The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

This week’s challenge from Cee is Anything to do With Trains and Railroads. While I had a few images in my archives I decided to do some trainspotting to come up with a few more.

In nearby Martinez, California there’s a display of a steam locomotive and a short string of cars

. Locomotive front

Locomotive bolts-2

Locomotive boiler – detail


Above and below, age and the elements take their toll on the old train. 

Coiled Spring plate

I found a row of freight cars parked nearby on the shore of San Pablo Bay.  The strip of cars made for a good photo shoot. Railcars in a row

Gold grass and train

Boxcars sunset

Railcar graffiti has always held an odd fascination with me. The boxcars near the shoreline presented their own odd little art show.  I’d call it abstract art because while the artists knew what they were trying to present most seem just meaningless to me. Train Grafitti


There is religion – I guess.  God's Tea

And politics.  BLM MAGA

Food  Burger and fries

And then there was plenty of sentiment. Rest in Peace

heart u dad

I had so much fun discovering the different graffiti that I’ve decided to seek out more railcar graffiti for future photo opportunities.  The little bit of research I’ve done on railcar art tells a story of a long history that goes back to transients riding the rails during the Great Depression and going even further back.

I would be remiss if I left out one of the most famous railroads in the world.  Sadly in these COVID days it’s dormant but hopefully will come back into safe operation soon.  Cable Car blur

To view Cee’s page and the contributions of other train photographers follow this link.

7 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything to do with Trains and Railroads

  1. Hettie D. says:

    love it 🙂

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Hettie.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh what fantastic train photos. Your gallery is deep and rich. Thanks for playing 😀

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much Cee.

  3. Wonderful images!!!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Luisa.

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