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Lancaster train station in the rain

Updated: Jul 22, 2023

Black-and-white image of the train station in Lancaster city.
Lancaster's train station in the wind and rain

LOCATION: Amtrak Train Station Lancaster, Lancaster City, Pa.

EQUIPMENT: Canon 5D Mark IV | EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM | Manfrotto Tripod | Hoya Pro ND64 Neutral Density Filter


We see it. We feel it on our skin. We can feel it in our souls.

It can be cold, and it can be renewing. Life can be miserable when rain falls, but there can be no life without rain falling, either.

It's necessary and sometimes what we have to go through to enjoy sunshine on the other side of a storm.

I don't mean to get too deep, weepy, or sentimental here, but it's what I think about when looking back on this image of the train station in Lancaster city, Pa.

I've written before about the therapeutic nature of photography, and the evening I went out looking for an image and ended up with this one is no exception.

The wind roared in 30 mph gusts. Clouds overhead hurried by eastward, toward the a better view of the Atlantic coast.

And I saw mood standing in front of the brick, concrete and glass structure.

The building is nearing its centennial (that will be in 2029), and it can harken back to its Pennsylvania Railroad hey days (note the inscription just below the clock).

I used a bus stop to shield me and the camera from the wind and the rain, tried to forget about life for 10 minutes, and made 10 second exposures to try and capture storm motion.

What you see above is the briefest of moments when no one stood in view nor did a car or taxi pass in front of the camera.

Dave Pidgeon is a seasoned writer and photographer from Lancaster, Pa. You can write to him at


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