A Fine Locomotive, 1928.

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I’ve admired this image for quite some time, finding it in the Library of Congress’ collection of the Historical Section of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) color photographs.
It is anonymous, unfortunately, but since there were really only 23 or so staff photographers for this gigantic undertaking (including Esther Bubley, Marjory Collins, Mary Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, Russell Lee, Jack Delano, Gordon Parks, Charlotte Brooks, John Vachon, Carl Mydans, Dorothea Lange, and Ben Shahn, ten of which are truly monumental names in the history of 20th century American photography.)
I think that we could guess that it was done by the hands of a master.
It seems as though less than 2% of the 163,000 or so photographs made by this section during its eight-year run (1937-1945) were made in color, and I’m glad that this was one of them.
Read more via JF Ptak Science Books: A Fine Locomotive Schematic, 1928

Riding the Rails at the Hollycoombe Steam Fair.

A steam train takes fairground visitors on a train ride at Hollycoombe steam fair in Liphook, England.
Hollycoombe has opened its doors to the public again this year over the Easter weekend.
It first opened in 1971 and includes a variety of Edwardian fairground rides all powered by steam.
Image Credit: Photograph by #Chris J Ratcliffe / Getty.
Source: Photos of the Week: 4/15–4/21 – The Atlantic

Reflections in a Train Carriage.

Image Credit: Photograph by Eric Etchart, the Winner.
This man was sitting near me on the Eurostar to Paris and spent the whole journey looking out of the window.
It was a sunny day and I managed to capture some great reflections.
PAUL GOLDSTEIN, JUDGE commented: This could have been taken at any time in the last 50 years – there is something almost timeless about this intricate study.
The train carriage is a little sleazy and the window full of condensation adding to the griminess of the reflection. but this is not the photographer’s fault. Winner by a nose.
Source: Readers’ travel photography competition: September – the winners | Travel | The Guardian

Abandoned Mail Rail Tunnel.

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Abandoned subway stations, such as the ‘ghost stations’ of the Paris Metro, have long been sought out by urban explorers.
The narrow-gauge Post Office Railway (aka Mail Rail), inspired by a similar freight network built by the Chicago Tunnel Company, opened in 1927 and operated between the Paddington Sorting Office and Whitechapel Eastern Delivery Office.
mail-rail-london-post-office-railway-6The railway, which served eight stations along 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of track, was closed for financial reasons in 2003 after 75 years of operation.
But as the images show, the deserted network remains in good condition today.
Source: Urban Ghosts Exploring the Deserted Tunnels of London’s Post Office Railway | Urban Ghosts