Here’s an old river, going back to the glacier days. The Genesee river runs between Pennsylvania and New York state. A total of approximately 160 miles according to records. It was also a homestead through various areas to the indians. Both the Seneca and Iroquois nations during the 1800’s.
Then in later 1800’s and still today, it was harnessed for hydro power to flour,clothing, and tool fabricating mills.
Picture 1 is the river running north, and picture 2 is the river running south.
If you look at picture 3, now almost 200 years ago, a man by the name of Joseph Cox ran a ferry between 1820 and 1830. This was ended when a wooden bridge was erected. Then in later years, which I remember, “iron trestles”, bridges were constructed for both car and railroad crossings. I remember these when I was young. The trestles were all iron, very big.
From the engineer and his trainee, to the Pullman sleeping car (old one) to the Pullman sleeper remolded into a library, the boxcar, caboose, the depot and a railroad bridge. Railroads are and have played an important part of our lives.
Here’s a picture of one of my early photo projects years back, people. This is real Rochester history. Today it’s as you see it. This became a home to “homeless” through the years. I think now it has somewhat stopped due to the authorities. But people of sorts still go there.
They were started in the 1800’s. The little red car at the end of the train.
They were originally constructed in a makeshift, cheap way. A small cabin like structure was built on a railroad flat bed car.
Then as railroads progressed, expanded, the Caboose was modified and improved. The Caboose after modification became a custom shelter so to speak for the “conductor” and “brakeman” of the train.
It had a kitchen, sitting area, and bunks. And then with further modifications, it had an upper window built in, so the crew could see forward. I call it a “crowsnest” of a train. This was constructed due to boxcars being much higher and blocking the front of the train to the conductor, brakeman, lookout man.
By the time the 1920’s rolled around, there were 34,000 Cabooses in use on American railroads in the United States. But then like all things, things change with “time” and technology.
A small device which cost only a few thousand dollars could be attached to the last car on the train which could give the engineer all the information he needed to operate the train safely. Hence, the “Caboose” faded.
While on a run yesterday I remembered this bridge. I have been meaning to shoot a picture of it but the timing wasn’t right. But yesterday it was. This is on Route 39 in Avon, New York. It has held its age quite well. I enjoy seeing old bridges, especially the old iron ones.
This past week I was on a run in Geneseo, New York. They have an old plane mini museum so to speak. They have plane rides with weekend aviationists, mini tours,etc.. While there I noticed this relic. It’s not the greatest picture due to the distance I shot it at, not the greatest lighting either. But I wanted to share it.