 

UFO Welcome Center - Bowman, South Carolina If they come.

He wants to be the first to welcome them to the south.

#rustedrailimages #americana #ufo #southcarolina #sc #roadtrip #roadtripadventures

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When I was living in South Carolina, one of our plants was in Orangeburg.  

One day a co-worker of mine was telling me about this UFO in a small town near by.  Of course, I had to go and check it out.  

The owner was not around when I visited, but I've heard he is quite the character too.

The saucer doesn't appear to be flight worthy, but hopefully our visitors from other planets will be comforted by the attempt to welcome them.

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Americana RustedRailImages SC South Carolina UFO http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2017/5/ufo-welcome-center--bowman-sc Fri, 19 May 2017 14:20:55 GMT
Football Saturday and Old Favorites http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2016/9/football-saturday-and-old-favorites In Georgia, Saturday in the Fall means football especially when the Dawgs are playing at home in Athens.  

I watched the first half against Nichols State, but their unimpressive play had me ready to get back to watching one of my all-time favorite Railroad DVDs the Ultimate Cajon by Pentrex.

 With 12 hours of footage from one of my favorite train-watching locations of childhood (I grew up in Poway down I-15 in San Diego County) its a great reminder of "home".

I'll be posting a full review of this DVD to officially kick off the reviews, but until then have a great weekend!

Georgia Railroad 1026Georgia Railroad 1026The Georgia Railroad 1026 works the caboose train at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia on May 30th, 2015.

 

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Cajon Georgia Pass Pentrex Railroad http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2016/9/football-saturday-and-old-favorites Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:09:23 GMT
A visit with an old friend http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2016/8/a-visit-with-an-old-friend Norfolk & Western 611

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Photography Railroad Trains http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2016/8/a-visit-with-an-old-friend Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:57:42 GMT
Working for a living http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2016/6/working-for-a-living Conagra 101 GainesvilleConagra 101 GainesvilleThe remote control switcher works at Conagra in Gainesville, GA in June 2016

 

The remote control switcher works at Conagra in Gainesville, GA in June 2016.

The sound of the old switcher is in stark contrast to the high-powered road power on the Norfolk Southern behind me.

 

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) 2016 Industrial http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2016/6/working-for-a-living Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:01:41 GMT
Norfolk & Western 521 http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2016/2/norfolk-western-521 NW 521 DesaturatedNW 521 DesaturatedBehind the photo - The Norfolk & Western 521

I had visited the Virginia Museum of Transportation before, but somehow I had overlooked this locomotive until my most recent visit due to some of the more famous attractions there.

The 521 story.

The GP9 was acquired in 1958 to replace the famous J-Class steam engines . The 521 was the last of the class of 21 purchased from EMD. These locomotives were equipped with steam generators and featured a maroon paint scheme which complimented the Norfolk & Western's passenger fleet.

The 521 now resides at the Virginia Museum of Transportation along with the J-Class 611 which it replaced on the railroad 50 plus years ago.

The museum's website talks about the steam to diesel transition:

The railway lines found that a reduction in the size of the crew was a particularly attractive benefit of diesel versus steam. There was no fire, of course, eliminating the need for a fireman. Fueling stops were much less frequent and crews could travel further. However, they did not realize the benefits right away. The powerful railroad unions fought the elimination of the fireman. They also fought the extension of the 100 mile track regions to the 200 or 300 miles that the railways wanted. It took years to win the changes. Today, the diesels typically have two people in each cab, primarily for safety reasons.(A)

Both of these locomotives are great examples of the N&W in the late 1950s which many consider the "Golden Age of Railroading" in America.

More about the 521:http://vmt.org/Loops-Collections/Diesel-Locomotive-Loop/Diesel-Locomotive-EMD-GP-9-521.html

Sources:
(A)
http://vmt.org/Loops-Collections/Diesel-Locomotive-Loop/Diesel-Locomotive-start.html

Behind the photo - The Norfolk & Western 521

I had visited the Virginia Museum of Transportation before, but somehow I had overlooked this locomotive until my most recent visit due to some of the more famous attractions there.

The 521 story.

The GP9 was acquired in 1958 to replace the famous J-Class steam engines . The 521 was the last of the class of 21 purchased from EMD. These locomotives were equipped with steam generators and featured a maroon paint scheme which complimented the Norfolk & Western's passenger fleet.

The 521 now resides at the Virginia Museum of Transportation along with the J-Class 611 which it replaced on the railroad 50 plus years ago.

The museum's website talks about the steam to diesel transition:

The railway lines found that a reduction in the size of the crew was a particularly attractive benefit of diesel versus steam. There was no fire, of course, eliminating the need for a fireman. Fueling stops were much less frequent and crews could travel further. However, they did not realize the benefits right away. The powerful railroad unions fought the elimination of the fireman. They also fought the extension of the 100 mile track regions to the 200 or 300 miles that the railways wanted. It took years to win the changes. Today, the diesels typically have two people in each cab, primarily for safety reasons.(A)

Both of these locomotives are great examples of the N&W in the late 1950s which many consider the "Golden Age of Railroading" in America.

More about the 521: http://vmt.org/Loops-Collections/Diesel-Locomotive-Loop/Diesel-Locomotive-EMD-GP-9-521.html

Sources:
(A)
http://vmt.org/Loops-Collections/Diesel-Locomotive-Loop/Diesel-Locomotive-start.html

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Happy Veterans Day http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/11/happy-veterans-day USMC F4 YorktownUSMC F4 Yorktown

This would have been state of the art when my father served during Vietnam in the Navy.  He flew on E-2s as a radar tech and later served in the Naval Reserve until he passed away in 1986.  

Thanks to all who served and are currently serving today.

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/11/happy-veterans-day Wed, 11 Nov 2015 15:59:08 GMT
PhotoSquared: Bridge over Chattahoochee http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/7/photosquared-bridge-over-chattahoochee Bridge SquareBridge Square

 

Here is a different cropping and black & white conversion of last weekend's image made with the EOS-M3 and 11-22mm lens.

 

I liked this in a square crop format with the log in the lower right pointing towards the bridge in the fog on the opposite bank. 

 

Be sure to check out some of my other square format shots in the PhotoSquared gallery here on the Rusted Rail Images page.

 

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) PhotoSquared http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/7/photosquared-bridge-over-chattahoochee Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:55:43 GMT
Times are a changing... http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/6/times-are-a-changing Amtrak Gainesville GAAmtrak Gainesville GAA late Amtrak train passes South through Gainesville, Georgia on June 21st, 2015.

 

Times are a changing...

I officially made the jump from DSLR to mirrorless recently. I'm moving from the Canon 5D3 to the EOS-M3 (not released in the US, but purchased from a Japanese dealer).

My main reasons for finally making the jump were:

1) I've found the mirrorless system works better for my current shooting style/time. I travel for business a lot and the M3 and the lenses are easy to carry either in carry-on or when driving.
2) The EOS-M3 can use my remaining EF lenses with the adapter. I did sell my 70-200 f/2.8L as it was overkill with the smaller camera.
3) The EOS-M3 can use the new electronic viewfinder (which I purchased) which eliminates the shooting with my arms in front of me (which I hated)
4) When I went on vacation recently, I decided to leave the 5D3 at home because of the weight and the fact that I was shooting with the G1x and original M 99% of the time.

It is taking some time for me to get used to the new system but I had a fun morning taking some train shots today and I'm really enjoying the compactness and capability of the new system.

Here's a shot from this morning... edited in my normal style.

 

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) 2015 Gainesville Georgia http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/6/times-are-a-changing Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:35:10 GMT
Farm Wood http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/6/farm-wood Farm WoodFarm WoodWooden details

I always enjoy taking photos of wood.  The grain is different on every piece of wood I find.

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Wood http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/6/farm-wood Wed, 10 Jun 2015 23:31:13 GMT
A tender retirement http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/6/a-tender-retirement TendersTenders

A line of steam locomotive tenders parked on a weed covered siding at the 

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Railroad Georgia http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/6/a-tender-retirement Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:13:31 GMT
Thurmond Depot http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/5/thurmond-depot

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.

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) WV 2015 Thurmond http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2015/5/thurmond-depot Sun, 24 May 2015 01:01:46 GMT
Back to our roots http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/12/back-to-our-roots 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.

River ReflectionsRiver ReflectionsThe ex-Southern Railway bridge is reflected in the still waters of the Savannah River at Augusta, Georgia.

The bridge is located at the Riverwalk Park in downtown Augusta and still serves the trains of the Norfolk Southern.

When I lived in Aiken, this was a favorite place to visit and photograph. I believe this was the only time I visited over several years when the water was this calm.

The only thing that might of made the image even a little more appealing to me would of been a train crossing the classic iron structure.

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.

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) 2014 Georgia Photography Railroad http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/12/back-to-our-roots Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:05:51 GMT
Old Coca-Cola Sign http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/11/old-coca-cola-sign

This window sign is at Folkston Drug in downtown. It's faded over the years but still guides people inside for an ice cold glass of Coca-Cola.

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) Coca-Cola Coke Sign http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/11/old-coca-cola-sign Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:01:54 GMT
Paradise Lost http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/10/paradise-lost Paradise 301Paradise 301

 

The old Paradise Restaurant on US 301 in rural Georgia is no longer serving meals to hungry travelers.  Its last use was as a flea market and even that seems to be abandoned now.

With a hole in the roof, who knows how much longer it will be standing before it collapses and the sign will just be sitting next to a concrete slab

This week is another long work trip through South Georgia. 

Hopefully with the great fall weather, I'll be able to capture a few images of cotton fields, pumpkins, and who knows what else along the way.

 

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) 2014 BW Georgia US301 http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/10/paradise-lost Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:21:44 GMT
Big weekend for steam! http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/8/big-weekend-for-steam Norfolk Western 1218Norfolk Western 1218

 

Labor Day is a big weekend for steam locomotives in the US.

 

The big news this weekend is the return to steam action of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's 4501 which will be a part of the annual RAILFEST! this weekend in Chattanooga, TN.

I look forward to seeing the 4501 as it returns to the rails as part of the Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program over the next few years, joining the 630, the NKP 765, and hopefully soon the Norfolk & Western 611 undergoing restoration in North Carolina in Spencer.

 

The photo above is of the 611's long-time excursion partner the NW 1218 which resides at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke which would also be a great destination this holiday weekend.

 

Wherever you spend the weekend, I hope you have a great end to the Summer, see a bunch of trains, and stay safe near the tracks!

 

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genebowker@rustedrailimages.com (Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker) 1218 4501 611 Day Labor NS NW VMT http://www.rustedrailimages.com/blog/2014/8/big-weekend-for-steam Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:42:15 GMT