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Forum: Post Your Photos! 11 Hours Ago  
Machinery Kinsua Bridge -1994
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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A very well timed photo. That train ride was enjoyed by many, many people over the years. You are correct, the Commonwealth had begun restoration to the bridge in February 2003. Unfortunately the tornado struck in July while the work was in progress. The good side of the story, no one was injured by the tornado.

Thank you for posting your photo and adding to the story.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11 Hours Ago  
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Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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A new day dawned so I posted a new entry.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11 Hours Ago  
Landscape Water, Mist and Mountains
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Very well done monochrome. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11 Hours Ago  
Abstract Kinzua Bridge in Crystal Ball
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Views: 204
Thank you for your kind comments.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 14 Hours Ago  
Abstract Kinzua Bridge in Crystal Ball
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Glad you like it, thanks for commenting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 16 Hours Ago  
Abstract Kinzua Bridge in Crystal Ball
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Thank you for stopping and looking.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Abstract Kinzua Bridge in Crystal Ball
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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That was part of the problem, when they replaced the original towers with steel ones, the bolts were not long enough to allow steel nuts to be placed on them and the expense and time to replace all the bolts was determined to be unnecessary back in 1900, so cap nuts were used. The tornadic winds reached about 112 mph. That plus the twisting action of the wind worked together to destroy the larger towers.

As for the state having other priorities than a "mere tourist attraction" the Commonwealth was in the process of restoring the bridge, beginning in February 2003,less than six months before the tornado brought it down. Yes it can be classified as a tourist attraction, but is also is a significant structure and symbol of the ingenuity of the American people.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Abstract Kinzua Bridge in Crystal Ball
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote

In 1994 I walked clear across the gorge with our older daughter.
It was quite a sight then - but may p[resent better photographic possibilities with the observation platform being a clear point of interest in the middle of the photo.
Looking back on my photos from then, I don't have one of the complete bridge - just one of our daughter with the bridge tailing off into the distance, and one of the train surrounded by bridge.



i may be able to find a photo(film) from back when the bridge was still intact, but it would take some time. I do not have any with the train in them. I do have a couple of the observation platform, but my intent was t use the crystal ball to focus on the remaining bridge and platform. Thank you for your comment.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Abstract Kinzua Bridge in Crystal Ball
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Thank you for stopping in and your comments. Much more information is available at the site or online.




Thank you for your comments. I did have to tweak it a bit in PSE. The park is very colorful in the fall, too.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
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Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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I lost count, but keep on keeping on.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Abstract Kinzua Bridge in Crystal Ball
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Spent the day, yesterday, with my grandsons and wife enjoying some of the attractions around our area. I had purchased a crystal ball a few months ago and decided it was time to try it out at Kinzua Bridge State Park.

The Kinzua Bridge construction started in 1881 and when completed in 1882 was the highest railroad viaduct in the world at 301 feet high and 2,053 feet long. It weighed 3,105,000 pounds. Originally constructed of Phoenix Iron, stronger and lighter weight than cast iron, it was re-built in 1900 using steel to support the larger and heavier trains of the day. The new structure required 40 to 150 men working ten-hour shifts to rebuild the bridge in 105 days. The bridge then had the same dimensions but weighed 6,706,000 pounds. The bridge carried cargo until 1959 and thereafter carried passengers through the Allegany Nation Forest for sight seeing excursions.

On Monday, July 21, 2003, an F1 tornado hit the bridge and toppled eleven of the central towers of the bridge. Six of the towers were restored and now support an observation platform 255 feet above the Kinzua Creek Valley. An interesting attraction which our grandsons ask to visit each time they come to stay with us.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Abstract A little visitor...
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
Replies: 5
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I can appreciate your trepidation, my youngest absolutely hates arachnids of any kind. He doesn't even like photos of them. I don't think this was a jumping spider, I puffed a little air on it and it just pulled into itself and once dropped a couple inches by a web string, then crawled back up the post. As I originally posted, insects and spiders are not my usual subject matter.

Thanks for dropping by.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Abstract A little visitor...
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Thanks for looking in. I do not believe it is a dangerous species. Actually it was only about a quarter on an inch across, including its legs. It was crawling on a 4X4 post.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Abstract A little visitor...
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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...to my back porch. I very seldom take photos of insects or arachnids, but this little guy had made it all the way up to my porch, I figured he deserved a portrait. Just having a bit of fun.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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One more try.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
Hello from France
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
Replies: 16
Views: 193
Welcome to the forum, Michael C. The 18-55 is a good walkaround camera/lens combination. It is a bit lacking for low light photography but still adequate in most instances.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
Vorstellung - Introduction
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Views: 355
WElcome, Osborne. This is a friendly place and many very knowledgeable people here ready and willing to help if you have question.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
New to photography, film, and Pentax
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
Replies: 15
Views: 220
Murpheye, welcome to the forum. I started my photography with a Petri FT, but after a few years and the petri had a problem I opted for the Pentax K1000. As CJones wrote, it was built well. I should say it IS built well, I still have mine and it still functions perfectly. I also agree with a the others who said to concentrate on the basics for now. If possible take an online tutorial or class about them and progress from there. Photography is a hobby, a profession, and maybe even a lifestyle. Practice, practice, and practice some more. Good luck with your journey through college, life and photography.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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I got a bit behind so here's another entry.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
hello
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Views: 647
Welcome to the forum. Cute little ant.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
New to photography and pentax film cameras
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
Replies: 13
Views: 271
Welcome to the forum, you should have little problem switching back and forth, you are still looking through a viewfinder at what you will get on the film or sensor.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
Greetings!
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
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Views: 318
Welcome and look forward to seeing some of your work.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
Hello Pentaxians
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
Replies: 15
Views: 221
Welcome. I too started my Pentax journey with a K1000 and now shoot with a K-70. Glad to have another added to the rolls.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
Hi all. New Pentax film user.
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
Replies: 15
Views: 281
Welcome to the forum, there are several here who shoot so you will have lots of company.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
new here
Posted By Photos-by-Chas
Replies: 15
Views: 217
Welcome to the forum, if you have questions, someone here probably has the answers.
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