Shop More Submit  Join Login
About Photography / Hobbyist Member Hoyt DrayerMale/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 7 Years
Needs Premium Membership
Statistics 847 Deviations 20,957 Comments 38,163 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Random Favourites


Steamer by HerrDrayer
Huff a chuff a huff a chuff.  Two Stanley Steamers joined the Antique Car run, and every check point had a garden hose out for the boilers to be refilled.  Seeing antique cars, beautifully restored and sitting in a museum just isn't the same as seeing them putter by or hopping aboard for a ride. 

No, this Stanley is not useful for cleaning carpets.
Before Differentials by HerrDrayer
Before Differentials
Although Diffs might have existed by 1910, Buick hadn't picked up the memo yet.  Or at least, they weren't turning a differential with a drive shaft yet.  :P  Perhaps this would be more appropriately titled, "Before Shaft Drive"
Ancient Auto by HerrDrayer
Ancient Auto
This 1898 Jeanperrin was the oldest car in the 2014 Antique Car Run from New London, MN to New Brighton, MN.  The event draws antique cars from all over the country.  Some of the drivers and passengers even dress up in period outfits to complete the effect.  According to the owner/driver, he is only the second owner of the car, as the vehicle was the personal property of Jeanperrin himself who stored it in a barn through two world wars to protect this most special of vehicles.  The Jeanperrin family sold the car to him, and he remains friends with them.  Jeanperrin was originally a clockmaker, and the transmission is made of clockwork...literally.  According to the owner, said gears have only about 1% wear on them after 116 years, so the car shouldn't need a new tranny for another millenium.  :P
Century Old Drivable by HerrDrayer
Century Old Drivable
I'm not familiar at all with the Brush automotive company, but this oldie still gets the job done. 

Taken at the 2014 Antique Car Run from New London, MN to New Brighton, MN.

Pre T Ford Headlight by HerrDrayer
Pre T Ford Headlight
Before the Model T made its debut in 1908, Ford already had a well-established reputation in the automotive industry.  This gas lamp is attached to the front of a 1906 Ford that successfully completed the 2014 Antique Car run from New London, MN to New Brighton, MN. 

There's one rule for a vehicle to qualify for the run: it must be 100+ years old.  I met up with a friend and colleague at one of the route's intermediate stops to check out the cars and meet their caretakers.  Ironically, as I was leaving the checkpoint, I got a call from my wife saying there were a bunch of antique cars driving right past our house.  Yes, we live on the route.  :)  Next year, I'll see if my colleague just wants to come over to our house to see the cars pass by.

The Hunger Games are good films for railfans. After all, the most luxurious transportation available between the districts is a train that may or may not use magnetic levitation. Curiously, the background of District 12 is decorated with highly conventional, painted steel coal hopper cars.  Meanwhile, the passenger trains run on what appears to be a strange cross between the Transrapid's guideway set on the ground and the aerodynamic shape of the Japanese superconducting maglev vehicles, all hauled by a locomotive whose shrouding looks like it was pirated from the Chicago and Northwestern's Twin Cities 400.  The set designer must have been a railfan though, as the best and most peaceful part of the train is clearly an homage to the Milwaukee Road's unique Skytop lounge cars.…

To fit the cold, oppressive tone of the story though, the interior's metallic walls and dark upholstery make even the famously cool industrial design of the Henry Dreyfuss 1938 20th Century Limited look warm and welcoming. 
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Jazz 88, KBEM
  • Reading: Mark Twain's Autobiography
  • Watching: Good Will Hunting
  • Playing: Piano
  • Eating: Cinnamon bacon and eggs
  • Drinking: Water


Hoyt Drayer
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Current Residence: ...the land of many passenger trains! (Germany to be exact)
Favourite genre of music: Jazz, Classical, and classic rock
Favourite photographer: Anybody who can make art out of railroad pictures
Favourite style of art: railroad art
Operating System: Mac OSX Snow Leopard & Fedora 14
Shell of choice: K Desktop Environment
Wallpaper of choice: One of my best photographs
Skin of choice: Human epidermis, with my own DNA in every cell.
Favourite cartoon character: Goofy, Calvin, and Charlie Brown. Don't make me choose!
Personal Quote: "Make no small plans; they lack the power to stir mens' blood" -Daniel Burnham-

AdCast - Ads from the Community



Add a Comment:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you for the Favorite.
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Thank you for the :+fav: Hoyt
holzernes-herz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Many thanks Hoyt, for the new additions to your favourites :salute:
babynuke Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the :+fav:, much appreciated! :)
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Thank you very much for the :+fav: Hoyt
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You bet.  :)
Furuhashi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  New member
Thank you so much for the favourire!
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure thing.  :)
LustfulRat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving :)
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.  :)
Add a Comment: