Main Street, Richmond, Virginia—October 2, 2005.

I was on a personal tour of Richmond hosted by my friend Doug Riddell. This was aimed at making photographs, while exploring some history of the area and the nuts and bolts of real railroading.

We paused at Richmond’s Main Street Station to make this photograph of an Amtrak train bound for Newport News. Hoppers roll by on an adjacent bridge.

I was intrigued by the technological contrast between the Genesis diesel-electric and the old Budd-built baggage car behind it. Now, ten years later, Amtrak is replacing its old baggage cars with new cars.

 Exposed on Fujichrome with a Nikon F3 with Nikkor f2.8 24mm lens.

Exposed on Fujichrome with a Nikon F3 with Nikkor f2.8 24mm lens.

The old baggage were among Amtrak’s last heritage equipment inherited from the private railroads when it assumed passenger operations more than four decades ago.

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