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Monday, October 27, 2008

My World -- industry

This week I'd like to share one of the major things that keeps this town going.  There really are only about three major industries that fuel this map dot, I will highlight each in a MyWorld post. 
This first week is:
The railroad.  You can see, hear, feel and smell this major part of town.  So many people work for or are associated with the railroad here.
This is the rather spacious depot.  Behind is the roundhouse, shop and various other buildings.  My husband who is ever the bread winner and provider works three jobs --1 full-time, and 2 part time jobs, one of his part time jobs is with a transport company.  They transport the rail crews from area to area.  It might be from one end of the train to the other or it might be from the depot to a waiting train 3 hours away.   
The tracks run parallel to the main street through town, but there are other tracks that are used, but not as often.  I wanted to take this picture when there were a few more colored leaves on the trees, but on Thursday a bunch of trees all over town dropped their leaves all at once.  This bridge is called Black Bridge.
Another angle on the Black Bridge.  It spans the Yellowstone River. 
The sun was shining towards me and so the lighting is not the best, but can you see the three trains?  only one was moving......
Did you pick the train in the middle?
This train didn't get far before they stopped and a guy jumped out to set the hand brakes.  These trains haul freight only we have no passenger trains that even come through except rail crews ... as in rail up keep.
Recently we had a little pile up in the yard.  I'm not sure what happened, but several cars were damaged and they had to call in huge cranes to move the cars off the track.  This shot shows what's left of those cars.  The whole axel was ripped off.  No one was hurt.
thanks for visiting my corner of the world here in Eastern Montana, USA
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17 comments:

Darla said...

I love your pictures! You've captured it all beautifully!!!

Lawstude said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour. This 2nd week of meme really makes us appreciate the many places that we don't usually see or ever had a chance to visit like the one you showed me in this post. Hope you get to have time to check my world too. Another great job and more to come in the coming weeks.

Arija said...

That was a really neat post. I love the picture of the track with autumn leaves and the black bridga, as well as the second view of the bridge. Thanks for all the socio-geographical information as well. Look forward to the next installment.

AphotoAday said...

Interesting information on B&N -- I see their cars all the time out here in the west...
Can't help wondering what happened to the "H" in their sign...

Migs CFL fan said...

Wonderful photos, that was a great tour. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Emy5 said...

I got a little more insight into your world today. Thanks.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

We have the exact same trains coming through where I live too, they are sometimes a mile long! Great post

imac said...

Sounds and looks a great place to live.
Also love the pics of the family, nice to see all the smiling faces.
Great post.

Louise said...

A very interesting post! I think this is probably exactly what "My World" is about! I like the depot. It looks so old and comfortable.

Kmommy said...

That's really neat! Wonderful pictures!! What a cool post.

KATE said...

Wow, great pics!

Klaus said...

Excellent! A good show for MyWorld!
Cheers, Klaus

Are You Serious! said...

♥ THe last town we lived in had a huge train depot too. It's used to drive me crazy waiting for trains all the time! Great pictures!!! :)

rochelle said...

Hey Carrie, when I was a nanny in Texas, I was friends with girl who nannied for the V.P. of Burlington Northern. They seriously lived in a castle! With secret hallways and everything. I didn't know they ran up to Montana...hmm. I liked your picture of the tracks with the bridge, too. That was great!

Ryanne said...

Hey sis! great train pictures...Javin loved them. He has a new fascination with trains, and every time he sees or hears one he say, "tain!" And does the horn honk thing with his arm...you know like we used to do to get trucks to pull the air horn...it is WAY cute.
Love ya

Laura said...

You captured this so beautifully. I love the photos and the story behind them!

Jaina said...

I love the railroads...I get that from my grandpa. :)