Cabooses have always been my favorite type of train car. I stumbled on this one yesterday while visiting a historic train depot in Ashland, NH. I get the sense that it is becoming a permenent fixture as part of the depot’s museum. Here are some of the details that I could capture.
This is what you see on the other side of the fence that I showed yesterday. In the background is the modern Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. Below and in front of it is an old railroad signal tower for North Station, literally being propped up on one side. These are the kinds of juxtapositions that occur in Boston with a mixing of old and new. Below is a closer view of the signal tower.
The J.E. Henry Railway is a narrow gauge railway run by the Loon Mountain ski resort to shuttle passengers between the two lodges. It only travels a quarter-mile (about 0.5 km) but that is preferrable to walking the distance in ski boots. It has a wood fired boiler. In the off-season, they run it a couple of days a month and have a program where people can come up and learn how to operate the steam engine.
This town still reflects the architecture of its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th century as a key rail junction. It is kind of an eclectic mix of artists’ studios, a few restaurants, bars and coffee shops and a theater program. I really enjoy the architecture and the old time feel. A few times, I’ve made photographs during the day and they feel cluttered. An evening monochrome shoot was much better.