Through The Lens 140 – Smith Lake Abstract

Smith Lake Abstract

One of my favorites from a recent trip to the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad in May. I recently finished editing photos from the trip, so I’ll post Part 1 of the Trip Report on Tuesday.

Happy Friday!

Trip Report – Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington 2018

Early Morning in the Yard

In April, the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, ME held their annual photo excursion.  The WW&F has been on my to-do list for a couple years and the opportunity to attend finally presented itself this year.  The day started in the yard with some locomotive maintenance and switching before moving out onto the line.

Enginehouse

Oiling Around

Switching the Yard

Water Tank

Out on the line we made several stops including Cockeye Curve:

Cockeye Curve

Humason Trestle:

Humason Trestle Reflections

Alna Center:

Station Master & Train Crew

And Top of the Mountain:

Switching the Yard

The WW&F Ry Museum is dedicated to historical accuracy in just about everything they do. While modern machinery is sometimes used where necessary, the old fashioned way is preferred wherever possible. Case and point was the removal of about 330ft of rail at Davis Grade. They needed to remove the rail to facilitate the correction of some roadbed issues and while they could have easily used modern machinery to pull the rail, they chose to do it by hand just as it was done in 1937 when the line was scrapped. Even more incredible was the fact that the flat car that was used by the original WW&F Ry to scrap the line is back in service at the WW&F Ry Museum today. Since none of the WW&F’s locomotives were operable in 1937, they used draft horses to pull the flat car. All of this was recreated for the photographers assembled this spring. Why? Because they can!

Scraping the Line

Scraping the Line

Scraping the Line

Scraping the Line

The day ended with a night session produced by Stephen Hussar and his crew. The night session actually started before dark in the machine shop where we found a mechanic working on the Railway’s Ford Model T Railcar:

The Mechanic

Once Blue Hour hit, we moved outside to work with the Train Crew and Locomotive #9:

Needless to day it was a fun day photographically and I’m looking forward to a return trip, hopefully next year.

Through The Lens 139 – The Engineer

The Engineer

Engineer Robert “Bullet Bob” Longo awaits his next assignment in the cab of WW&F #9.  Actually, he’s waiting for the start of the night photo session during the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington’s 2018 Spring Photo Excursion and the assembled photographers have asked him to pose for a photo as the sun sets behind us.

I finished editing the photos from this trip, so look for a Trip Report on Tuesday.

Happy Friday!

Through The Lens 138 – The Mechanic

The Mechanic

A shot from the night session at the Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway’s spring photo charter. Lighting by Stephen Hussar.

More to come.

Through The Lens 128 – N&W 611 Roanoke Mornings

Roanoke Mornings

N&W 611 pulls into the station on the final morning of her 2017 Excursion Season.  Hopefully this sight will return in the future.

Through The Lens 125 – N&W 611 Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Last year about this time was the second weekend I chased N&W 611.  The flowers in the foreground made this one of my favorite images from the trip.

Through The Lens 123 – N&W 611 Brown’s Summit

Brown's Summit, NC

As a child I watched a video tape of the National Geographic program, ‘Love Those Trains’, until I wore it out.  N&W 611 was featured in the opening sequence and I always wanted to see her run in person.

Last year, my friend Kevin invited me to chase the J with him and a couple other friends. I immediately took him up on the offer and ended up chasing three of the four weekends that 611 ran in 2017.

The image above of N&W 611 charging up grade through the rain at Brown’s Summit, NC was taken about this time last year on the first of the three weekends I chased.

Through The Lens 118 – Man and Machine

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.

Trip Report – Railfest 2017

Last fall, I attended Steamtown National Historic Site’s annual Railfest. The highlight of the event was a night photo session that included scenes at the Sand Tower, Mattes Street Tower and the Roundhouse. I arrived in time for the night session Saturday night and then stayed over to see the event Sunday. Special events included demonstrations in the machine shop, tours of the Office and Stores Building, and of course train rides pulled by Baldwin Locomotive Works #26.

Sand Tower:

Mattes Street Tower:

Roundhouse:

Machine Shop Demonstration:

Ring of Fire:

Singing the Theme Song:

Through The Lens 116 – Night at the Roundhouse

One of my favorite photos from the night session held during the 2017 Railfest at Steamtown National Historic Site. Steve Barry provided the lighting and did an excellent job as usual. Unlike the typical practice of late where night sessions are lit with a constant light source, this one was done with flash which produces a much better quality of light and freezes the smoke and steam.

Just finished editing the photos from Railfest, so look for a trip Report Tuesday.