Working on the Railroad

The 765

The 765

I’ve had an interesting summer, coming upon two steam locomotives while shooting other subjects, while many of my fellow photographers were actively chasing locomotives appearing in the area.  This photo of “The 765” was captured while out with a photographer friend shooting old barns in and around Hale Farm and Village.  While shooting the barn at a local popular farm market, we heard the whistle blowing and within a minute’s time, “The 765” chugged on by directly across the street and we were able to get clear shots as it crossed a bridge.

The following weekend, on another “barnstorming” session, my friend and I traveled to Madison, OH where there is an old abandoned railroad station.

Madison Station

Madison Station

The station is close to collapse, leaning precariously to one side, and hopefully will be restored by a local society before it crumbles under it’s own weight.  It made for some interesting photos however and the warehouse behind it, also in disrepair, was a fascinating site as we wondered what treasures, real or imagined,  were locked inside.

Warehouse at the Madison Station

Warehouse at the Madison Station

About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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4 Responses to Working on the Railroad

  1. Clever work on the copyright notice on the Madison station photo. That must have taken some work! (I can almost hear the Doppler effect on the train whistle.)
    If you enjoy an up-close experience with an old steam locomotive, I hope you’re familiar with the Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum. My first husband (the railroad buff) and I used to be members and contributed several artifacts to their displays, and we always enjoyed their model railroad display. It’s nice to see that they get good reviews on TripAdvisor (


  2. Rob Hawker says:

    If you are ever near Hartville Ohio,check out the train station that is owned and turned into a gallery.The owner also bought an old passenger car and is having it restored by the Maps Museum.


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