From the Window of the Rail Runner
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
Imagine passengers encapsulated within a shiny, new train car, gazing out on an industrial and often decayed desert landscape. It's a lush and uniquely New Mexican juxtaposition of prosperity and poverty, modernity and the pastoral—an experience possible via the state's roadrunner-themed commuter train. Already coursing across the brown and blue landscape between Belen and Sandoval County, the Rail Runner, which began its travels in the summer of 2006, arrives in Santa Fe in December. When completed, the project will have cost the state a few hundred million contentious dollars.
For all of its practicality and novelty, the train also provides the state with a tremendous form of entertainment. So in light of this year’s photo contest we got in on the action and, with views from the newfangled locomotive as our subject, engaged in our own amateur digital photography.
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