14 September, 2011 animate/inanimate
Our wonderful and talented and generous friend Ariel took this beautiful photograph of the four of us together Sunday after the river:
Animate, for certain.
My friend Clark is a Renaissance Man and his interests are many and varied. He often guides me to the CSX tracks near Brown’s Island in Richmond to see if there are trains around. More often than not there are engines, sometimes several. Today a train parked there but we could only see the back. Have you ever spent much time around trains? I mean, really up close and personal? They’re inanimate but they certainly don’t seem like it. Even a hulking 100 ton coal car looks like a living thing. Maybe it’s the latent energy contained inside, although they have that animated look even when they’re empty. Look at some of what Clark and I saw today and judge for yourself.
This is the train from the rear, for perspective:
This is the final car; this one’s been on the rails awhile:
Despite the somewhat worn appearance, this is not just any car – it’s “a CSX Quality Car”:
Look at the springs that monster rides on:
Identifying info on the corner of the car:
Like the first blossoms of spring or a newborn kitten, coal cars are delicate and sensitive:
Headed east to deliver its load: