Friday, November 14, 2014

Reflections of the Past

Hubby was surfing the internet and discovered some old train trestles still existed near where he grew up and went to school so we had to go explore. We found two of them. This one was marked private property so I took these from the road. The 34.4 mile railroad branch was built to haul the products of several coal mines, logging operations, and oil wells and carry passengers between several tiny communities. There were virtually no roads. Trains averaged 15 miles an hour, crossed 52 bridges, and negotiated 120 curves from one end to the other. In 1925 a car was provided to take children to and from school. That train car ran up until some time in the 50's. While stopping and taking photos we met an older gentleman who had actually rode the school train for almost four years. He had even known some of my husband's family and pointed us in the direction of an abandoned train tunnel we also explored that day.
 
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24 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Love this reflection and I am glad you were able to bring back those lovely memories. Have a lovely weekend.

Karen S. said...

I hate coming across those signs too, but what a fun adventure you had anyway! Great photos, cool reflections.

don said...

These are fine shots the old trestle. The vague reflections are appealing.

Ed said...

Nice reflection and a wonderful story to go along with it. Thanks for sharing.

Bethany Carson said...

Lovely photo of the trestle! It must have been fun to explore the tunnel! There is a path near us that used to be a train track...we followed it to a creek a few years ago. The bridge is gone but the supports were still there.

TexWisGirl said...

awesome shots! nice you met up with a knowledgeable fellow, too!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Lovely shot and reflections of that old train trestle! It brings back so many memories of the old trestle near where I lived and played as a child.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful pictures. Isn't it neat to have all that information at our fingertips ... and even neater to be well enough to follow through on the exploration. (Been there ....)

Audrey said...

tres reussi comme reflection bravo ;o)

Valerie said...

Lovely shots and an interesting story. I am glad they have not been dismantled.

Fun60 said...

Wonderful reflections and I enjoyed the information which explained their existence.

Nancy said...

I have never heard of a school train….so interesting. Great shots of the old tracks and how fun to find the elderly gentlemen who gave you addition information….

augcott said...

Great shots!!!!
I miss going out and exploring ... need to start doing that again.
diane @ thoughts and shots

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What lovely memories and great photos.

Felicia said...

These are great finds and images Carletta. The surrounding area looks lovely too. beautiful reflections.

Red said...

That's a great story...your school bus was a train!

carolann said...

Awesome takes and shadows.

'Tsuki said...

I've never seen a bridge built half hard half wood like that before... That makes a really great reflection.

George said...

These are beautiful photos with wonderful reflections. I think it's wonderful that you met someone who actually rode the trains.

Nicki said...

Love the history that goes along with these - great finds.

Gerald (SK14) said...

sounds like a great place to explore.

Ida said...

How cool. You probably wouldn't want to cross over that now but it sure looks interesting. I think it's neat that you got to meet that older gentleman and he told you about the train tunnel. Hope you post pictures of that too.

Tom said...

Wonderful images of a wonderful find. NEAT, Tom The Backroads Traveller

kelley jensen said...

We had a train Tressel in the town where I grew up. They've torn it down now too it's a shame great pictures and it's good to have you back.