The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Jack Delano's Trains #4


In the roundhouse at a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard
(Chicago, IL; December, 1942)

Guest Contributor: Abraham Hyatt

6 comments :

Stacia said...

I have absolutely loved this entire train series. The photos are amazing.

Richard Gibson said...

Agreed. Is this going to continue as a series?

Sid Smith said...

I agree with Stacia's comment 100%. Does anyone have access to the amazing series of railroad photographs taken by O.Winston Link? I saw a major exhibition of his work at The Photographer's Gallery in London back in the 80s and they were stunning. Keep up the good work.

Tom Sutpen said...

The short answer is Yes, this will indeed continue as a series long past Guest Contributor Week. Mr. Hyatt sent me about 20 of these images (always a good start for a series), all of them this quality, and I knew there was no way I could post them all in such a short span of time.

Vanwall said...

Wow! Thanks for keeping these going! That has a wonderful Nibelungen look to it.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

I'm something like 18 months late to this posting, but ... wow.