Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Brief Impressions

August 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Current and abandoned equipment of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Two weeks ago my family and I spend a long weekend in Dillsboro, North Carolina. Besides relaxing and enjoying some great family time, we made a couple of short day trips to Cherokee, Sylva, and Bryson City the home town of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR). Since it only was a short break we didn't have the opportunity to actually take a ride on one of the GSMR trains. This however is something we definitely want to do in the future.

I took a couple of pictures of some of the trains, which I later converted into black and white in Lightroom.

black and white image of locomotive 711 of the Great Smoky Mountains RailroadGSMR 711GSMR 711 ready to depart Bryson City

close up black and white image of a wheel bearing of a locomotiveHyatt Wheel BearingWheel bearings of GSMR 711

black and white image of locomotive 1751 of the Great Smoky Mountains RailroadGSMR 1751GSMR 1751 supporting GSMR 711

black and white image of railroad crossing lightsRailroad CrossingRailroad crossing lights in Bryson City

black and white image of passenger train car 523 of the Great Smoky Mountain RailroadGSMR 523Car 523 being pulled into Bryson City station As an additional treat I stumbled upon some old, abandoned railroad cars near our hotel. It is always a bit sad to see these nice cars breaking down. The faded and rusted colors however provided some great picture opportunities.

detail color image of a rust patch on an abandoned tender from the Great Smoky Mountain RailroadGSMR Rust 1A rusty patch on an abandoned coal tender

detail color image of a rust patch on an abandoned tender from the Great Smoky Mountain RailroadGSMR Rust 2A rusty patch on an abandoned coal tender

color image of a detail of an abandoned railroad carTrain Car DetailNice detail of an abandoned railroad car

detail color image of abandoned Great Smoky Mountain Railroad passenger car 513, showing the number 513GSMR 513 #3Number 513 on an abandoned railroad car shows clearly that the blue paint was a later addition

detail color image of abandoned Great Smoky Mountain Railroad passenger car 513GSMR 513 #4Fading paint and cracked wood on an abandoned railroad car

color image of the derelict interior of abandoned Great Smoky Mountain Railroad car 556GSMR 556 Interior 1Old benches in an abandoned railroad car

detail color image of a hydraulic system that is part of a tansportation railroad carTrain Car Hydraulics 3Details of a hydraulic system on a railroad car


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