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Tundra Express

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by SteveK, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. SteveK


    Mar 16, 2005
    An abandoned narrow gauge railroad sits in the tundra near Solomon, a historic mining area near Nome, Alaska.

  2. sypher


    May 24, 2006
    Cougar Country
    That is cool...I love the colors.
  3. wow there have to be some stories there...
  4. Nicely captured. Some of those clouds almost appear to be coming from the old smokestacks.
  5. SteveK


    Mar 16, 2005
    Yea, I'm sure there are plenty of stories in that region!


    I only had one day in that area (I'd flown into Nome with some friends, and they needed to get back), but I lucked into enough foreground light to make it work.
  6. I love "patchy" light days like you show in this shot, Steve - what a cool place to see!

  7. ArtO


    Jun 14, 2008
    Nice shot. Looks like a wonderful place to explore and photograph.
  8. Hi Steve,

    It seems quite unusual to see three engines and no railcars. Were they nearby or maybe rusted away?

    Bob & Nan
  9. SteveK


    Mar 16, 2005
    Yea, I like the patchy light too, Sean. Makes for more drama than pure blue sky days.

    Yes, it was fun going around the area around Nome. We rented a car, and explored the road system.

    Bob, there were a few sets of wheels lying around. I suspect the cars (which would have been ore cars) were more easily taken apart and used for other purposes than the old engines. Most of the track was gone as well.
  10. steve
    awesome shot
    would love to see more, if you have them

    that is really something
    thanks for sharing
  11. yendikeno


    Mar 31, 2008
    I really, really like this shot! Very well done.
  12. I notice you have a "1990" watermark on it, do you know if the abandoned trains are still around?
  13. SteveK


    Mar 16, 2005
    As far as I know they are. These were used in the early part of the 1900's, and the railroad was destroyed by storms in 1913. Solomon was a small town during the gold rush times on the Seward Peninsula, but there are no inhabitants there now.
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