Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Got New Wheels

Yes, the Camera Totin' Idiot has a new CTI-mobile. Yes, it's yellow, so make all the jokes you want. It's newer than my old Sport-trac, way fewer miles, and Goody Two Shoes liked the color.

It's already been called a school bus, a bumble bee, a banana boat, the Yellow Submarine, and the Steeler Mobile. Got any more good ones? Drop me a comment.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Little Buddy & 734

Goody Two Shoes and me took our grandson to Helmstetters Curve to see 734 today.

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20, 1969

I sat on my living room floor and watched this on television. I remember it like it was yesterday. I can still hear Walter Cronkite's voice, too.

"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

photos courtesy of NASA

Friday, July 17, 2009

One of the Flock Comes Home to Roost

It would seem that the Western Maryland Railway is far from gone, even though they were merged into the Chessie System nearly thirty years ago. Miles of former-WMRY track is still in use, a number of WMRY train stations still stand and are in use, and quite a bit of rolling stock is still around. Also still hanging around are more than just a few diesel locomotives from the once proud fleet. Just last year, FA-2 #302 came home and is awaiting rebuild and painting in Beilington, WV. GP-9 #25was returned to service on the George's Creek Railway in a fresh coat of jet black paint with yellow speed lettering. And now, sister engine #39 is home in Western Maryland.

Here's 39 while still in service. At Elkins, WV in 1972

In tourist service at Gettysburg, PA in 1991.

Back on home rails, July 11, 2009

photos by the Camera Totin' Idiot, unless otherwise noted.

Old and dear memories die hard, as do legends.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

40 Years Ago Today

Apollo 11 blasted into space 40 years ago today. It's destination...the moon. And for a kid who grew up a space cadet and flew model rockets, this was a big, BIG deal.

Photos, courtesy of NASA

Astronaut Gene Cernan said that in order to ride a Saturn V you had to fall in love with it first. I loved the thing, I still love it, and I want to ride it! Forget space shuttles and starships, I want to ride a Saturn V. Anything else pales in comparison.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Old Faithful

Growing up in Corriganville, not far from the Western Maryland tracks, it was natural that I spent a lot of time watching trains. My friends and I mostly hung around Brush Tunnel and watched the trains go by. Other times, when we were feeling adventerous, we'd head down the tracks and end up at Helmstetter's Curve and the farm that sat in the middle of the curve and atch the trains. Years later, after I picked up a camera I captured the farm on film quite a few times. Here are a few snaps.

These next two photos were taken three weeks ago while I was riding the train. Starting into the curve, I remember thinking, 'I gotta get the farm on film as I go by.' Glad now I did.

Even my mentor, Bill Price, captured the Helmstetter barn on film in the 1950's.

Photo by William P. Price.

Last week the unthinkable happened. The barn burned down. No human life was lost, but several head of cattle and the family dog perished in the fire.

Photo from the Cumberland Times-News.

It's very sad, as a landmark I've know since I was a boy is now gone. Still, life goes on, and who knows, maybe they'll rebuild.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What's the Big Deal?

Since I started this blog I've posted dozens of photos of my favorite subject; steam locomotive 734. Many of you have no doubt wondered what the big deal is. Watch the movie and find out.

There's just something about a steam engine.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Day in Gettysburg

General Longstreet.

J.E.B. Stuart.

A Confederate reinactor. A great fellow to talk to. Great whiskers, too.

A farm along the Taneytown Road.

"...That these dead shall not have died in vain..."

The grandest monument on the battlfield. From Pennsylvania to her sons who fought to perserve the Union.

The Christ Lutheran Church where a Union chaplain was shot and killed on July 1, 1863

The memorial in front of the Lutheran Church.

A little video I shot. It's supposed to give you a little feel of what it was like approaching and climbing over the wall on July 3, 1863. Of course, no one was shooting at me. Thank goodness!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth Everyone

Goody Two Shoes 'n me started our Fourth of July out yesterday by going to a free concert on the downtown mall. The main attraction was a local band, Queen City Funk & Soul. And they are very good. They sang songs by Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, the Blues Brothers, the Bar-Kays, Steely Dan, Tower of Power, and Aretha. Here are some snaps from the evening.

A small portion of the crowd that came out last night.

Goody Two Shoes (in the back) and my little sister, a.k.a 'the Runt' in the foreground.

Today was kind of a ho-hum day. Caught the scenic railroad up above Mt. Savage. I was surprised to find they were actually running. Usually they don't run on holidays.

Photographed a dragon fly.

Went to the car show at the fairgrounds. Didn't stay all that long.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009