A Kitten And a Green Deuce

by Jim on 2011/02/15

Again, as my old schoolmate from bayouland Will says, “Dell sucks.”  My laptop works, and I’ve reloaded Photoshop, but the drivers to the wireless internet don’t work.  So, here I go again posting on a different computer.

An Odd Couple

As we continue our random look at random scenes of life through the eyes of Jimbaux, I bring you two very different scenes taken nearly five years and more than a thousand miles apart.

That was a little kitten in the barn at the Aucoin Farms near Henniker, New Hampshire, where I had the great pleasure to visit this past summer.  If you ever go there, make sure you tell ’em that Jimbaux sent you!

I Miss The Green Deuces

I know I’m not the only one, too.  Here we see a westbound BNSF manifest train blasting past the depot at Schriever at dusk in late November 2005.  This image shows a phenomenon that we don’t see on the modern wide-nosed locomotives: the glare off of the flat vertical surfaces of the front of the locomotive.  About three minutes later, and this shot would not have been possible.

I truly miss those angular-cabbed, green things.  There are a few still running around, but not like they were when this picture was taken, and even then, they were past their prime.

For those who don’t know, Schriever is at milepost 55 on BNSF’s ex-SP Lafayette Subdivision connecting New Orleans to Houston.  Milepost 0 is in Algiers, the part of New Orleans on the western bank of the Mississippi River.  So, Schriever is about 55 miles southwest of New Orleans.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed these random views through my eyes as I slowly pick away through my archive of photos, most of which has remained hidden from the public eye for years.  As always, feedback is welcome (even the negative kind) in the comment section or in private messages.

All for now . . .



1 Vivian Medina February 15, 2011 at 14:23

That kitty is so cute :)..

2 judyb February 15, 2011 at 20:56

I just love your photography. thank you.

3 Howard Bingham February 15, 2011 at 22:00

The only thing more innocent than a kitten in a barn, would be a photo of a child watching a parade from a curb, who had just dropped an ice cream cone.

4 Andrew Koetz February 17, 2011 at 01:48

I am also a fan of the SD40-2s, as they used to run the high iron like flies, and they were everywhere, before the SD60s came on the scene. That is old, I remember shooting SD40-2s constantly in the 1980s and the early 90s, before the BNSF merger, and before the BN got their “techno-toasters” from GE.

5 Dolores Frisella February 17, 2011 at 22:19

loveeee the kitten picture.

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