Thursday Doors – From the Train

Sad - Once proud building
Sad – Once proud building

Earlier in September, I attended a business meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. Initially, I wasn’t sure how to get to Silver Spring from Hartford, CT; I didn’t realize that the DC Metro system goes to Silver Spring. In addition to the funny story that little journey brought us, that fact also meant that I could take AMTRAK from my home town to Union Station in Washington, DC. From there, it’s about a 20-minute train ride to Silver Spring.

On the way home, riding AMTRAK’s Vermonter, I snagged a window seat on the right side of the train (facing the water in several places). I hoped to get some good photos, but there were issues – more about that on Saturday – however, I did manage to snag a few doors. The photos have been cropped and cleaned-up in Lightroom, as best I know how. Despite a few marker photos, mostly train stations, I’m not really sure where many of the photos in the gallery were taken. I suppose I could compare the timestamp to the Vermonter’s schedule, but this is Thursday Doors, not CSI Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors, by the way, is a world-wide weekly adventure by door lovers and their cameras, paint brushes, memories and thoughts. The program is supported by Norm Frampton and is open to everyone. Take the (virtual) train up to Montreal, to Norm’s blog. Check out his door(s) and then look for the blue button. Press the button to hop onto the Doors page. There, you can add your door(s) and / or check out all the other doors.

Enjoy the rail-side doors I was able to capture. I’ve described them as best I can, in their captions. You can click on any one of them to view them all as a slideshow (one of the nicest things WordPress does for us).

Thanks for stopping by today.


    1. Thanks! I love the train stations, and the stuff you see along the tracks. A lot of the stations in CT are under construction, as the work to add a light-rail connection from Springfield, MA to New Haven, CT. I was in my glory (cranes construction equip)

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  1. Errr… buildings “serving some quiet purpose”…? Oh I imagine they might well be. But it’s a good thing you didn’t go inside. The “business” might not have been very friendly. ;)
    I’ve seen pictures of interior decorating where the sliding barn doors were upcycled. It was very cool. Happy Thursday

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    1. Thanks Deborah. The benefit of riding the train is seeing the sights as they go by. Most of the buildings I saw seem to be in the very early stages of repair or at least efforts are being made to stop the deterioration.

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      1. I haven’t traveled by train other than a commute around the city or up to San Francisco, the Tube, and Metro. One day I’d like to travel by train on a trip. But, I’ve got a romantic idea of what that would be, and I’m quite sure the elegant train car like those in the Movies- (read)the Orient Express wouldn’t be what it would be like today. :)

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  2. Some terrific shots today, Dan. This is one of the things I like most about riding the train — looking out the window and seeing the sights. Much as I hate to see any buildings looking rundown, even they provide a certain distressed beauty at times. Thanks for your work to get these in better viewing shape.

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  3. All the good comments appear to have been taken. Drat! Ah, well, I enjoyed the virtual train ride with its accompanying doors and windows. I always hate seeing a once-lovely building that’s been let go and whose windows are broken.


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  4. WE have warehouses on the lakefront with windows like the building you showed with the shattered windows. I agree with you. Sad. There is something about that church that just pulled me in. I don’t know if it was the triangle piece of grass or what or the huge spire but that is one gorgeous church. Really enjoyed another Thursday Doors post. Thanks, Dan!!! Take care! <3

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  5. For a long time I rode the train to go to school. I should have known about Thurs. Door then (but had no camera though). It’s a great idea because it tells the story of your trip! lOve the one on the top right. If you have another train trip, by all means…!


      1. As a kid we spent Summers up at my Grandpa’s place in Gasville, Ark. The little town was no more than a grocery, a drive in and a service station; but there was an abandoned shirt factory which we were fascinated by but loathe to go into. My oldest sister was a ghost phope and never missed a chance to intimidate us younger siblings with her suppositions. In those days nothing was boarded up. No one had spilled McDonald’s coffee in their lap, Big Mac sacue was still good and vagrancy was rare. We stepped inside once or twice. Now I would give anything to be able to taom around in there, looking for stry buttons or machine findings. Still…I would always look back over my shoulder with wistful imagination. What were the workers like? And their families? I always envisioned women at sewing machines for long hours. To me the building WAS the ghost.

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  6. Although late to reply, I am finally here and I loved the pictures. I felt like I was on a train ride with you on that window seat. I usually take the window seat, but ever since I got married in 2011, the window seat goes to Sarah. I actually want to take pictures from a train like you did, but our trains here are not as less crowded as yours. In fact, I was once coming up from an interview at IBM and I had an appointment letter envelope in my hand and I couldn’t find a single train to Vasai. All trains were packed to the door. So, I slide the envelope in my shirt, put my toes on the 2-inch footboard space, held the door handles firmly and traveled the entire journey standing virtually outside the train. The train was speeding at 80 kmph (50 mph) and I could feel my legs trembling, the wind howling in my ears and evil thoughts of my dying in my imagination, but luckily I made it.

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    1. I’ve seen photos of trains in India with people hanging on the side. That seems pretty scary. The commuter trains here will allow people to stand inside but AMTRAK sells out once the seats are gone. I’m glad you enjoyed this ride. Did you get a job offer?


  7. This was a little late for me to realize I somehow missed this railway doors post. My favorite photos are the blurred, double reflections windows and the pretty white, weather worn barn. It had such a character shining through it.

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    1. Thanks Robin. Sometimes, my posts come too quickly. This was a fun attempt to get some interesting doors, even though it didn’t yield the doors I was hoping for. I do like that barn door a lot.


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