The Gandy Dancer in Pittsburgh is a premier saloon attached to The Grand Concourse Restaurant. Both are situated in the former Train Station
of the the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE) was first chartered and in 1877 with a rail line connecting Pittsburgh to Youngstown. In 1879, the P&LE officially opened for commercial traffic and later became known as the Little Giant for the amount of tonnage that it moved. In 1976, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation developed the site as a mixed-use historic adaptive reuse development and the train station was converted.
They serve wonderful food and cocktails in an atmosphere that takes you back to another era. The trains still run along the river and the restaurant offers a view of Pittsburgh across the Monongahela River.
I don’t know about you but when I am traveling I like to be comfortable. This has always been true for me even when younger. But of course when you travel on business as I did for years you can’t wear slippers. This young lady was waiting for a train in Orléans France. She was not going local she had a suitcase with her. I must admit I love the view, but even if I was a young woman I think you would have to pay me to get me to wear these on a train. You can buy a print of this image and see others at my gallery by clicking here.
If you have been following this blog, you may remember this model form a previous post entitled “All Aboard”. Here she is in another shot from the session in a 1970’s style coat. You can see more model photography and buy a print on my commercial site by clicking here.
In 1977 we were doing a fashion shoot at an abandoned train station in Greensburg Pennsylvania. We liked the derelict appearance of the place which provided a great contrast to the model and the fashions. After an hour or so of shooting, to our surprise a train pulled in and these two conductors got off and looked at their watches. I think we surprised them as well as we quickly ran over to the train and took a couple of quick pictures. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial gallery by clicking here.