Train’s Eye View

October 1, 2011

In-between view, Hartford

I recently traveled to Philadelphia by train, and was reminded of what a unique view one gets of the world from the tracks. There are ramshackle rear porches, long-forgotten business signs from an age when the facade facing the tracks mattered, and patches of wilderness just out of sight of city and sprawl. Back when I was taking the train to Bridgeport three or more days a week for work, I had the idea to walk stretches of track and take pictures of everything I saw, but I never got around to it (probably because of the demands of a job that required two and a half hours of commuting on most days). The trip to Philly reminded me of this forgotten project, and being as I’m now self-employed and in more control of my time, I vowed to try again. Today was the first attempt, with a five-and-a-half-mile walk from the waterfront in Hartford, along railroad tracks parallel to the river, up into Windsor. I had the good fortune to run into a friend on the way downtown, who was happy to join me, so we got to catch up as we wandered. Here’s some of what we saw:

Well-graffitied structure




Protecting Today's Perishables For Tomorrow

Relaxing with a drink

Power lines crossing the Connecticut

Large red building, with tracks



You Make Yourself Happy




3 Responses to “Train’s Eye View”

  1. Alice said

    Cool! (Went to summer camp near Windsor, in Poquonock.)

  2. Your mother's ex said
    in case you’re thinking of humping.

    Great pictures!

  3. Damian said

    Whoa! If I see that jawbone again, it’s a goocher.

    It was sitting North of the Dump where the levee ends when I first saw it. Now again on this blog. A third time, and a goocher will have come to pass.

    Great pics, by the way!

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