Trip Report – Steam Railroading Institute Part 2

Continuing where we left off in Part One, one of the hallmarks of a railroad photo shoot is the night photo session. In the case of my trip to the Steam Railroading Institute, there were two, one out on the line at Carland Elevator and a second, smaller Rosie the Riveter themed shoot back at the yard in Owosso. Both were bitter cold nights, but the cold makes for better images of a steam train. A few favorites in no particular order:

Pere Marquette 1225 Crew Portrait

Crew Portrait

3rd Shift Lunch Break

Lunch on the third shift

Greasing the Rods

Cleaning the headlight

The Engineer

The Engineer

Carland Elevator

Carland

It was a great two days on the railroad and I look forward to visiting Steam Railroading Institute again.

Through The Lens 173 – Carland Elevator

Carland Elevator

Pere Marquette 1225 storms past Carland Elevator in Elsie, MI on a late evening run west. More to come Tuesday in Part 2 of my Steam Railroading Institute Trip Report. Check out Part One here.

Happy Friday!

Trip Report – Steam Railroading Institute Part 1

West Riley Road

With all of my photo plans cancelled by the restrictions on gatherings and closure of state and national parks, I’ve been working on my backlog of images that need to be edited. First up in that group were images from a Lerro Photography charter at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan in January 2019. This was a two day charter featuring Pere Marquette 1225. For those who have seen the Polar Express, this is the locomotive that they used as inspiration for the animated locomotive in the movie. They even went so far as to have Skywalker Sound record Pere Marquette 1225 for use as sound effects for the movie.

Over the course of two days, we covered a number of locations over the 15 miles between Owosso and Elsie. The following are a few of my favorites in no particular order:

West Wilkinson Road Sunrise

West Wilkinson Road Sunrise

North Smith Road Farm

North Smith Road Farm

King Road Crossing

King Road Crossing

Carland Elevator

Carland Elevator

South Woodbridge Road Crossing

South Woodbridge Road Crossing

West Wilkinson Road Sunset

West Wilkinson Road Sunset

Check back next Tuesday for Part 2, including images from the night sessions.

Through The Lens 172 – Steam Railroading Institute Sunset

West Wilkinson Road Sunset

Pere Marquette 1225 runs past the photo line at West Wilkensen Road outside Owosso, MI on a Lerro Photography charter. I’m almost finished my photos from this trip. Look for part one of the trip report on Tuesday.

Happy Friday!

Through The Lens 166 – Reading & Northern

Hunter Street Tunnel

More Steam and Snow from the archive. This time from a 2016 charter on the Reading and Northern. Heavy snow on Saturday turned to rain on Sunday which gave us some great atmospheric effects, including the ground fog seen outside the tunnel.

Through The Lens 164 – Wilmington & Western

More steam and snow from the archives. This trip to the Wilmington & Western produced several great shots, but this one of #98 rolling through this snow covered cut has always been a favorite of mine.

Through The Lens 147 – Richie

Earlier this year, I made a goal of photographing more people at the events I attend, particularly the railroad events, and I’m glad I did.  Doing so has helped me get to know some of the folks who maintain the locomotives that I love to photograph so much.  One of those people was Richie Maggs.  The picture above was taken during the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s 2018 WWII Weekend at the Cafe in the French Village where Richie was a reenactor.

Last weekend I received the news that Richie had passed away unexpectedly.  I only knew him briefly, but I know he was a great guy who lived life to the fullest and truly enjoyed his career in steam railroad preservation.  My deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.

Highball, Richie!  Rest easy.

Oregon Trip Report 2018 – Part 2

Smith Lake Reflections

Continuing from last week’s Oregon Trip Report Part 1, The second morning of the trip starts in the small fishing village of Garabaldi, which is home to the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, for a Martin Hansen photo charter with the Polson Logging #2 pulling a log train and the McCloud #25 on a mixed freight. We covered a good portion of the line, stopping in several scenic locations including Garabaldi Pier:

Garabaldi Pier

Second Nehalem River Bridge:

Second Nehalem River Bridge

Hathaway Slough Trestle:

Hathaway Slough Trestle

Stasek Slough Trestle:

Stasek Slough Trestle

Three Graces:

Three Graces

and back to Smith Lake for the night session:

Smith Lake Blue Hour

Thanks again to Martin for putting on an excellent charter and also to Pete Lerro for leading the night session!

Look for Part 3, next Tuesday.

Through The Lens 141 – Three Graces

Three Graces

Polson Logging #2 charges past the rock formation known as the Three Graces on her way to the night photo session at Smith Lake.

Look for Part 2 of my Oregon Coast Trip Report on Tuesday, featuring the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.

Oregon Trip Report 2018 – Part 1

Wreck of the Peter Iredale

While the main purpose of my trip to Oregon in May was to photograph the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, flying into and out of Portland provided some additional photography opportunities.  First up was a stop at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center on Friday afternoon.  We arrived to find Southern Pacific 4449 parked outside in preparation for an open house the next day.

SP 4449

Inside the facility were Oregon Railroad & Navigation 197 and Spokane Portland & Seattle 700:

OR&N 197

From there we headed to Astoria where we caught the Riverfront Trolley running with several container ships waiting their turn to run up river:

Astoria Riverfront Trolley along the Columbia River

Flavel House gardens in full bloom:

Flavel House Rear Gardens in Spring

Next, we headed down the coast and found the wreck of the Peter Iredale:

Wreck of the Peter Iredale

After spending some time on the beach capturing the wreck under menacing skies, we make the final leg of the trip into Garabaldi for the photo charter the next day.

Look for Part 2 next Tuesday.