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Great Railroad Photography 2010 - Features

Carstens Publication's Great Railroad Photography is 100 pages packed with fascinating railroad images from yesterday and today! Top photographers have contributed exciting railroading essays that cross the boundaries of photographic style and expression. Here's a preview of what to expect...

Trackside Observances by Howard Ande

Trackside Observances by Howard Ande

We’re all fascinated with railroading for different reasons. Perhaps we were born into a railroading family. Maybe we grew up in a house by the tracks and have just become enamored with the passing trains, as seen through the eyes of impressionable youth. Maybe there is no concrete explanation. As with so many hobbies, they are simply based on an interest that somehow becomes a passion. Sometimes this passion leads to a career in the industry. For others it stays a hobby. There are many reasons why we are drawn trackside in the first place. For a good many of us, our time along the tracks is spent with a camera in hand. What keeps us coming back? In a word, drama. A fascinating industry that toils in the great theater of the outdoors breeds the possibility of drama. You can never predict with failsafe accuracy when the manmade creation that is railroading will interact with the happenstance nature of the great outdoors to create a spectacular scene. That is part of the allure of the hobby...

 

Nevada Northern by Steve Crise

Nevada Northern by Steve Crise

In the mid 1990’s I began to explore the world of stock photography as a means to expand my photography business. Producing images for stock usage usually meant that the image had to have a general but not too abstract connection to the subject matter’s intended market. In reviewing the images then generally available in stock catalogs, I found there to be a lack of quality railroad photos. Constantly creating successfully commercial images is like any other profession, you have to keep in practice and you have to develop new techniques and skills. One avenue that I have developed that allows me to experiment with new ideas is the Nevada Northern Railroad. Every winter for the last three years I have wandered the vast acreage and structures of the East Ely rail yards in search of new opportunities. I am free to explore the area without concerns of deadlines or time constraints. In this environment I have a chance to work with railroad subject matter at my own pace and without the pressure of the client. I can spend a few minutes on a particular subject, or a few hours...

 

Under the Wires by Karl Zimmerman

Under the Wires by Karl Zimmerman

In 1969, the railroad world was so diverse, so rich in interest, that I gave the Milwaukee Road’s electrification just a passing glance when I first encountered it. That summer, my wife, Laurel, and I were driving west in our Volkswagon Beetle from New Jersey, headed ultimately for Vancouver Island, where a few steam locomotives still served the timber industry. Stopping in Three Forks, Montana, I spotted one of the unique “Little Joes”—the sleek locomotives with the curious history and clever nickname that defined the late-era electrification on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific—lurking behind a sign at the depot touting Three Forks as the “Gateway to Yellowstone National Park.” The “Joe” was leading a lash-up of diesels, a common practice in the final years of the electrification — which, sadly, it already was. We followed this train on our way west, but it received short shrift as the lure of steam pulled ­us expeditiously to the coast. Nonetheless, I was smitten, for sure, and I knew I’d return to the Milwaukee Road electrification—not the following summer, as it turned out, when we prowled through France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal with Eurailpasses, searching out pockets of steam survivors, but the next, and again in 1973...

 

Railroading's Dark Side by Keith Burgess

Railroading's Dark Side by Keith Burgess

For years I wondered what my style was, I even worried that I didn’t have one and chaos reigned — that I was lost, taking typical meaningless pictures. I recall looking through countless slides trying to analyze what drove me as a photographer. Reviewing my work there were obvious traits that stood out; I slowly started to realize that I had a different way of perceiving the world. It didn’t matter if I was photographing railroads, abandon buildings, forgotten cars or empty service stations along the highway—the images became more about the emotional mood triggered within me than about the subject matter depicted. For me, a photograph without feeling falls flat—it has no resonance. However, when an image does have a certain emotional charge, the photograph becomes something else; it becomes integrated into our lives and has a soul of its own. To me the emotion and mood of a photograph gives it meaning beyond simple aesthetics; to me emotion and mood in a railroad photograph makes it about something beyond the trains...

 

Searching For Chico by Elrond Lawrence

Searching For Chico by Elrond Lawrence

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway has been gone for 14 years, and with each passing day the reminders of that era slip away. Red and silver “Warbonnet” diesels—the most visible symbol of a railroad that thrived for over 125 years—are fading from the Los Angeles-to-Chicago mainline they once ruled. If a Warbonnet isn’t pink and gray by now, it’s likely been repainted into the orange and black of successor BNSF. Of those that still look good, many have scattered across the vast BNSF system...

 

Steel Against the Sky by Kevin Scanlon

Steel Against the Sky by Kevin Scanlon

II had always considered it fortunate to be living in Pittsburgh as a railroad photographer. When I started taking photos in the early 1970’s I discovered a huge variety of subjects all within a two-hour drive of home: Sand Patch, Horseshoe Curve and the Allegheny Mountains, the Western Maryland Railway, the Baltimore & Ohio’s Mountain Sub in West Virginia, the Erie Lackawanna, the colorful little Pittsburgh & Shawmut, the Monongahela Railroad using Baldwin switchers and Sharknoses... Every weekend was a trip to one of these spots with some buddies and four rolls of Kodachrome...

 

The Northeast Corridor by Scott Lothes

The Northeast Corridor by Scott Lothes

My introduction to the Northeast Corridor came after nearly two years of living in Japan, where my wife and I did not own a car. We rode local passenger trains to go shopping and to meet friends for dinner, and I commuted some 500 miles every week by express train. At the station where I disembarked for work, over 300 trains passed daily. Waiting there one evening for my ride home, an overnight express bound for Tokyo roared past the platform at track speed. I imagined an Acela train racing south out of Boston...

 

The Quick Service Route by Ron Flanary

The Quick Service Route by Ron Flanary

If you take a look at giant CSX Transportation’s map, you’ll see a rather strategic link that runs north-south through the heart of central Appalachia—western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia. To the current generation of railroaders, the combined 277 mile segments include one from Elkhorn City, Kentucky to Erwin, Tennessee known as the Kingsport Subdivision, plus the line south of there to Spartanburg, South Carolina, designated the Blue Ridge Subdivision. But, to those who have sufficient seniority to recall big 4-6-6-4s on fruit blocks (often doubleheaded with Mikes), matched sets of gray and yellow F-units urging full tonnage coal trains along heavy steel perched high on granite ballast, or black sided SDs working the mines along the Freemont Branch — this will always be “Clinchfield Country.” The blue and gray-flanked CSX high horsepower hoods that fleet the ceaseless caravan of coal trains and manifests through this striking setting today are engrossing—but not nearly so as the days of allure and sovereignty — when it was the Clinchfield...

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