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.
Reaching way back into the archives for this one. This photo of Shield Spring taken during a winter trip to Yellowstone many years ago has always been one of my favorites. I’ve always liked the contrast between the color of the bacteria in the runoff around the spring vs. the snow and trees.
On a photo charter in February 2016, Christopher Brang assesses the situation while working on a stuck brake that has halted progress down the hill.
One of my goals for the year is to photograph the people involved in the operations of these historic machines more than I have in the past rather than simply focusing on the trains. Fortunately I have a couple opportunities to practice this year.
The recent cold snap had me thinking about the coldest weather I’ve experienced. It was -31°F the morning we went to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and it was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen. Clear blue skies and the air shimmered with tiny ice crystals floating. Its hard to believe it was ten years ago. It seems like I was just there.
Another from the archives. A few years ago, a snow storm hit Williamsburg in late December. It was after Christmas but before they take the decorations down in January. It was an easy decision to make the four hour drive in the snow for this photography opportunity.
Here’s one of my favorite photos from a private photo charter on the Durango & Silverton back in February 2011. 478 pulls a mixed train along the Animas River at a location called Tank Creek. In the background just before the tracks curve out of the frame, you can see the water tank that gives this location its name.
A year ago this weekend I stopped to photograph the Strasburg Railroad on my way to a photo charter on the Reading & Northern. Shortly after I arrived I saw Strasburg’s Russell Snow Plow heading out of the yard. I went straight for a cut hoping for deep enough snow to capture the plow at work. Fortunately I guessed correctly.