Frecciarossa, Italy

When traveling TrenItalia you have a few options, including Frecciarossa which is a high speed, intercity service.

DSC_3105It runs very close to schedule if not spot on time so be on the platform several minutes before your train is scheduled to depart. You’ll have some choices in seating, including the salottino for parties of 4:


The salottino was great for our little group and we even saved a few euros by booking our seats here. It was quiet and comfortable. Snack options depend on your train journey’s length. The following meal was purchased:

AJI0G5xcT+i%oMgFxxkXVwWas tasty, like airline food. Sometimes you’ll get an included little snack depending on the class of service.

DSC_3107Those espresso shots really do the trick!

NYCZuY64Se6xL6LmMNm+XAThe trains in Italy are convenient for this kind of travel. Most of your luggage will fit overhead. It’s fast and easy with fair prices.

Railroad Sunset (Hasselblad, Ektachrome)

Way back in 2002, I was taking photographs with a marvelous Hasselblad 202FA equipped with an equally impressive Zeiss lens. I got lucky late one afternoon when this scene evolved in a rail yard at sunset:


Ektachrom V100S captured the moment in stunning color, exactly as it was. There is no “photoshop” work done on this photo; it was simply scanned from the original slide. I miss that Ektachrome and the camera. Sometimes the results astounded me.

Locomotive No. 90

As mentioned in the previous post, I was checking out the steam trains in Strasburg, PA, USA. Here’s a simple iPhone photo of Locomotive No. 90.


Baldwin Locomotive Works built that beast in 1924. I’m sure there has been some repairs and rebuilds since. Still impressive. Here’s a better shot taken with a Nikon D810 of the running gear:


Some heavy steel there. As you can see, in magnificent condition thanks to the hard work of the team that keeps these machines on the rails. Check it out someday.

Steam Wheels

Was searching for movie ideas and headed out to the Strasburg Railroad where there’s live steam engines on the rails. For fun captured this video of the running gear:

It’s a tremendous amount of work keeping those engines and the rest of the equipment going. Plenty of people turn out almost every day to witness a piece of history, which is a good thing. Lots to learn in place like this. Plenty of ideas for movies, too.