This is Dixiana, the only narrow gauge locomotive currently running on a line in the United States. Seen here, she’s blowing a bit of steam before being “watered” for another trip into the Santa Cruz hills. She’s home at a small timber “town” of Roaring Camp. During the 1880’s she ran up and down the steepest grades a steam train has ever run. The one I was riding on was one of them and it’s not a very comforting thing when you hear a nasty screeching sound while climbing. Seems dear little Dixiana here was slipping on her rails, not exactly backward but not forward either. :-O One of the engineers got out and scattered sand on the tracks before we could proceed uphill. Who knows? Maybe that was part of the preplanned “charm” of the ride. I was more alarmed than charmed, thank you very much.

The forest here holds some of the tallest trees in California, Giant Redwoods; aging over 1000 years they are the oldest living things on earth (that we know of). The forest was thick but thankfully clear of smoke. That’s a major point but more on other Roaring Camp pages. :-)


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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Great capture Lenny. I love the POV and colors in this.

  • Thank you! The colours were (Old) glorious. :-D I was lying on the tracks directly in front of the engine so I wouldn’t usually recommend this POV. But I doubt the fastest this old bugger could have gotten to me would have been 60 seconds, or enough time to say so many prayers God would have intervened just to shut me up.

    I had to fight with the light on all the shots of the series. It was either blinding sunlight or deep in forest shadows. But I took so many of the locomotive and its parts I was happy to have gotten a few I liked a lot. Happy to hear you liked this one too. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...over 4 years ago

    FABULOUS capture hon! xoxox

  • Thanks, babe! I had a lot of fun with getting this one bully-down on the tracks. LOL!

    I deleted the original reply but decided against pulling out the typo. I sorta like it with my bully down on the tracks. LMAO!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Great shot Lenny

  • Thank you, Trudi! And your new avatar picture is just stunning!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • tego53
    tego53over 4 years ago

    Trains are fascinating and especially the old ones. This is a great image!

  • Thank you! I just got a tip on the location of one I’ve never seen that’s out in the open in my area. Unfortunately, I’ll have a long walk to get to it cuz the site is currently blocked off from the usual side. As soon as I get there, I’ll be sure and get all the shots I can. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    Great story, Lenny. I really enjoyed reading your account of the trip.

  • Thank you very much. :-D If you like railway art, there will be some more in a few moments. Woo CHOO hoo. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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