Perfect Capture

Sometimes a scene captures a location and time almost perfectly.

Baltimore & Ohio No. 4309 is westbound in Clinton in April 1986. On the left is the feed store, which is now a hardware store.

Almost invisible is the siding to the feed store. This siding could also serve as a team track. On the right of the tracks is a long-gone house that once was a hotel.

The two-track mainline was single tracked in the early 1990s. The area to the right of the ballast is now a long line of trees which shadows the tracks on a morning like this.

As this is a cropped image, you can’t see the bottom of the photo where the tracks have curved farther to the left and I am not standing as close as this looks.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

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