Friday, September 19, 2008
Thematic Photography #16 - Man and Nature
This photograph is of an old railroad bridge near St. Elmo, Colorado. The bridge in on the old Denver, South Park and Pacific narrow gauge line to Alpine Tunnel and beyond. This line was a marvel of engineering which may have proved its undoing. It was over engineered with fancy retaining walls and bridges which the more economically minded Denver and Rio Grande avoided. By taking time to build well the DSSP&P lost the race and the D&RG got all the business.
I like the way this bridge fits in the surrounding environment, but remember the natural surroundings have grown back after having been stripped to build the railroad.