Sacramento, Downtown Railyard, Erecting Shop, Monochrome

ISO100, 20mm, f/14, 1/50 sec
Historic Railyard Shops, Sacramento, CA

Processed three separate times in the course of this post, I just do not have a good idea how this image should turn out.  This brick building is part of the Central Shops District in the historical railyard in downtown Sacramento.

(click through on the image to view in 700px)

With the current train depot undergoing renovation and modernization, including new passenger platforms and tunnels, there are numerous entry points into the old railyards.  Unfortunately, I was only able to wander around in broad daylight for less than 20 minutes before being spotted by security patrols.  At least the security guard was sympathetic and asked me to walk myself off the property.  This photograph of the “Erecting Shop” was one of the shots I quickly framed and took on my way out.  The dual lines coming out of each bay allow for locomotives to enter and exit the building.

As described in a 2007 redevelopment plan: “Construction of the Erecting Shop began in 1867, and took place in four distinct phases. The original Engine Rebuild Shop and the Component Rebuild Shop were constructed circa 1869. Both were added onto in 1875, and again in 1888.  Finally, in 1905 or 1906, the Erecting Bays were expanded to the west of the Erecting Shop. The building is single-story, and is  constructed with unreinforced brick masonry with no interior walls or lateral load resisting frames. The Engine Rebuild Shop and  Component Rebuild Shop has a gable roof of metal decking, and the Erecting Bays have a separate metal deck roof, both of which are supported by an elaborate truss system.”

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 20mm, f/14, 1/50 sec

Sacramento, Downtown Railyard, Erecting Shop, Monochrome. Sacramento, California. February 16, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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