Urban Electric Rail Mass Transit
-- I have been on every operating heavy rail (subway) and
light rail system in the U.S. and Canada; and I present
here, organized by system, over 2800 images taken coast to
coast. Each image has its own page, and each page has
its own commentary. I try to
keep up, but fortunately that
becomes increasingly difficult as
electric urban rail, and its
planning, expands. A few photos go back to the 1960s; most
are from within the last decade or so. This is the
primary focus of this Web collection.
Tracks and switches and signals have always fascinated me.
I have a relatively limited selection of photos posted, and
some day there will likely be many more.
scenes with no hint of moving human activity, and often set
against a striking or severe backdrop, are featured in this
section. I have always loved being in a car, being on
the open road.
Relics -- Gas station relics from earlier times,
and other matters to do with branding and marketing, have
been a major source of interest for decades. Old
signs, sometimes from companies long departed, abandoned pumps, disused stations:
they never fail to
capture my interest. I have a few pages posted, and
again, more is to come.
Landscapes -- Some scenes of
sheer nature are posted, oftentimes set in the American
West; but also there are images where something manmade adds
focus, effect or contrast.
-- I'm always attracted to districts
or buildings bypassed or swallowed by time and by the
dynamics of urban change. And sometimes it is houses or blocks that endure
to convey a sense of peace
from an older era.
Store Window Detail
and objects portray what I hope is a certain feeling, an
appreciation for the unusual or
obscure, in locations all over the
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Road Maps --
been interested in maps ever since I can remember, and although I
am no longer a very active seeker of additional old highway
or street maps, I
have a fair number dating from the teens through the coming
of the Interstate system. I've scanned some covers and
other information for this section, and there will be more
in the future, hopefully, some day.
My Childhood -- Not that
many images were taken when I was very young; and I was the photographer
for none of the pictures in this section --
unlike all the other photos on this site. I
present a few memories of growing up in and near New