CFFC: Vehicle Details

First, let’s define “vehicle”.  Did you know that the derivation of the word “Vehicle” comes from the Latin word for “to carry”?  So, a vehicle doesn’t have to have wheels, or be propelled by an outside force.  It just has to carry something or someone.  I spent ten years as a hospital pharmacy technician in the 1970s and 1980s, and I learned that it is common to dissolve pills in a liquid to make them easier for a patient to swallow.  If you have kids, have you ever dissolved a bad-tasting pill in cherry syrup so your sick child doesn’t reject it?  Well, the cherry syrup is a Vehicle, since it carries the medicine.

This past week, we spent a few days in the town of Leavenworth just east of the Cascade Mountains, and we saw some vehicles there.  This photo actually has one kind of vehicle towing another kind of vehicle.


Yep, the horse is a vehicle, and he is towing the carriage, another kind of vehicle.  I am always impressed by the elaborate, decorated collar the horse wears, to evenly distribute the weight of the carriage.

In front of our hotel, as a display was an unusual vehicle.  Here’s the front.


You can see the track underneath the vehicle, which is designed to travel over untracked fields of snow.

On our way down US Highway 2 near Skykomish, we were following an interesting vehicle down the road.


The truck belongs to the BNSF Railroad.  I wonder what that big grabber is meant to lift.  Logs, maybe?

On our Colorado trip in April, we stopped in Wyoming for lunch, and saw this fun-looking vehicle outside.


It’s their towable “food truck” trailer, so they can take their barbecue to remote areas, which are plentiful in Wyoming!  Every painted person seems to be enjoying their food!

Now, a cruise-ship is a very large vehicle.  I have always liked photographing elements of a ship, which can be very artistic by themselves.  For instance, the nautical term for this structure on a ship is “ladder”.


We would call it a stairway.  My dad was in the Coast Guard in WWII, and he told me all about what parts of a ship are called.


And this is the bridge of the Washington State Ferry Salish, seen from the passenger deck.  Ferries are huge vehicles, which carry large numbers of smaller vehicles (cars), which themselves sometimes carry even smaller vehicles (bicycles).  So a Washington State Ferry is a three-layer vehicle!

Even this is a vehicle, by the definition that it carries things.


The Wenatchee River carries rocks, logs, silt, and even people in boats (which are vehicles too).

Here’s the Link to Cee’s Original Post.

One thought on “CFFC: Vehicle Details

  1. Percival

    That appears to be a BNSF roto-dump truck. The truck bed can be rotated to allow dumping to either side as well as straight back. You can use the arm for loading and unloading. CSX has similar vehicles. They can have both road and rail wheels.

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