Although “Diamonds” are a girls’ best friend, I’m not going to talk about that kind of diamond today. Instead I’m putting on my railfan hat and will talk briefly on railroad “Diamonds”. These diamonds are properly known as crossings, where one track crosses another at the same grade. Crossings are generally 90o but can be constructed at varying safe angles to accomplish the needed result. It gets its nickname from the shape of the space in the center of the crossing.
One of these crossings can be found in Plant City. The Union Station Depot was built in 1908-1909 by both the Atlantic Coast Line (east-west line) and the Seaboard Airline Railroads (north-south line).1 Across from the Robert W Willaford Railroad Museum at the old Plant City Union Station Depot is a train watching platform and tower built in 2013. The tower is a super vantage point to watch railroad activity with rail traffic northbound toward Wildwood, Jacksonville and Atlanta; westbound to Tampa and Bradenton; and eastbound to Lakeland, Miami and Orlando.1 Some information was obtained from the Plant City Government website.
While in Little Rock, our campsite backed up on the Arkansas River. This gave us a view across the river toward the community of Maumelle. One morning I was sitting at the dinette table and happened to look out across the river and I saw this beautiful view of “Dawn’s Light”.
We spent “Christmastime” 2015 with family in Virginia Beach and Stafford (in northern Virginia). While in Stafford, the entire family was there for Christmas Eve and dinner on Christmas day. With three young’uns celebrating Santa’s visit, Christmas morn was a wild time.
Stafford, VA is about an hours’ drive from Washington, DC. Blessed with warm and dry weather, we drove to Washington the day after Christmas and took a quick car window tour. We visited the United States Navy Memorial and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. I couldn’t resist this picture of two “Old Salts” (my brother-in-law and me) with the Lone Sailor and also this one of the Navy Christmas Tree.
After taking part in a 52 week photo challenge for the past three years, I have found it increasingly more difficult to dedicate the time to meet the challenges. As a result I have decided to head off in a more relaxed, new and different direction. I hope that although this new site is a different theme, my followers will continue to follow as I will certainly be following the 52 Week Photo Challenge.
I’ve been married to Barb, my wonderful “bride”, companion, navigator and greatest fan for 48 years. Now that we are both retired, we have the freedom to travel the country with our 36 foot travel trailer behind us. We are finally “Livin’ The Dream” we have been chasing since we bought our first camper back in 1970.