Monday, February 09, 2009

Monochrome Monday #19: Rail Switch


"Now That's a Switch."
Raleigh, NC - November 2008 (Click to embiggen)


I'm not actually sure what this mechanism is, but considering where I found it (in an abandoned rail siding) I assume it's a switching mechanism. I don't know when it was actually installed, but the patent date cast in the housing is June 21, 1904. I'd call that staying power.
Stumble Upon Toolbar

24 comments:

Torsdag said...

That was what I thougth first, part of the rails, but I don't know what it is.
Beautiful "old stil" document.

SysterLilli said...

I have no idea what it was used for, but it is beautiful. Really like the tones in the image.

Catherine said...

Or how to make a perfect B&W picture of a curious find. Now, we're wondering what kind of stuff it is. 105 years old, an antique !

Aileni said...

I don't see any grease so I suppose it out of use entirely - yet now it is famous.

Robin said...

Look at all that great rust! Really terrific shot, GREAT depth of field. Really brings out the texture.

judi said...

impressive! I really like the shadows and hilights.

starnitesky said...

Makes an excellent subject the texture makes it really stand out .

Carver said...

I like that shot a lot. There is something very appealing about it, functional (at least at some point) but also an interesting photographic object.

Babooshka said...

It does make you wander about the durability objects built now. Interesting to see the almost macro world in monochrome here.

Julie said...

Very good in black and white and I bet nice in color also.

SandyCarlson said...

Yup. Staying power. Exactly what we need in our train equipment!

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

Very interesting with the holes in the shaft.

michael bird said...

Sharp!

magiceye said...

good catch! well captured!

NicoleB said...

I love abstract things like this. Great lighting and detail!

Nicole
http://nicoleb.org/b2/index.php?blog=7

Shadow said...

wow. that's old. our first house was also built that year... i loved it!

vincibene said...

Impressive picture, however it is.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the clean. clear lines in this photo, Mojo.

Joe Narvaez said...

Good capture! Very nice mono. I love the lighting and the subject.

Dina ... UK said...

What ever it is, it makes a good mono...

Daryl said...

Verrry interesting (in the voice of Arte Johnson)

Dragonstar said...

Excellent! Totally clear, and the shapes are great.

lisaschaos said...

I like it, anything railroad is good in my books. :)

Ishtar said...

I loved this picture. I would have loved it even without explanation, because it leaves room for your imagination.