Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #215: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and ?

Ooh, this is going to be fun!  I have been a transportation buff since the mid-1980s, when I spent a year as an apprentice to a transportation consultant.  Whenever I see a train, I try to watch it until it is out of sight.  Living in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by bodies of water, we have a lot of boats around, from little one-person sailboats, to very large car ferries.  We only have to drive about 20 minutes to the Edmonds ferry dock to see one of the Washington State Ferries which are an extension of the state highway system.

But, if you think these ferries are large, you should see a BC Ferry!  They ply the waterways between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland.

BC Ferry, making its way through the Gulf Islands

The above photo was taken from the deck of a ferry going in the opposite direction.  From western Washington, you can get to BC via a Washington State Ferry, a BC Ferry from Vancouver, the Black Ball Ferry Coho, or via a seaplane.

Just last week, we had dinner near the Everett Marina, where many beautiful boats are moored.

Boats,sunset,Everett Marina

The fine old locomotive below is found in Newhalem, the town at the west entrance to North Cascades National Park.  It originally served the Seattle City Light town, which manages the dams on the Skagit River.  The kids love to climb on it and ring its bell.

Locomotive, Newhalem


If you look carefully at the top of the sign for the liquor store in Fair Play, Colorado, you will find a motorcycle.  Notice the riders.  I don’t expect you will encounter them on your travels, but if you do, it may mean that you are in an “altered state”.  Also notice the trailer on the ground-food truck!  Mobile Yum.

I hope we get to go back to Victoria someday, to watch the seaplanes land near our hotel.

When we were in Leavenworth this past June, this unusual vehicle was part of the display in front of our hotel.  This is a very old model, but similar larger ones are still very common in the Cascade Mountains.


Finally, when I was in Vienna in 1996, I spotted this very large trailer parked in the street.  That was before widespread satellite TV.  I would have loved to see what was inside.  Very new technology, outside an old building.  Old and new often mingle in Europe.

Old and new-TV Truck, Vienna

Here’s the Link to John’s Original Post.  And Tina’s, too!

5 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #215: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and ?

  1. Some terrific examples RB, your sunset over the marina is beautiful. I actually took that BC ferry during our visit there a few years back. You’re right, it’s monstrously large!

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