Creative Expressions #4: Photo (Abandoned Railway)


Welcome to Week 4 of my creative challenge.

Don’t be shy! Play along!

Each week on Tuesday (as time permits), I’ll post a word, a phrase, a picture, or an idea that will constitute a prompt from which to submit a poem, a flash fiction piece (not longer than 250 words), an original photograph, an original artwork, or a combination of these things that you think applies to the week’s theme.

Interpret the theme as you see fit. The only rules are that you be creative, be original, and have fun. Post your entry on your own blog and add your link to the InLinkz page (see little blue frog link below).

As with most challenges of this sort, I encourage you to provide feedback, respectful critiques, or general comments. Simple “Likes” are good too!

This week I give you another original photograph of an Abandoned Railway. I’ve written a flash fiction piece based on a bit of local history. I hope you enjoy it.

The Flying Bluenose crossing a Dominion Atlantic Railway bridge in 1906. Image credit:
Abandoned Railway (© 2014

The Flying Bluenose

Heather kept stopping and staring at the battered wood embedded into the road they walked on, each time, pulling on Grandma’s hand.

Finally, she asked, “Grandma, why are all those boards in the road?”

“Those are called railroad ties. This used to be a railroad. Once upon a time, there were steel rails and trains ran here.”

The Flying Bluenose crossing a Dominion Atlantic Railway bridge in 1906. Image credit:
The Flying Bluenose crossing a Dominion Atlantic Railway bridge in 1906.
Image credit: commons/thumb/1/12/D.A.R._Bluenose.jpg/ 400px-D.A.R._Bluenose.jpg

“Where did the trains go?”

“Trains hauled apples from all ’round the Annapolis Valley to Halifax. Many of those apples went across the ocean to England.”

“Wow. That’s a long way away. Why did they get rid of the trains?”

“Progress, I suppose. Now they have faster and cheaper ways to ship things, like trucks and airplanes.”

“I wish I had seen the train. Did people ride on the train too?”

“Oh yes. Lots. You’ve heard of the Bluenose schooner?”

“Yes. We learned about it in school this year, and I saw it on TV.”

“Well, a long time ago, long before the schooner was built, there was a train called the Flying Bluenose. It was a grand train that took people from Halifax to Yarmouth by way of the Annapolis Valley. It ran on these very tracks.”

“Did you ever ride on it?”

“No, but Great Grandpa Frederick did once. He went to Yarmouth and then took a steamship to Boston.”

“Oh, that’s where Nova Scotia sends the big Christmas tree every year isn’t it? I saw that on TV too.”

“Yes, that’s right. Remind me to tell you that story sometime.”


Collection open until midnight Monday, December 22nd, 2014.

If you’d like to learn more about the “Flying Bluenose”, check out these great links:


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