Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The CSL Tadoussac Again

So as I stopped at one of the rest areas, I noticed that there was a ship heading down and would probably be going through Detroit as I would be going through Detroit (if I detoured).  So I decided to take a slight detour and stop in Detroit before going home.
 While I was waiting for the ship, I decided to take a picture of a seagull doing seagull things.
 The Tadoussac makes her way around Belle Isle.  I would have gone to Belle Isle, but I didn't think I would have time to catch her there.
 But I did catch her from Milliken.  Milliken gives you a decent view.
 But I think the views from Belle Isle are better.
 Not sure if you can tell in this picture, but she has a pretty odd wake.
 The straight out shot.
 A better shot of the wake.  Some time ago, the side tanks were added to her.  That changed her flow characteristics a bit.  It gives her an unusual wake.
 She slowly works her way past.
 Her twin stacks.  I'm surprised it doesn't say, "Like us on Facebook" somewhere.
 Or maybe, "Follow us on Twitter".
And she passes by.

Well there was my trip.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

A Panoramic Shot of Pittsburgh

While I was up on the hill, I decided to get a Panoramic shot.
I think it looks pretty cool.

A Brief Wandering Through Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh was established in 1758 as Fort Pitt.  It was named in honor of the British Earl William Pitt.  It was incorporated as a township in 1771 and borough in 1794.   Currently, its population stands a little over 300,000.
 Pittsburgh was long known as the Steel City because it was home to a number of steel mills (not depicted here) but it was also the sight of many related industries.  However, like many cities in the Northeast, many of those industries have been moved elsewhere leaving another city looking to re-establish itself.  This is one of the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.  I liked the look of it.
 This is an old Chemical factory.
 A stream.  I kind of liked the industrial look of this.
 An old church.
 I really liked the look of this hardware store window.  It doesn't seem like it would be out of place in black and white.
 Another neighborhood.
 Looking up at one of the old houses.
 A reflection of the neighborhood.
 A church.
 A street that I swore was straight down.  On the night before, I wanted to check out the casino and this is one of the streets my GPS routed me on.
 Another neighborhood area.
 Then I headed downtown to get some pictures there.
 The Heinz Center.
 With 446 bridges at one time, Pittsburgh is also known as the city of bridges.
 Another shot of downtown.  Pittsburgh does seem like it is re-inventing itself.  I am sure there are still some neighborhoods that I don't want to visit though.
 Reflections in a skyscraper.
 I really liked the look of this building.
 The skyscraper canyon.
 I thought this building looked pretty neat.
 It looked even neater looking up at it.
 I think one of the things that I liked about Pittsburgh was there was a nice mixture of the old and the new.  This building didn't seem terribly out of place even though it was surrounded by modern looking skyscrapers.
 A little park.
 Another building that I thought looked cool.
 I liked the reflections of this one.
 Then I headed up to Grandview Street.  I have a feeling this was one of the wealthier neighborhoods at one time.  It gives a really nice view of the city.
 Some of the houses.
 Looking down a street.  For some reason this reminded me of a steeper version of San Francisco.
 I couldn't pass up a shot of a barge.
 Like I said, you get a pretty impressive view of the city itself.
 Just another angle.
 And another angle.
 A church.
 One of the Carnegie Libraries in the city.  Andrew Carnegie used to be one of the richest men in the country (if not the world).  If I remember correctly, he built up the steel industry in this country.  Once he made his wealth, he started to give some of it back in the form of libraries and a University.
And there are jerks everywhere.

The Gallitzin Tunnel

Just west of the Horseshoe Curve is the Gallitzin Tunnels.  The first tunnel was built here in 1854 and was known as the Allegheny Tunnel.  In the 1890's, this was expanded to two tracks.
 In 1904, the tunnel to the left was built and was known as the Gallitzin Tunnel.  In the early 1990's, the tunnel to the right was expanded to accomodate larger cars and the other tunnel was closed.  This was also on the list of targets for the German Saboteurs.
 A Pennsylvania Railroad Caboose.
 But it was trains I was looking for here.
 And it was trains that I would find.
 There was a nice little bridge over the tracks.  They were kind enough to make camera spots on it.
 The train entering the tunnel.
 A shot of some of the cars.
 The train showing off by carrying a bunch of semi-trailers.
 A car hauling car.
 The back engines leaving the tunnel.
One more shot.