I recently acquired a collection of approximately 8000 railroad slides, mostly Kodachromes, spanning the late 1960′s to sometime in the 1990′s; these were taken by a longtime friend, Peter McGilligan, upon his passing in October, 2012. After giving it some thought, we bought a Pacific Image PowerSlide 5000, and am now scanning 100 slides at [...]
After years of lust I finally sought out my very own signal. I wanted a dwarf signal – usually used in junctions and yard where clearances are minimal – because, well, let’s face it. I can put a small one in the house, and not need a crane and concrete to stand it up. So [...]
The sun’s been up for awhile, and it’s hot enough for March – but we’re enjoying the parade of eastbounds passing through the small interchange yard at Cadiz, California along BNSF’s Needles Sub. While I never got to see the “real” Santa Fe in action, it was good enough for me to watch trains follow [...]
A bird (hey, I’m a railfan, not an ornithologist!) is perched atop a telegraph pole, while a BNSF crew gives a quick blast of the horn to the signal maintainers standing by in their trucks, as we hear the squeal of 85-foot flatcars hustling Schneider and Hunt trailers to their west coast destination.
In a bit of self promotion, I’m happy to share that two of my photos placed in the Center for Railroad Photography and Art‘s 2012 photography contest. This is my fourth year participating the CRPA contest and I’m happy to place amongst such a talented group of photographers, especially considering the theme of this year’s [...]
I often get the question “Do you have model trains, too?” Well, sorta. I did as a kid, and I’ll focus on that for today. When I was in fourth grade, we bought a house in Allentown, Pa. After about a year, my Dad showed up with a 4×8 of plywood, which was the beginning [...]
Over the last several years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work on a few photography assignments with Norfolk Southern‘s Corporate Communications department. Through the assistance and encouragement of many great folks there, each photo shoot has produced better and better results. Another noteworthy aspect of this work is that longtime friend Lou Capwell has been [...]
A couple of weeks ago, Lou Capwell and I spent the weekend with our friend Peter to help him resurrect his HO Model Railroad. While I was in high school (mid-90′s) I did all of the electrical work & control panel for the layout, and was faced with having to recall what the hell I [...]