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Two Track Mind - Casa Deserto and the Southwest Chief
27-JAN-2008

Two Track Mind - Casa Deserto and the Southwest Chief

Casa Desierto, the once-elegant and now semi-restored comfort station in Barstow, California, is reflected in the window of the dinning car of Amtrak's "Southwest Chief." Long ago, Casa Desierto was part of the chain of Harvey Houses that followed the rail lines across the United States. Instead of a hotel and dining rooms, the building houses the Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum, and the splendid Western America Railroad Museum.

The train makes a run from Chicago, Illinois, to Barstow, California and back again. Ordinarily arriving in Barstow from its eastern origin in the Windy City at 3 a.m. each day, the late appearance this day of the Chief - at a little after 10 a.m. - afforded me the rare opportunity to make a daylight photograph containing dual, if not dueling, subjects which would otherwise both be cloaked in darkness.

Nikon D80 ,Tokina 12-24mm
1/80s f/10.0 at 12.0mm iso400 full exif

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martyn george (Hedonic3000)19-Oct-2009 22:40
This is a great, i like the detail in the reflection.
Enny31-Jan-2008 09:56
great shot.
Phil Douglis30-Jan-2008 00:43
This brings back memories of our evening at the Barstow station -- to blend the old and the new by using the windows of the train is a photographer's dream. What is it about an old railroad station that lends itself to mind-bending reflections in the windows of a passing train? Is it one nostalgic subject reflecting another? Or is it
a form of time travel? Or both?
Dan Ng29-Jan-2008 03:32
Wonderful wide perspective of this reflection, Dave. V.
Carol E Sandgren28-Jan-2008 23:40
Wow! I love this shot! Barstow is definitely a stop on this train journey. Looks like you escaped the wet weather there!
beaucroft28-Jan-2008 21:51
love it
Jim Larkin28-Jan-2008 21:07
Fantastic shot. Great color and the exposure is right on. Nice work.
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