Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Black & White Photography

C&O Railway & Chessie the Cat

This image was created by using a Point & Shoot Camera. The ISO is 80 and was exposed for 1/320 sec. @f/4.

This was like seeing a ghost from the past. It seemed that I hadn't seen one of these in ages, and I haven't. I had to stop and photograph this Engine which was just sitting there waiting for me to come along with my camera. I'm glad that it did. To go along with this, I've also included a bit of history of the C&O and of Chessie the cat...

Chessie was a popular cat character used as a symbol of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Derived from an etching by Viennese artist Guido Gruenwald, the image first appeared in an advertisement in the September 1933 issue of Fortune magazine with the slogan "Sleep Like a Kitten and Wake Up Fresh as a Daisy in Air-Conditioned Comfort".

In 1972 the C&O merged with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and Western Maryland Railway, the newly formed company was named the Chessie System after the popular image and adopted the "Ches-C" logo, which incorporated the silhouette of the kitten into the "C" of the railroad's name. The Chessie System later merged with other railroads to become the CSX Corporation. Though the Chessie logo is no longer found in advertising and was phased out of usage on trains, Chessie is still the mascot of the CSX Corporation, and there are many examples of rolling stock that still feature the kitten logo, having yet to be repainted.

The above information was taken from


  1. Another beautiful b&w. I really liked the historical information you provided. You know the saying, "you learn something new everyday". Well your history lesson was just that for me today.

    Keep up the Great Work!

  2. Isn't it amazing how many beautiful sites we can capture in our own back yards? My little Canon PowerShot, a.k.a. George Jr., is a constant companion. You never know when the perfect moment to document will present itself. I enjoy your pics and posts :)