Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Perfect Ending to Steam Day

I was waffling about whether or not I wanted to do the next part but I figured this was the last weekend to catch her.
 So next, I headed up to Owosso to catch the Pere Marquette 1225.  Since I already had pictures of two other steam powered vessels, I figured a train would be a nice addition.
 I had to park a bit away though and I didn't want to miss her, so I didn't take too many pictures in Owosso.
 This time, I tried some detail shots.
 Looking forward.
 A shot of two of her drive wheels.  It's amazing just how big each of these is.
 A shot of her top.
 I love this view of a steam engine.
 Her name plate and other details.
 Another view I like.
 If you're going to get this view, make sure the train is not moving.
 A closeup of her front.
 From the other side.
 The more oblique angle.
 And I started to head back to my car.
 Then I decided to head over to the Carland elevator to catch her as she passed.
 she approaches.
 I was hoping to get more of the elevator in this shot but a car parked here at the last minue.
 But I think I got a better shot anyway.
 And she wooshes by.
 It's kind of neat.
 Then I headed to her destination of Ashley.  I got there in just enough time to catch her as she came in.  I think it made for a pretty nice picture.

 Her helper engine.  Apparently, she has no way of turning around in Ashley, so this is used to pull her back.
 They have Ashley set up as a little Christmas village, it was pretty neat.  I think next year, I might actually ride the train over here.
A Christmas wreath.

Durand by Daylight

Next I decided to head up to Owosso to catch another steam powered vehicle but before heading there, I decided to stop b Durand.
 I liked the look of this station at night and I figured that I wanted to catch it in the daylight.  It did not disappoint.
 I saw this last time but I didn't have the light to take a picture of it.
 The train station from another angle.  It is kind of cool that they still use it as an active station.  But I think there is only a westbound and eastbound Amtrak from here.
 As I was wandering around town because I saw a railyard and I was trying to find it.  Instead I stumbled across this old steam engine.  It used to belong to the Grand Trunk Western.
 It also looks like it could use a little love but I kind of liked it because it gave it character.
I was not happy about the fence around it though.  I guess I'll have to wander here again when I have a little time.

Hello To an Old Friend

Little did I realize, it would turn out to be a steam powered day for me.
 As I was checking AIS, I noticed that the Munson was heading downbound and would be passing about the time I was finishing my chase of the Algoma Montrealais.
 As it turned out, I passed her on the way to the Blue Water Bridge but I figured, I would be able to catch her around St. Clair or so after taking pictures of the Montrealais.  I thought it was more important to finish with the Montrealais since the Munson is safe for now.
 The Munson is also a steam powered vessel but given the Jones Act, she's not likely to be scrapped anytime soon.  Besides, it would be a shame to see her go.
 I think the water was even smoother for the Munson, as I almost had a pretty nice reflection of her in the water.  It almost reminded me of some of the pictures I took up in Duluth.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
 A shot of her almost straight out.
 And her deckhouse.
 She continues down the St. Clair River.
 A shot of her stern.  They don't quite make them like this anymore.
 Then I headed down to Marine City to catch some more pictures.
 The water seemed even smoother here.
 But it made for nice pictures.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
 And she continues down the St. Clair.
 So then I headed over to the State Park to get one more glmpse of her.  I think she was heading down to the Rouge River to dump off some stone.

 The profile shot.
 One more profile shot.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
And she continues on to Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and the Rouge River.