The Air Line itself, as the original & fastest route between New York and Boston until superceded in the late 19th century, is itself very interesting and modelgenic. Alas! - you can't model everything, but that doesn't mean you have to ignore the attraction of other lines.
Case in point: East Wallingford, CT. Typical of much of the traffic along the Air Line (and one of the reasons it assumed secondary status after the fast passenger trains left) is this little wayside local industry:
|New Haven Local Freight (Air Line Local) at East Wallingford, looking southwest. Dick Otto collection|
And this here's a shot I took of the same location yesterday morning, looking back toward where the photographer of the photo above stood those many years ago:
|East Wallingford, July 26, 2018, looking northeast. Chris Adams photo.|
Thanks to Dick Otto for unearthing and sharing the old photo. And thanks to anybody that saw me taking this picture for not calling the cops on me.
Hope you found this little "then & now" comparison inspirational - and, if so, I hope you'll let me know in the comments. Bonus if you share some of your own "then & now" inspirations!
Happy Friday & here's hoping you can get to some modeling this weekend!