A tree stands atop a rocky crest overlooking the valley as the warm light of an overcast sun illuminates the scene. Road signs for Route 19 and 460 point right. A barb wire fence separates the viewer from the tree.
Former Burlington Northern locomotive sits idle at Larry's Truck & Electric.
Central of New Jersey #727, Winslow Junction, NJ
A streamliner carrying the paint scheme of the New Jersey Central railroad, a fallen flag.
Lehigh Valley #576, Tuckahoe, New Jersey
Lehigh Valley #576 part of the collection of the Southern Railroad of New Jersey. Red and black paint scheme of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The black diamond represents its main commodity, coal.
New York Ontario & Western #728, Winslow Junction, NJ
Burlington Route #9913. Miami, Florida
Burlington #9913. Miami, Florida part of the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Seaboard Air Line #4033, Miami, Florida
Seaboard Air Line #4033, Miami, Florida part of the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Florida East Coast #1594, Miami, Florida
Florida East Coast #1594, Miami, Florida part of the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
New York Central #4097, Duanesberg, New York
EMD E8 Class Locomotive sits on display in upstate New York. Streamliners like these were crucial to the transition from steam to diesel electric power for American railroads in the 1940s and 1950s.
Erie #833, Port Jervis, New York
Erie #833 sits on on a turntable as the sun sits low on the horizon. An E8 class locomotive built by General Motor's electro motive divison, ditch lights were added to this locomotive to meet FRA regulations for operation on main line railroad tracks.
Pennsylvania Railroad #5809, Spencer, North Carolina
Bennett Levin's famous twin E Unit locomotives Nos. 5809 and 5711 are restored to operate on main line railroad. One is seen here at the Streamliners at Spencer event at the North Carolina Museum of Transportation.
Lorain & West Virginia #101, Wellington, Ohio
The L&WV was part of the Wabash system of railroads and served north-east-central Ohio. It is currently operating as a tourist railroad.
Burlington Route #9911A, Spencer, North Carolina
Burlington Route #9911A, Spencer, North Carolina during the Streamliners at Spencer event
Southern Railway (Unnumbered), Ironton, Alabama
E Class Locomotive placed in parking lot of shopping center with wooden platform constructed next to it. Railroad crossing signs flank the locomotive. Large At Home department store in background.
MTA #2021, Westchester Medical Center, New York
This FL-9 Class locomotive is derived from the F Series units and was modified to operate using both third rail and diesel electric power. This allowed it to operate within New York City's electrified lines as well as points beyond.
Nickel Plate Road #83 A, Railway Museum of Indiana
The Nickel Plate Railroad did not operate F Class locomotives. This unit was painted as it might have been if they had.
Chesapeake & Ohio #8016, Spencer, North Carolina
Chesapeake & Ohio F Unit at North Carolina Museum of Transportation at Spencer
New York Central #4083, URHS, Boonton, New Jersey
This locomotive carries the Century Green paint of the New York Central Railroad as well as the cigar band logo. It is part of the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey.
Chicago Great Western #116-A, Oelwein, Iowa
Chicago Great Western #116-A, at Oelwein, Iowa outside the Hub City Heritage Corporation Railway
South Dakota Central #103C, 1880s Town, Midland, South Dakota
I have an ongoing series called Fallen Flags.
It's a document of Streamlined locomotives scattered all over the country. Some are in museums, others are in parking lots, this one found its resting place at 1880's Town near Murdo, South Dakota.
I had mapped out where these are located along the route to Wyoming. I had been planning to photograph this particular locomotive for over a year. The day I planned to arrive here was late in the day -- to catch light on the nose. My day began early with photography across SouthDakota of Railroad Landscapes -- grain silos, small towns, lone trees against the vast expanse of the Great Plains. I felt the day was pretty fruitful so far -- but as I began my final approach to photograph this locomotive, I encountered some nasty weather. Driving along I-90 the sky darkened dramatically and everything was near pitch-black as rain came down in buckets and traffic on the interstate decreased to a snail's pace. I was resigned to my fate.
As I got nearer to my destination, the sky was still very dark and rain continued to fall. I began working with the medium format camera and suddenly the sky began to break apart in the West, where the sun was falling. I saw an opportunity and as the rain stopped I grabbed my 8x10 and placed the camera in-front of the locomotive. I shot one sheet out of fear : having traveled this far from New York I didn't want to leave here without something -- even if it's not perfect. So I waited longer but time was running out. After praying to St. Ansel and the Gods of Photography, the sky cleared and this is what unfolded in front of me. The sculptural quality of these locomotives in context of their surroundings is what interests me.
Milwaukee Road #101-A, Cresco, Iowa
Milwaukee Road F Unit on static display at a park in Iowa
Burlington Norther BN-1, Illinois Railway Museum
This Burlington Northern unit (along with its sister unit on the right) was used by the railroad to pull special excursions and executive trains across the system's route from Chicago to the West Coast.
Milwaukee Road 36A, Deer Lodge, Montana
This locomotive operated over the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. It is an E9A Class locomotive manufactured by General Motors' Electro Motive Division.
West Virginia Central #92, Belington, West Virginia
West Virginia Central Streamlined Locomotive has seen better days. It sits on the sidelines awaiting restoration. This is a former E8 Class Locomotive from General Electric's Electro Motive Division.
Penn Central #4321, Bellevue, Ohio
This Streamlined Locomotive is part of a railroad museum in Bellevue, Ohio. The Norfolk Southern Locomotive is changing crews in the background, its heritage paint scheme represents the Nickel Plate Road, a railroad that no longer exists.