Saturday, May 30, 2009

Past & present

It is Saturday morning and the job site is working but it doesn't appear to be a full crew. This excavator was parked for the weekend. It would look like I may have misjudged the scale but this machine had a very long arm and it just wouldn't fit on one spread. This is at the Farm Lane bridges project on the campus of Michigan State University. The bridge girder behind the machine is for CSX railroad. Just north of here is the bridge for Canadian National railroad. Both bridges now have train traffic on them and they are in the process of digging Farm Lane down to final grade in preparation for opening to traffic this fall.

This old grain elevator is in Grand Ledge Michigan. It is no longer in use but there are several newer buildings around this that are part of a thriving grain business. This is a bit out of proportion but you get the idea. It is almost all steel siding and roofing with some of the red paint still visible and a lot of rust. This building sits to the south side of CSX main line tracks.
Both sketches Pitt pen, watercolor in a Hand*book journal