An old ticket window like this makes me wonder about all the people that passed through this train station. What were their stories? Where were they headed?
The Illinois Railway Museum has a fine collection of restored rolling stock. But I found their fleet of rusty and corroded steam locomotives to be much more fascinating.
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This E9 diesel locomotive was manufactured in 1961, and originally served on the Milwaukee Road’s long-distance Hiawatha passenger service, traveling at speeds up to 95mph.
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At first glance, this barn seems completely abandoned.
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Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, one of the many historic lighthouses still standing in Door County.
It’s now a museum run by the local historical society.
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Don’t you wonder… Who sat behind the wheel of this tractor?
Where was their farm? When was the last time someone used this tractor to work a field?
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While biking the Capital City State Trail the other day, I saw something along side that I hadn’t noticed before, a small junk yard, mostly filled with old tractors.
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On this Father’s Day, after Dad and I went out for brunch, we went back to his apartment where he showed me some of the genealogy he’s been working on, including these wonderful pictures. I grabbed copies of them with my phone’s camera. First is the college graduation photo of my father, Wilmer Bloy (class of 1953). He was 25.
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State Street with some selective desaturation.
One of my favorite things on State Street.
I love the patina, the faded colors, and the industrial look of the frame and supports. I’d put it on top of my house if I could.
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