I grew up in a rail town: East Rochester, NY originally called Despatch due to its location on a main rail line. As a child, the prime employer in town was the Penn Central Boxcar factory commonly called the "Car Shops". A main road in town crossed the tracks that entered the factory...you literally crossed 7 tracks at that crossing. The town was built on swampy ground so that every time a train came through, my house rocked ever so slightly. That rocking became as comforting to me as being in a cradle.
Growing up in this environment led to a fascination with old railroads. Everywhere I've lived I've encountered unique railroads: the Cog Railway that visits Pike's Peak, the commuter rail that often took me to Seoul. Now, I live next to one of the larger yards in the region, an inter-modal yard that loads and unloads trucks onto rail.
I am also very lucky to have a few operating steam railroads within a few hours drive of me. I visit as often as I can and take photos whenever I'm there. Heck, I even got to see the inner workings of the Magic Kingdom railroad at Walt Disney World!
Below are photos from some of those railroads..
Steamtown National Park
The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Steam Engine
Rochelle Park, NJ
Walt Disney World Railroad
Magic Kingdom, Fl