Vermont Rail System – 1st Day in Burlington

There is so much to blog about, but I suppose I should start at the beginning.  With two cancelled flights, a take off (FINALLY) the next day to Vermont, and pouring rain, I was actually super excited to get over to the Vermont Rail System to take pictures of some of my favorite things…Trains!

A few months ago I contacted some guys at the Rail station (Hi Ed!) about possibly coming in to take some photographs.  I was allowed, but only with certain rules – 1) I had to have a safety briefing 2) I couldn’t go across any tracks (hey, it was a working train yard) and 3) just be careful in general.

So I trudged out in the rain and for the first time in my life, took pictures when it was pouring.  There is something to be said about rain dripping in your face as you try to look through the camera – kind of feels like you are working for something.  It’s not comfortable, it’s wet, but the sense of accomplishment is even greater when you see the finished product.

I hope you love them as much as I do!



Yes, a toilet, I know…odd.  But when it started raining pretty heavy (see the picture below) I stopped in this manly, greasy shed…where this pristine throne sat…just couldn’t help myself!!

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  • Christopher Parker - Very nice, I really enjoyed these, Meg.

    I am familiar with this territory and have seen many many pictures of it covering the generations. Taken some of my own. I almost didn’t look this time (because I thought I already knew what I’d see). But you brought a unique eye to this subject and I’m glad I did. What you came up with is totally unlike the hundreds of photos that have come before.

    I’m always amazed how photos taken from the very same location can look so different! I respect very much when someone can stand where I stood but make something so much better!

    And kudos to the Vermont Railway for letting you on the property. They have pride in their operation and getting involved with you shows it. Every business has to watch the bottom line to survive and prosper, but the value of art and human connection is priceless — and you can’t buy it (not that artists shouldn’t be paid . . . but if that was all it was about it wouldn’t work). I’m sure they had to go out of their way to make sure you were safe and looked after, but these results show it was worth it.ReplyCancel

    • mmporter - Thanks for your kind words Christopher – I just adore trains, growing up my father had several sets around the house and we always lived by tracks. Isn’t it funny how different people see different things?

      Anyway, I just love these pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Robert Carmichael - I too am quite familiar with the site, having been there at the inception of Vermont Railway in 1964, and many visits since then. You truly gave a unique perspective to a subject that many consider boring and lacking “exciting” visuals. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

    • mmporter - Thanks Robert! I started to bug the guys in the shop, but then figured I should probably let them be, to do their jobs – but I almost ALMOST came so close to doing it!! I would have loved to have gotten some tool shots!ReplyCancel

  • Ed Fitzgerald - WOW! These are great! Ditto on what Christopher and Robert wrote.ReplyCancel

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