Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Annual Train Pull At CanalFest/RailFest

Since 2001 the worlds only Train Pull Competition has been held in Cumberland, MD to benefit the Allegany County Special Olympics. The Competition is sponsored by the Allegany County Sheriff's Dept and includes participation of developmentally disabled athletes from Allegany and Garrett Counties in MD and Mineral County in WV.

This year 20 teams signed up to participate in pulling the 250-ton steam engine named Mountain Thunder. Each team has to pull the train 12 feet with the fastest time being the winning team. This year members of the Carpenters Union set a new record of just under 15 seconds.

As usual a large turn out of locals and visitors alike came to view the competition and the following photos gives you an idea of the Train (Mountain Thunder), the Train Pull and the crowd that gathers to watch. The Train Pull also kicks off the annual CanalFest/RailFest which celebrates Cumberland's link to transportation.

In 1806 construction for the National Road began in Cumberland and in 1842 the first Steam Engine, of the nations first railroad - B&O Railroad - arrived in Cumberland, and in 1850 the C&O Canal came to town. So Cumberland has a long history of transportation and the Cana/RailFest festival celebrates these historical moments in Cumberland.

Yes, once again you see photos of my world. The three that you see here were taken with a Nikon D50 and an 18-70mm lens. Hope you enjoy them. And, welcome to my world :-)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Keeping With A Historic Theme

Keeping the theme of Historic Sites here are a few photos from the C&O Canal which terminates in Cumberland, MD. This shot is of Lock & Lock House 75 about five miles south east of Cumberland. You might be able to see a person standing on the Lock itself, to give a sense of size.

This shot is a different view of the Lock House at Lock 75 to give an idea of how it may have looked back in history; as one would approach from a different direction. This photo lost some of it's saturation in the upload; I'll have to watch that in the future.

Last but not least, here is a photo of the famed PawPaw Tunnel. It is further south east of Cumberland at PawPaw, WV. It is still one of the longest canal tunnels ever built at 3118 feet, and it was built through solid rock in the mountain that ran next to the Potomac River.

The two photos of Lock 75 were taken with a Nikon D50 and an 18-70mm lens and a 28-200mm respectively. The photo of the PawPaw Tunnel was taken with a little ol' Panasonic P&S 3.2 MP; shot from the bow of the boat as we approached the tunnel. Just kidding, there was no boat, but I ain't saying how I got the shot; I didn't get wet though :-)
There are many more photos to come, and soon you will be seeing some photos of how Cumberland looks today. It is quite a city - beautiful, friendly and very photogenic. She is such a lovely lady and she isn't called the Queen City for nothing.
Yeah, this is my world. I love it and you're welcome to it.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy July 4th

The thirteen red & white strips of the flag stand for the first 13 United States of America. These United States that we now have may not be perfect, but I would not want to live anywhere else.

In my neck of the woods there is a lot of history present. And what better place to show you, in starting to reveal my world, is a place where the father of our country slept. Yep, good ol' George slept here.

This is a restored cabin that George Washington used when he was here at Fort Cumberland during the French and Indian War. It now sits down the hill from where the original Fort once stood. At one time it had been moved away and was left to deteriorate. It was then repurchased and restored, and finally placed at the confluence of Wills Creek and the Potomac River where it now sits.

This is just the beginning of seeing what it is like to live where I do. There are many more photos of my area to be shown. As I mentioned there is a great deal of history present and numerous photo opportunities to be seen; buildings, landscapes, events and people, all interesting and to be enjoyed.

Yes, this is my world and you are welcome to it.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ty Comes To Town

Ty Pennington and crew came to my town; Cumberland, MD. They were there to film an opening scene for the fall season of his TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. I just happened to be sitting in a barbers chair getting my haircut when Ty came around the corner filming this sequence and just has he looked into the window I took this photo.

When I was finished I went outside and took some more pics and this is another one that I got of Ty and his blue shirted friends.

This is my world and you are welcome to it.