Monday, June 15, 2009

Day 166: Steel Rails


Day 166: Steel Rails, originally uploaded by susanvg.

The railway stations in many small towns have closed. Here in Casselman, if you book ahead, the train will stop, no longer at the station but at a small hut. Otherwise it barrels through blasting its horn at every level crossing. The station is being transformed into a tourist centre.

The railway is what stitched Canada together, crossing from Atlantic to Pacific. In the past it was the main mode of traffic, linking remote centres to the larger centres. Cars, trucks and planes have become dominant. I still love train travel - it's fairly comfortable, much less of a hassle than plane travel and I can sit back and let someone else do the driving.

2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful shot! I have always wanted to travel by train (suitcases, sleeping cars, the whole thing), but it seems time is always short and won't allow for the adventure. Someday...

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  2. Rails were definitely a transformative time in our history - I'm still amazed at how communities revolved around them and, at least in the western US, how many people were brought in from other countries for the building of the rail network. I've had many opportunities in the past to travel by train and do miss it now!

    And you have captured the beauty of both perspective and infinity with the rails, sunset, and reflection. Lovely!

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