Details, Details

A journey by rail begins with the first step from the platform to a waiting passenger car. These are the steps to a Horizon fleet coach.

A journey by rail begins with the first step from the platform to a waiting passenger car. These are the steps to a Horizon fleet coach.

The cumulative effects of wear and tear.

The cumulative effects of wear and tear.

I’m a details person. When I have time to study a piece of equipment, I like to study facets of what most people give at best just a glance if they notice it at all.

Most railroad photograph is done of moving trains, which makes it difficult to hone in on and get detail photographs.

Often the best place to get detailed photographs is in a railroad museum. But you can also capture details at railroad stations.

Here are a couple of detail shots that I made in Durand, Michigan, last July. The train is the westbound Blue Water from Port Huron, Michigan, to Chicago.

The equipment is a Horizon coach, which is not something that we see very often in Northeast Ohio because the Horizon fleet tends to be concentrated on corridor trains in the Midwest and California.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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