Crossing the Susquehanna

Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

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Top Ten in the “Anything To Do With Trains” challenge in_Just Fun_ June 28, 2010.
Featured in Covered Bridges Plus June 15, 2010.
Featured in Welcome Pennsylvania June 13, 2010.
Featured in Miniatures and Mammoths June 8, 2010.

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Sunday, June 6th, saw a happy group of Bubbler’s descend on Harrisburg PA, USA, and the nearby area … cameras, camera bags, tripods and umbrellas in hand. One of our stops was at this amazing old bridge crossing the Susquehanna. Just as we pulled our cars over, a wonderful old freight train began the crossing … we all scrambled to get our best vantage point and began snapping!!!

I was asked by one of our fearless leaders, the beautiful Lori Deiter to post this one straight out of the camera (as I had excitedly and idiotically exclaimed at some point that I thought I had one that might be good enough for an “as is”) … well … Lori, sorry sweetie!!!! It was NOT good enough … so I had some fun tinkering. yay!!

My thanks to Lori and the whole group for a fun-filled, lovely day (in spite of the rain!!). You guys ROCK!!!!!

Lots of trainmen in my family … and some of my most vivid memories as a child are of my Daddy taking me to the train tracks in the town next to ours where there was a very sharp curve in the road and tracks. After dark, Daddy would park the car in such a way that the train looked like it was heading straight for us!!!! SCREAM? Yeah you BET I did!!!!! And I’ll freely admit (and by so doing, show my age) that these trains were the big round-faced black babies .. with the one BRIGHT WHITE EYE coming right at us!!! HAHA!! Good times, good times (once the screaming stopped, of course!!)

Some great information about the bridge given to me by our own dear ElisaB

The Rockville Bridge crosses the Susquehanna River north of Harrisburg. The first one was a wooden truss bridge completed in 1849, the second one was an iron truss bridge, and the third and present one is a stone arch bridge that is 3,820 feet long and 52 feet wide and was completed in March of 1902. This bridge originally held 4 railroad tracks. In 1980 the tracks were reduced to 3 and in the late 1990s it was reduced to 2 tracks. The bridge is now used by Norfolk Southern Railway and Amtrak. In 1975 the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic places. The bridge is usually 46 feet above the water. There are several highwater marks on the east abutment of the bridge. The top mark is when hurricane Agnes came through in June 1972 and is at the height of 32.57 feet. That is 15 feet over the flood stage. In 2002 after hurricane Ivan, the river flooded and crested at 24.4 feet. The high arches were still visible and the trains still used the bridge
Thanks ElisaB!!

Image taken with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200 lens, UV and graduated ND filters attached. Jpeg image treated to hdr in Photomatix Pro from 3 additional images created in Photoshop CS4, then Ortoned and treated to other fiddly-bits in Photoshop CS4. BIG fun!!!

Never satisfied, I added a texture to the original uploaded image:

which can still be purchased … feel free to contact me at LoisBryanPhotog@aol.com … I’ll be more than happy to make it available for you here.

my thanks to NinianLif on Flikr for the texture

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