Frank A. Mills

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Oil Tank Car

"Pennsylvania Oil"

While wandering around the Texas State Railway yards one June morning I came across this old forlorn Pennsylvania Oil Refining Co. tank car sitting in a string of equally forlorn cars. I asked, but no one seemed to know the future for this car.

16x10
Torchon Watercolor Paper

I have a love affair with anything that runs on tracks. I can't even remember when it started. Truthfully, I think it is in my genes. When I was about thirteen I entered the world of "boxcar tourism." Needing to get to Boy Scouts in the city (at the time we were living "out in the country") and not wanting to hitch or walk, I hopped a Western Maryland boxcar as it slowed for a grade, not quite sure how I was going to get off where I needed to. Fortunate for me, the train stopped just where I needed to get off. My riding companion was a grizzly old gent who offered to share his bottle with me. I declined. At that age there were still a few things about boxcar tourism that I was not quite ready to experience. In case you are wondering, I wisely never told my parents or my Scout leaders.
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  • commuting

    Commuting

    McKinney Trolley, Dallas

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  • Liberty Hill - Austin & Northwestern railroad

    Waiting for theSan Diegan

    Santa Fe Union Station
    San Diego, California
    I've taken the liberty to backdate the name of the train. Today it is either A Coaster or Amtrak Surfliner.

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  • Tower Three, Flatonia, Texas

    Tower Three

    Flatonia, Texas
    Click to link to story

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  • Liberty Hill - Austin & Northwestern railroad

    LibertyHill

    The location of the old Liberty Hill, Texas depot on the Austin & Northwestern railroad

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  • Arriving North Pole

    NorthPole

    Cuyahoga Valley Scenic R.R.
    Peninsula, Ohio

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  • Georgetown R.r. oil depot warehouse

    Georgetown R.R.Warehouse

    Georgetown
    Texas

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  • Caboose crashed into building wall

    Oops!

    The building was once a railroad themed restaurant

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  • Wood-sheaved Southern Pacific boxcar

    Wood-sheavedBoxcar

    Galveston Railroad Museum

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  • Depot photographer photographing departing passengers

    DepartingPhotograph

    Galveston Union Station

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  • steam locomotive rods and wheels (close up)

    Rods& Wheels

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  • Old abandoned railroad bridge in downtown Austin, Texas

    Orphaned Tracks

    These tracks once carried Missouri Pacific passenger trains along Third Street to the downtown depot

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  • painting of steam engine om wall in Taylor, Texas

    Train'sA Comin'

    Painting on "Taylor Station" bar, Taylor, Texas

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  • Santa Fe locomotive at Galveston Railway Mueseum & Historic Union Depot

    Santa Fe

    Location: Galveston Union Depot & Railway Museum

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  • Abandoned Railroad Drawbridge Cleveland

    Railroad
    Drawbridge

    Cleveland, connecting East & West Banks of the Flats (Abandoned)

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  • Abandoned Railroad Drawbridge Cleveland

    Railroad
    Drawbridge

    Cleveland, connecting East & West Banks of the Flats (Abandoned)

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  • Eastside Industrail, Cleveland

    Industrial
    Rail

    Cleveland

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  • San Diego Streetcar


    Streetcar

    San Diego

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  • San Diego Streetcar

    Foggy
    Bridge

    Austin Western RR
    Llano County, Texas

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  • destroyed semaphore

    Destroyed
    Semaphore


    Galveston, Texas

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  • Morning Commute, Houston

    Morning
    Commute

    Houston

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  • lunch at the Shaker Heights Rapid Station

    Lunch
    Time

    Shaker Heights Rapid Station Diner

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  • M-K-T Depot, Temple, Texas

    M-[K-TDepot

    Temple, Texas
    Built: 1913

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  • Cotton Warehouses, Taylor, Texas

    CottonWarehouses

    Taylor, Texas

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  • Abandoned A&NW siding, Llano, Texas

    AbandonedSiding

    Austin & Northwestern RR
    (Austin Western)
    Llano, Texas

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  • Santa Fe Depot, Midlothian, Texas

    Santa FeDepot

    Midlothian, Texas
    Built: 1883 (not original location)

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  • Santa Fe Depot, Paul's Valley, Oklahoma

    Santa FeDepot

    Paul's Valley, Oklahoma
    1905 - 1979 | Restored: 1991

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  • International & Great Northern Depot, Rockdale, Texas

    I&GN
    Depot

    Rockdale, Texas
    1906 - 1970 | Restored: 1999

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  • Southwestern Electric Station, Medina, Ohio

    SouthwesternElectric

    Medina, OH

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  • Amtrak crossing, Taylor, Texas

    Crossing

    Taylor, Texas
    Through a dirty car window

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  • Track 2, Texas & Pacific Station, Fort Worth, Texas

    Track2

    Texas & Pacific Station
    Fort Worth, Texas

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  • WmCo Grain, Taylor, Texas

    WmCoGrain

    Williamson County Grain
    Taylor, Texas

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  • abandoned_stockyard, U. P. engine, Taylor, Texas

    AbandonedStockyard

    U.P. Engine in background
    Taylor, Texas

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  • Texas Eagle, northbound, Taylor, Texas

    TexasEagle

    Northbound
    Taylor, Texas

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