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Monochrome Madness 2-3 – Niles Canyon Railway

This weekend I posted a color image of this caboose from the Niles Canyon Railway and today I thought I’d show it in Black and White.  I kind of like this in black and white.  What do you think?  I’ve included the color image too in case you missed it in my earlier post.


Western Pacific Railroad

Western Pacific Railroad

Please check Leanne Cole’s blog out later today for the entire gallery.



Niles Canyon Railway

The same day I took the Barn picture we went to Niles, California where the Niles Canyon Railway is located.

The history of trains in Niles Canyon dates back to the building of the original transcontinental railroad. The first Western Pacific Railroad Company (formed in 1862) started construction in San Jose towards Sacramento. It built twenty miles of track that reached into Alameda Creek canyon in 1866. Its first passenger excursion entered the canyon on October 2 of that year.  You can read more about it here:  Niles Canyon Railway.

It was fun looking at this caboose and yes I went a bit wild with it.  I so rarely take any images with people in them but how could I resist this grandad with his grandson?  🙂

Addendum…since some of you have asked.  I reduced noise, tone-mapped it in Nik HDR, used Topaz Restyle on a light opacity, created a low-key image and laid it on top of the previously processed layer and exposed the brighter areas I wanted.  Then I sharpened it via Nik Output sharpener and added a vignette.  Oh, I did pop out the color on those windows too.  Hope that helps!

Western Pacific Railroad

Western Pacific Railroad