The Caboose and Train Station Platform – Black and White Sketches

Anyone that has been following my work, knows I have an affinity to black and white photography. As I have stated before, I began serious photography with black and white film and had access to a dark room to develop my own prints. The mood, contrast and elements that become center stage in a photograph is different when seen in black and white versus the same shot in color. With these prints I have taken that look one step further with a pencil sketching technique. Using a sketched look versus the original photograph gives the final print a softer more rustic feel.


For this post I chose two sketches I created from the Issaquah Train Station (now a museum in Issaquah, Washington). I have featured numerous prints from this location as it lent itself to so many opportunities.

I love these old baggage carts sitting on the platform.


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23 thoughts on “The Caboose and Train Station Platform – Black and White Sketches

  1. Darlene

    Black and white works best for the Caboose and Train Station Platform. It certainly gives the feel of the era. What is it that fascinates us about trains and train stations?

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Darlene, good question, but it does so fascinate me….they have done a wonderful job with this train station turning it into a museum you can wonder through at your own leisure. I have visited it a number of times on my journeys up into the Seattle area. Appreciate the feedback and thanks for stopping by!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I thought the technique did justice to the train station and gave this old (and actually very bright yellow in reality) caboose a softer, more interesting look. Thanks for the feedback, Jet and for stopping by!

  2. Sue Slaght

    Kirt I really love the sketching technique. I’m typically not a fan of black and white but the sketching seems to give it more texture and more interest. Beautifully done and a very historic feel too.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I always think of you when I post B&W…that’s about the time a grin appears on my face and I’m heard mumbling…”Sue’s not gonna like this.” I appreciate the fact you muddle through my black and whites. 🙂 Thanks for the feedback on these…it does change the presentation into a softer look…. as always, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!!

      1. Sue Slaght

        Oh dear I have definitely developed a reputation. Glad it gives you a chuckle. Who knows maybe through your efforts black and white is beginning to grow on me. 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Dan….love that they have the old train station as a museum in Issaquah, Washington. I kicked around that station numerous times…can’t get enough!!

      1. Jonathan Caswell

        You were–are–correct. I once dreamed of living in either a train station or caboose…almost had the opportunity to live in a caboosee—but the one thing I lacked then was a decent job to fund things! 😦

  3. reocochran

    We had the celebration of National Train Day today. Maybe next May you could re-blog these beautiful black and white photos from a time gone by, Kirt.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I love what Issaquah has done with their train station…leaving it as a museum….use to be a busy station between logging (major stop between the Cascade Mountains (forests) and Seattle) and passenger service. I could spend hours their with everything they have (and actually have). National Train Day…May…will try and remember…thanks!


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