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CR Gorge with SD14

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CR Gorge with SD14

PMPete

As some of you know I have been playing with a new type of camera this summer. I had yet to get out into my favorite backyard playground when the weather was nice. Friday 29 August proved to be exceptionally good… (more)

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That other narrow gauge

Three-foot gauge steam in Eastern Oregon

Glen Brewer

The Sumpter Valley Railway of eastern Oregon was closely associated with the Oregon Lumber Company. David S. Eccles of Ogden, Utah created both companies. The line is probably best remembered for operating the two largest locomotives ever to run on a three-foot gauge railway in North America. … (more)

Boxcab Daze

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Boxcab Daze

Martin Burwash

When locomotive 10217A emerged from General Electric’s shops in Erie, Pennsylvania, men from the United States were preparing to march through the streets of their hometowns, bound for Europe to fight “Kaiser Bill”. The world hoped it would be “the war to end all wars”. The year was 1916… (more)

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Milwaukee Road’s Columbia River Bridge

DWHonan

On an early spring morning last year, I visited Beverly and the Milwaukee Road’s Columbia River crossing. Standing on the bank with the cold water slowly sliding past my toes, I gazed up at the bridge and imagined I could hear a westbound train approaching, charging hard in advance of the climb to Boylston… (more)

Let There Be Light

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Let There Be Light

Experiments with flash photography

Kent Staubus

OK, first of all, let’s be clear that this is a discussion, not an essay. Kent did not submit this thread for approval, and it has never been reviewed, nor was that the intent.

However… This thread has over 100 replies and nearly 3000 views as I post this (and more every day). It’s a continuing discussion of the various methods and techniques Kent is using to do night flash photography techniques. Follow along as he learns what works and what doesn’t. You’ll see his successes, and he’s also posted some of the failures, along with comments on why they failed. It’s a very interesting and informative discussion.

I’ve long been toying with the idea of buying a few radio slaves and going after some night shots with my flash units. I always held off, partly because of the cost and partly because it’s a lot of work. Now that it’s getting dark earlier and the trains are only running at night on my busiest line (due to MoW work), I finally bought the stuff. I’ll go into detail what I bought later…  (read more)

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Steam in the Piney Woods

Texas State Railroad

Bradley Linda

A Saturday in mid-November 2006 began like many fall days in Texas- beautifully sunny, crisp and cool in the middle 40’s. Milling around the Rusk, Texas depot of the Texas State Railroad, the quiet stillness of the East Texas pine forests was broken by the unmistakable sound of a steam locomotive whistle nearby. We watched as 2-8-0 #300 showed herself as she came around the wye to pull into the station, the cool air and slow motion allowed the steam to swirl around the locomotive…  (more)

Workday

Workday

Eric Miller

Every morning, the ritual is repeated, millions upon millions of times. The workday begins, men and women preparing themselves, and then preparing their machines, be it computers or cash registers or trucks…Or locomotives… (read more)

Cotton Belt Engineer

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Chapter 7 Cotton Belt Engineer

COTTON BELT END OF STEAM 1950-1953

Ed Cooper

C. W. “Red” Standefer railroaded from 1917-1967 and saw everything from the sharp end of saturated steam locomotives to second generation diesels. He saw his first train in 1907 while the Stephenville, North & South Texas Railway was being built into his hometown of Hamilton. Standefer decided then and there to become a railroad engineer at the age of eight years. It took him ten years to land the job of engine watchman for the Cotton Belt in Hamilton. He was promoted to fireman in early 1918 and began working for the Cotton Belt out of Tyler and Waco. He moved to the Cotton Belt rail center of Commerce, Texas in 1920 and started his family there. He lived in Commerce for the rest of his life. Red Standefer was promoted to engineer in early 1939. He loved his job and the steam locomotive. This is the story of Red Standefer’s last acquaintance with active steam locomotives and how the Cotton Belt’s last steam locomotives were used…  (more)

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Iron horses put out to pasture

Scenes from the Piney Woods

Glen Brewer

In my youth, I was already a steam fan, but by the time I had means to explore and photograph, steam was about just about finished in the United States. My first solo trip far from home was to a new job in Houston after I finished my education. Where could still I find steam along the way?

Trains Magazine regularly documented the sad news of the demise of steam operations throughout the nation. One of the last holdouts was the Moscow, Camden & San Augustine in the east Texas “Piney Woods”, but I remembered reading that not long ago they had bought their first diesel, a GE 44 tonner. The steamers were no longer needed…  (more)

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How I became a lifelong railfan

Glen Brewer

A non railfan father’s influence in the making of a young railway enthusiast.

I think most people become railfans because their father or some other close relative or friend is a fan or works in the railroad business. But my father was not a railfan, and I didn’t know anyone who was or who worked in the business either… (more)

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