After photographing the Rhätische Bahn's vintage steam train last year as it
crossed the Rheinbrücke at Reichenau, this year I had the pleasure of riding it.
On a splendid autumn Sunday in early October, along with F-C friends Beatrice and Ruadi, I rode (and photo-
graphed!) the steam train pulled by the lovingly maintained No.107 "Albula" steam locomotive, captured here.
I do not normally include links to music, preferring to let the viewer conjure up his or her "soundtrack" to an image.
I happily make an exception here, with composer and steam train lover Eduard Strauss' wonderful Bahn Frei Polka,
in my forever-favorite recording by Willi Boskovsky and the Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna.
Alle einsteigen, und ich wünsche eine angenehme (musikalische) Reise!
This image is available in archival gallery prints and as a custom printed Photo Note Card.
Photo+Design ©2011 Steve Ember
Susana Miguel 08/02/2012 16:51The steam is the "Pünktchen on the i", offering both mystery and glamour to those old engines....
I like the crop, a pars pro toto, with the shiny black metal and the tracktion of the wheels clearly visible.
s. sabine krause 03/11/2011 15:33this one's great! so very dynamic!! the moment i look at it, i hear sounds: a hollow whistle, a labored puffing and huffing as the iron horse is slowly coming to a stop. i think there's movies with scenes like that. googled for a while – thought "butch cassidy and the sundance kid" would have it, but no, couldn't find it. anyway, the steam is great and so is the elegant, steely blue of the cumbersome metal, reflecting the light – a machine like a myth, or a myth of a machine, whichever way you like it… ; )) greetings, sabine.