Steamtown National Historic Site:- The Freight and Passenger Cars…

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The Steamtown Collection consists of locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, and maintenance-of-way equipment from several historic railroads. Today I’m concentrating on the freight and passenger cars’ exteriors. Most have been sealed shut so interior shots were difficult to take…

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Steamtown National Historic Site – “The Big Engines That Did!”…

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I always had a love for the railroad. I still have my first Lionel set, bought in 1951 by my dad, and I still cherish it, just as I did as a little guy growing up in Brooklyn. Our apartment was located next to the freight line that runs through Brooklyn and on many a day or night when the trains rolled by, my friends and I would count the cars (155 cars was the longest I remember). I can still vividly hear the clank-clank of the cars on the tracks below.

These trains were pulled by the mighty locomotives we found at Steamtown. Here’s a look at some of them.

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Steamtown National Historic Site – ‘Inside the Cars’…

We recently visited the Steamtown National Historic Site located in Scranton, Pa.. It was a perfect day as there were no other people there and we had unobstructed access to all the trains located here.

When I secured our admission (I have a Senior Pass for the National Parks, costs $10, everyone in your party (car) gets in for free, and has no expiration – so it’s a no-brainer), I asked if the cars were open so that we could photograph the interiors. He said all were closed and we were prohibited to go in. Hmmm! Is that a challenge Ellery? Of course it was.

While many cars were bolted shut we were able to shoot through the windows. Others, like the boxcars and caboose, were sort of accessible although I did fall through the wooden steps of a caboose and also went to my knees as the floor of a boxcar failed to hold my weight. Ah what fun it was!

Today’s posting are of some of my interior shots. Hope you enjoy.

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Passenger Cars…

 

 The Caboose…

The Boxcars…

Israel:- Some Final Images From Jerusalem…

I just wanted to share some of our remaining images from our visit to Jerusalem last week. They sort of give a different look at the Jewish Quarter and The Kotel. Each visit offers so many opportunities, both spiritual and photographically. I love coming here..  Hope you enjoy.

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Israel:- The Shuk (Market) in Petah Tiqua…

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Eileen and I were exploring the old section of Petah Tiqua (Tikvah) when we came upon the shuk. We were both pleasantly surprised (one can get some good bargains here) to find it. Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem is probably the most well-known shuk in Israel and the Shuk Carmel in Tel Aviv is also very popular.

A shuk (souq in Arabic)  was originally an open-air marketplace. Historically, shuks were held outside cities at locations where incoming caravans would stop and merchants would display their goods for sale. Shuks took place whenever a caravan or caravans had arrived. These could be infrequent, and shuks began to become year round markets to buy and sell goods, and they also held major festivals involving many cultural and social activities.

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Israel:- Hanukkah at The Kotel…

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Crowds gather at The Wall for the lighting of the Menorah…

If you have been following my blogs from Israel over the years then you know that my favorite place to visit in Israel is The Old City of Jerusalem and The Kotel in particular. This year we are lucky to be in Israel at the time of the Hanukkah Celebration.  We made the trip (about one hour drive) to see the lighting of the 6th candle of the menorah. Below are some of the images from that day.

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I think my favorite moment of the day was observing the spontaneous dancing as recorded in the video below…

Israel:- Images from the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, Jerusalem…

Eileen and I went to Menorah Lighting in the Old City of Jerusalem. Once you enter the Jaffa Gate to the Old City, there are several ways that one can approach the Kotel (Western/Wailing Wall). We chose to pass through the Armenian Quarter and into the Jewish Quarter to get there. Here are some of the images from the walk.

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The ‘Fiddler’ seen in one of the images above, is originally from the mid-west, Chicago, I believe. His wife, who can be seen sitting and holding their baby dressed  in pink, is from Boulder. They met in Israel and married, started a family, and live here full-time. Nice folks.