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Wow Dena, you had some very good vantage points, and made optimal use of them. The first is great and really shows the size and might of the Big Boy, the third with the bridge as a frame and the reflection is also very good. Thanks for sharing!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2019 at 09:06
The sepia shot is fantastic with no modern constructions to detract from the image. I see from the third picture that you also have those grey lineside boxes that are invariably located badly for photography.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2019 at 09:29
@Phil Wood - thank you for posting this ancient Steam engine.
Still large parts constructed in wood without a cabin for the driver. That means probably an engine from the start-period of the steam-trains. The image combined with the shed gives it an authentic look.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2019 at 17:11
Thank you fro posting these nice photos of Big Boy 4014, Dena!   I really like the compression you have on the first. Must be quite a long focal length. The framing using the bridge is very nice. As Alan said, too bad that track-side box (I think its an electrical/signal cabinet) is in the photo. Historic photos. No Big Boy has ever been in that part of the world!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2019 at 19:45
Phil,

Thant is a very nice Vintage Steam Engine! It looks like it would be one of the earliest made, maybe a Stephenson? is it operational? I'd like to have seen what the sign said. I'd guess Do Not Pass this point. Is the photo cropped?

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Pieter,

Thanks for sharing the photos of that pretty little tank engine on the turntable. Love the clean paint and polished brass! Also really like the second one showing the crew hand cranking the turntable! Railroaders at work always adds a lot to a train photo!

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Originally posted by minolta_mutley minolta_mutley wrote:

@Phil Wood - thank you for posting this ancient Steam engine.
Still large parts constructed in wood without a cabin for the driver. That means probably an engine from the start-period of the steam-trains. The image combined with the shed gives it an authentic look.


Originally posted by AudioDoc AudioDoc wrote:

Phil,

Thant is a very nice Vintage Steam Engine! It looks like it would be one of the earliest made, maybe a Stephenson? is it operational? I'd like to have seen what the sign said. I'd guess Do Not Pass this point. Is the photo cropped?

Kind regards,

Kelly


Hi Ivo, Kelly, its a 2005 replica of Fire Fly designed by Daniel Gooch (an ex-Stephenson apprentice) for the Great Western Railway in 1840. Following this another 61 Fire Fly class engines were built by several companies.

It runs on steam days (not on the day I visited), I'm not sure how far but the broad gauge track is not long.

The sign says GWR Engines must not pass this point - which is nonsensical in it's modern location! The engine is poking out of a shed that replicates sheds built to shelter passengers transferring to and from broad gauge and standard gauge trains at stations where the two systems met, the sign may have had relevance in such a shed once upon a time.

The photo is an HDR merge in an attempt to get detail into the part inside the shed. It is, of course, cropped square (one of my self-imposed targets for Oktoberfest) - here it is 2x3 (showing why I was happy to crop the sign):



And from another angle:



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2019 at 05:21
Originally posted by AudioDoc AudioDoc wrote:

Thank you fro posting these nice photos of Big Boy 4014, Dena!   I really like the compression you have on the first. Must be quite a long focal length. The framing using the bridge is very nice. As Alan said, too bad that track-side box (I think its an electrical/signal cabinet) is in the photo. Historic photos. No Big Boy has ever been in that part of the world!


Thanks, yes used my 80-200mm Minolta for these, at the shorter end, on a77ii, so pretty long. I hate that cabinet, but not sure about getting it out. I did clone out a human wearing a red shirt standing next to it and lots of people in the long photo, none of the authorized to be standing where they were, no doubt. Lots of enthusiasm for this in Arkansas this week. I've seen some nice photos made of it. Many of the local photographers I know took time to do it. Many others showed up to see it and some took horrible chances, getting too close to the tracks. In this photo, you can see the engineer pointing, wanting them to move away. I was at the closest safe distance and many were between me and the track and on it and close on the other side. This is cropped quite a lot.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2019 at 05:34
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Wow Dena, you had some very good vantage points, and made optimal use of them. The first is great and really shows the size and might of the Big Boy, the third with the bridge as a frame and the reflection is also very good. Thanks for sharing!


Thanks. I was the first to arrive at the crossing (first photo), so got a good spot. I choose that crossing because of minimal extra junk in the view. Train was running late, so I stood there about 3 hours and in that time, at least 100 other people showed up. Train passed and stopped a short distance away in the town for only 15 minutes or so. I had to hurry to get to the other side of the river in time to get the last 2 photos as it started up again. People were standing with cameras on the bridge and traffic tied up. I had maybe 3 minutes to spare until I made these last 2.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2019 at 17:05
Dena, you experience was typical of railroad photography. There is almost always a lot of waiting, so much patience is a requirement. Those people that were in unsafe places are what Railroaders call "Foamers" in other words, crazy railfans!
Last year a woman was killed by UP steam engine 844 (I think in Colorado) because she was standing too close to the track taking a video with her cell phone.

Rarely does everything come together at once in Railroad photography, good light, a beautiful scenic backdrop and no other distractions i.e. people, cars, etc. You did a nice job of capturing Big Boy 4014 under those circumstances.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2019 at 18:30
Thanks, it was a fun experience, even with being scared someone was going to get killed. Foamers...   Two freights went through the crossing before Big Boy. One older handicapped man was so close to the first one, I thought he was going to get hit. I could not look his way anymore. The gal letting a 3 year old boy play on the tracks, even as we could hear the horn.. the crowd was screaming at her. Speaking of which, Big Boy has a horn like I've not heard before, a low deep tone.
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Engineer Ed Dickens locks eyes with our group of photographers as UP 4014 rumbles by with a resulting steam bath! Salt Lake City 1 Oct. 2019

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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2019 at 17:00
Dena, believe it or not that is a steam whistle! And yes, it it very unique. Much different that other multi-tone steam whistles. Deeper in pitch. And very loud! Early American steam engines had single tone whistles which Western European steam engine have almost always used. For anyone interested, find a YouTube video of Big Boy 4014 and you can get an idea of the sound.

By the way, Ed Dickens in my photo is Senior Manager of Union Pacific Steam Operations. He oversaw the restoration of 4014.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2019 at 00:01
That's a great photo showing the massive size! I was a bit disappointed we did not get more steam. I had a towel to throw over my tripod but did not need it.
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