steam + heat
My dad was a Train Guy. He was so much a Train Guy that he had a favorite locomotive, the one called Big Boy, a behemoth built by Union Pacific. It was in fact the largest steam locomotive ever build, weighing in at around 560 tons. He used to talk about this locomotive a lot.
So when we found out that Big Boy was out on tour this summer, we decided to go see it. For my dad. It was a six-hour drive from home to a place where we could intersect the route, so off we went. We first saw the train roll through a small town – it took less than a minute for it to pass us, all steam and noise and rumbling tracks. From there, we trailed it to Mexia, where it had a scheduled 45-minute stop. There were crowds on both sides of the tracks – seeing giant locomotive was a surprisingly popular afternoon activity.
So, yes, if you’re doing the math you’ll notice that we drove a total of 12 hours to see the train for 45 minutes and 42 seconds. It was worth it, though, because it gave us a chance to remember my dad and his love of trains.
Posted on September 6, 2021, in Photography and tagged 365 photo project, Big Boy, Big Boy 4014, black and white photography, learning to see, Leica, melinda green harvey, monochrome, one day one image, photo a day, photography, postaday, reasons to stop, road trip, steam locomotive, take time to look, texas, things i see, thoughtful seeing, travel photography. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.