Through The Lens 32 – East Broad Top Machine Shop

The East Broad Top Railroad Machine Shop is one of those places that you enter and instantly go back in time.  It looks as if the workers left yesterday even though yesterday was April 14th, 1956. With the railroad not operating, tours are rare, but if you have the chance to go, take advantage of the opportunity.  You won’t regret it. 

Trip Report – Atlanta

Atlanta Skyline

I made a quick trip to Atlanta last weekend for the American Association of Woodturners annual symposium.  While I was there I managed to squeeze in some photography. 

Above is a blue hour shot from Jackson Street Bridge which is the classic location for photos of the Atlanta skyline. 

Below are two shots from The Varsity which happens to be another great location for photos of the Atlanta skyline. All of the red neon looks great at blue hour.

The Varsity

The Varsity

Trip Report – Western Maryland Scenic Railroad 734

This past February I attended a photo charter at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad hosted by Lerro Productions.  The charter included a full day of photography on the railroad plus a night session at Cumberland Station.  With 734 almost out of operating days before a required major rebuild, the charter sold out quickly as many photographers wanted to spend one more day with one of their favorite locomotives.  As it turns out, due to a landslide on the line a couple of weeks after the charter, this would be the last time 734 ran all the way to Frostburg.

After lunch the clouds rolled in, so rather than shoot in poor lighting, a couple of us elected to head back to the caboose and ride with the brakeman for the rest of the afternoon.  This turned into a portrait shoot since this particular crew member takes great pride in accurately dressing the part for these photo shoots.


Finally, 734 was parked in front Cumberland Station for one last night session before her rebuild.  What made this on unusual is that she was turned facing East when most night sessions had her facing West to take advantage of the water spout at the other end of the station.

It will be a few years before 734 is running again since the railroad is focusing on restoring C&O 1309.  Current reports indicate that the WMSR’s “new” steam locomotive will be running next year.  As always in the world of steam preservation, “it’ll be done when it’s ready.”

Through The Lens 30 – Western Maryland Scenic Railroad 734

734 simmering at Cumberland Station while waiting for permission to proceed down the line – or more accurately, 734 is parked at the station for a night session during a photo charter hosted by Lerro Productions this past February.  Stop back next Tuesday for the trip report.

Through The Lens 28 – WWII Weekend

It’s that time of year again! This weekend is Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s WWII Weekend.  After only spending one day there last year, I’m looking forward to a full weekend this year.

Sadly, the P-47 Thunderbolt, Jacky’s Revenge, pictured above will not be in attendance this year. Last Friday, it suffered what is believed to be engine failure and was landed in the Hudson River.  It’s pilot, Bill Gordon, drowned when the plane sank before he was able to get out of the harness.  My condolences go out to the Gordon Family and to the folks at the American Airpower Museum.