The Wheel Deal


These photographs were taken on April 5, 2023 at 1:32 PM.


The location was on the Beltway which surrounds the Washington DC area.


The "Take It!" Came as I was finishing a day of my part time job and on my way home. As I moved through the traffic - my eye was attracted to a reflection ahead of me which I just had to speed up to be able to take a look at. ( had I been a fish - this lure would have caught me - lol ) upon closer approach - the reflective flash points were from the sun bouncing off of - what appeared to be new wheel/axil units for some sort of rail car. They seemed to be a product that was both cast and then machined to bring about the precision smooth surfaces capable of bringing about the reflections.


One of the fun parts of this photo capture was to be able to wonder about the value of each of these units ( must be lots of money ) along with the realization of just how valuable and necessary our road system is in being able to get goods to where they need to go. While these wheels will spend their working lives on rails - they needed the asphalt roads to bring them to where they could be installed and get started with their intended mission.


A part of all of this - is my appreciation for the chance to have these gems be available for viewing due to the need to have them be transported on an open flat bed - for all to see instead of be hidden from view in an enclosed trailer - as is called for - in moving other products.


Thank you for joining me as I engaged in yet some more of the taking of pictures while at speed - of marvels on the move.


All my best,



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Comments: 6
  • #1

    SF1967 (Tuesday, 02 May 2023 16:08)

    I have a friend that does that exact job. He loves it!

  • #2

    Jim (Tuesday, 02 May 2023 16:13)

    That's an important job that doesn't get enough attention.

  • #3

    Sally (Tuesday, 02 May 2023 16:13)

    I had to ask my husband what those were lol.

  • #4

    GpaJake (Tuesday, 02 May 2023 16:18)

    Huh, interesting. You'd think they'd move those things by train.

  • #5

    Teri (Tuesday, 02 May 2023 16:24)

    I hadn't considered the cost of those. I bet you're right, those must be so expensive.

  • #6

    Gabe (Tuesday, 02 May 2023 16:26)

    Is that rust or oil on them?