One of our stops on Jaylin’s 6th grade class trip to Chattanooga was the Tennessee Valley Railroad, a “moving museum” of trains. While the main purpose of our visit was to take a train ride, Laura and I enjoyed spending a few minutes looking at some of the engines that were on display.
This one, Engine No. 5288, was a 4-6-2 (which refers to its wheel arrangement) steam locomotive built in 1918, almost 100 years ago. It was built by the Montreal Locomotive Works and used by the Canadian National Railroad.
Without any people in the photo, it is difficult to get a sense of the scale of this locomotive. But those three large drive wheels are each 69" in diameter, or in other words, they are taller than I am. So this engine is pretty large.
As you may know, I am a bit of a railroad fan, and I enjoy seeing old locomotives like this, especially to see just how large they are. And fortunately, Laura enjoys it, too. So while all of the kids were taking their time getting back on the buses to go to lunch, we were running around the yard looking at all of the engines and rail cars and climbing on any of them that didn’t have “Do Not Climb” signs on them. Unfortunately, this one did have such a sign, so we didn’t climb up into the cab to take a look around.
Modern transportation is nice, but those old steam engines really were cool!
For this photo, I used a combination of different processing techniques to give a bit of an antique look. The thick clouds really added nicely to it, I thought.