Top of the Boston & Albany—May 1985.

In the mid-1980s, my friends and I would convene at Washington Summit on Conrail’s former Boston & Albany mainline.

Located in the Berkshires, several miles timetable east of the old station at Hinsdale, the summit offered a good view in both directions and a pleasant, quiet place to wait for trains.

On this May 1985 afternoon, the chugging of an eastward freight could be heard for several miles before it came into view. I opted to frame the train with the Top of the B&A sign.

This sign was replaced in the 1990s; Conrail was divided by CSX and Norfolk Southern in 1999; the old Bullards Road over bridge (seen in the distance) was removed in 2003; and the trees have grown much taller. So there’s not much left of this scene today, although the tracks are still there.

Exposed on black & white film using a Leica 3A with Canon f1.8 50mm lens.

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2 comments on “Top of the Boston & Albany—May 1985.

  1. Mike Clements on said:

    Man, I miss the bridge at Bullards. That was a great place just to hang out and gaze off into the distance. You took a picture of me shooting a train up there one time – I was wearing a T-shirt from the movie Trainspotting.

    • Hi Mike,
      Yes, I remember that. Somewhere I still have that color slide in the file—Many many miles from where I am today.
      I hope you are well.
      Brian S.