Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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…and Dr. T stood in the middle of those tracks for a week, waiting to take a picture of an actual train. Finally he gave up and took a picture of the track. 🙂
I once lived a few blocks from the Milwaukee Roads, Hiawatha Ave. switching yard in Minneapolis. A couple of times a year, I’d grab a camera and wander over looking for interesting shots, be it a unique rail car, circus train, RR workers or a transient jungle.
The rattiest rolling stock was always bore the branding of the defunct east coast railroads that had been reorganized as Conrail. At that time, Burlington Northern, now BNSF, was a customer of mine and more than one company rep told me that they went out of their way to avoid sending newish rolling stock to the east coast as what would come back would be an old, broken down rail car, despite an inter-railroad agreement to repatriate cars to the originating RR.