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I still don't have any shots at all of or around the new station. Need to bag that one of these days. And it seems like every other time I'm driving back from dropping off my wife for class there's something Amtrak rolling through the Grand Interlocking. Probably the Texas Eagle, as I think I've seen Superliners. (Or their current equivalent.) Man I wish I'd taken more train pictures as a kid. I rode out to California through Denver Union before they stubbed it and Salt Lake UP when it was in service. (KC Union too, for that matter, with the great white bubble.) The "transition cars" that linked the Superliners to the historic Superchief equipment were still in use then. (As were the historic cars.) Some of those interiors would have been stunning. (Were.) There were these classic old lighted lucite handles on the stairs in the former AT&SF equipment. Even the water spigots seemed cool. Lots of chrome. There were neat old paintings in the lower level lounges. Man oh man, what I missed. Heck, these days I even miss the Amfleet equipment. Makes me happy, every now and then, when I see an Amfleet cafe car. There's something quite cool about the inside frames on the trucks. Sporty. Probably heck to maintain though. (Since you'd have to get under the car to do literally anything. Even just to check the temperature on a bearing.)
So I went out with Shadrach and did some railfanning. But along the way we did see some non-railroad things. Like this:

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Very grey day. Not the best for photography, really. But . . . it's a heck of a sign.
symphonicpoet wrote:I still don't have any shots at all of or around the new station. Need to bag that one of these days. And it seems like every other time I'm driving back from dropping off my wife for class there's something Amtrak rolling through the Grand Interlocking. Probably the Texas Eagle, as I think I've seen Superliners. (Or their current equivalent.) Man I wish I'd taken more train pictures as a kid. I rode out to California through Denver Union before they stubbed it and Salt Lake UP when it was in service. (KC Union too, for that matter, with the great white bubble.) The "transition cars" that linked the Superliners to the historic Superchief equipment were still in use then. (As were the historic cars.) Some of those interiors would have been stunning. (Were.) There were these classic old lighted lucite handles on the stairs in the former AT&SF equipment. Even the water spigots seemed cool. Lots of chrome. There were neat old paintings in the lower level lounges. Man oh man, what I missed. Heck, these days I even miss the Amfleet equipment. Makes me happy, every now and then, when I see an Amfleet cafe car. There's something quite cool about the inside frames on the trucks. Sporty. Probably heck to maintain though. (Since you'd have to get under the car to do literally anything. Even just to check the temperature on a bearing.)
So the original Denver Union Station was pull-through and Amtrak changed it to a stub? And our Union Station was a stub and Amtrak made us go to a pull-through?



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gary kreie wrote:So the original Denver Union Station was pull-through and Amtrak changed it to a stub? And our Union Station was a stub and Amtrak made us go to a pull-through?
It was pull through originally, with four to six tracks and bush sheds. Sort of a smaller version of KC Union Station, but without the concourse extending over the tracks. The present configuration came from a recent redevelopment spearheaded by the city and their transit system. I don't think Amtrak had much to do with it, being only a pretty minor tenant. They have . . . two Amtrak trains a day there now? The Cal Zephyr each way? Might be as much as four, but it's actually not terribly busy in terms of intercity rail.

There's a pretty good article on Wikipedia describing what's there now. And of course you can go through google earth and see when things happened to an extent. It looks like the through tracks were already gone by the late 90s, though you can still see the ghost of where they went. It might even be that Amtrak had moved out for a time, and into a temporary facility. Looks like they lost a lot of railyards and operations too. Like all of us. But the station was never the mammoth thing that is St. Louis Union Station, and so rationalization and redevelopment would have been easier. Add in healthy growth and investment in rapid transit at the right time . . . (And a quite large underground bus facility, apparently.)
The other problem with Denver is that the California Zephyr enters from the north side of downtown and departs to the north no matter what. The tracks that continued west/south out of Denver Union Station headed straight south down to Colorado Springs. The tracks that head west to Grand Junction are on the north side of downtown, requiring the train to back out of the station regardless.
So maybe the only thing it hurt was the Ski Train.
Tried to pick up some art supplies on Cherokee today, but the place was closed. Fortunately, I had a camera in my pocket. Not a loss.

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Kind of torn on where to put these . . . They're an experiment I've been working on for a while. Still not quite there. I need a longer lens and a more distant vantage.

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I swear to goodness, I'm not actually a SLU person. I . . . just end up there somehow. But you know, the place is lovely enough anyway.

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Buildings:

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The Armory

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Well, mostly . . .

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Struck me as an odd oversight that I'd never gotten any pictures inside Powell, even though I've spent a fair bit of time there over the years. Okay. Fixed. Helps to have a camera I'm mostly happy with that I can slip in a pocket.

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Steps to Parnasus

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All right. It's time for a serious photodump . . .

(It's been a busy month.) To keep this managable I'm going to break this up some.

First, April 26th I went to the garden with my wife and a friend of hers:

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(My partner in crime is the shorter woman in the more purple getup.)

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There were tulips.

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And redbuds.

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I'm sorry, was this a plant garden?

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Oh yes, cherry trees. Flowers. Okay. Back on topic.

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Part 2. A grab shot, a concert, and a visit from a CoMO friend:

A grab shot out at Laclede Groves in Webster. My grandmother has been keeping up their candles. Not the most prominent piece of architecture in town, but not bad for a blink and you miss it retirement facility.

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From a concert out at the Touhill April 29:

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(The middle doghouse is mine.)

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Yeah yeah yeah. I have a professional interest in these things. I've built a couple. So sue me. ;-) This one is VERY

nice! (Hell of a hall in general, really. Best I've personally seen. Anywhere.)

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May 5 at Forest Park with a friend from CoMO:

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Um . . . crane porn.

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'Bout those canoes you can rent now . . .

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I really should have taken some flower pictures at the zoo. For the sake of completeness. Oh well.

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Sometimes cities sink and people pull statues out of them.

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Always loved this little girl. Keep trying to photograph her. Best effort so far, I think.

Back at the garden on May 6th with the CoMO friend:

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Azaleas now.

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Also statuesque fountains. Garden art.

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Part 3: The Vietnamese Architect Auntie comes to visit. I've been obliged to try to give the good building tour.

May 15. New Cathedral first:

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Priory Chapel out on Mason Road. (Because modernism. And Obata. And awesome.):

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Main Library. (My wife's choice, but I can't fault it.):

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And back to the garden we go . . . May 17. Still with the architect auntie:

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How Do You Like Them Onions?

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Too much cute!

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Japanese Irisises

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A tropical cactus

Later downtown:

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Arch+Grass-City. The river is still there, of course, but still isolated. For something that is meant to build connections everything feels more isolated than ever. And it's really no easier at all to cross the street than it ever was. I remain disappointed. The landscaping really feels . . . barren. It's pretty, but disconnected from everything around it. I feel it missed its mark.

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Maybe it'll look better when the trees grow in, but it really needs buildings. It's not Forest Park that needs to be surrounded by buildings on all sides, it's this. I digress . . .

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Well, the river is still as impressive as ever. Even if it's nearly abandoned in front of the Arch.

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Better from this angle. Compression helps.

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May 18th we bought tickets:

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looks like YOU supplied the art TODAY, my friend. :wink: beautiful shots.
Good stuff!

BTW, what's the deal with this shot? I love Islamic architecture, but I didn't know we had any around here. Is there actually an Islamic area at the Garden that I don't know about? Or am I wrong, and it's actually Indian or something else?

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urban_dilettante wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 5:09 pm
looks like YOU supplied the art TODAY, my friend. :wink: beautiful shots.
*Blushing* Thank you sir! There will doubtless be more. Auntie Five is still here and we have a couple more stops to make before she leaves on Tuesday.


framer wrote: Good stuff!

BTW, what's the deal with this shot? I love Islamic architecture, but I didn't know we had any around here. Is there actually an Islamic area at the Garden that I don't know about? Or am I wrong, and it's actually Indian or something else?

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You are quite correct sir. There are two Islamic areas at the garden; one somewhat subtle and the other more overt. The first is the small Moorish garden in the middle of the Mediterranean House. (Officially the Temperate House, but I, being local, insist on using antiquated names no longer on any signs or maps.) ;-)

The second, and newer, is the Ottoman Garden. It's in the extreme northeast corner of the developed property, past the Linnean House. You can see the outer wall of it from the southeast portion of the parking lot. The gated service entrance that sometimes serves as an informal second public entrance is right next to it. I can't read Arabic, so I couldn't tell you what it says, but I do believe it's fancified calligraphic Arabic writing. Very nice little garden.
A few recent additions:

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The ceiling of the AAA office in Midtown

And again from that outing with Shadrach where we didn't see so many trains. But we did see buildings! And . . . odd Cassily looking things.

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Rootwad Park

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Fancy old wrought iron door up on the industrial north side.

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You can't make this stuff up. Seriously.

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Now if that's not a hidden gem . . . Truly obscure spot up south of the Hall Street Yard. Corner of pothole and gravel, right next to the railroad tracks. Fronting the tracks, no less.

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Down beneath the Adelaide bridge there is life. Or at least maybe there's trains once in a while. Same difference, really.

A few days later and in a different part of town . . .

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Wild Carrot is up and running in their theatre.

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And it looks nice!