Monday, April 30, 2007

SP 4449 Heads North, 1984

SP4449 heads north

SP4449 Heads North, June 1984
I just recently had some super8 movies I shot during the 1980's converted to digital video. This short movie clip was made of the World's Fair Daylight returning to Portland in 1984. My then very young sons and I chased the train north. This video is unpublished and features a full daylight train with McCloud steam, SP, Amtrak and even some BCR Alco action. Since the film was silent, some music from the band Everyday Jones was dubbed in to give it a bit of a Winterail flavor.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Bill Darrough Story

The Bill Darrough Story

The Bill Darrough Story
As shown at Winterail 2007

The photos in this show were taken by Bill Darrough and/or are from the collection of Bill and Jack Darrough. This is an amazing collection of photographs. In a conversation with Bill Darrough's brother Jack in August of 1988 Jack said, "Bill died in 1942, he was 22 years-old. He suffered from severe teenage acne and they had treated it with massive doses of radiation, which at the time was thought harmless. The radiation cleared his acne but Bill died of cancer." According to Jack, he and Bill came from a railroad family. The members of a railroaders family were then given passes and could travel free on the nation's passenger trains. The period that Bill lived in was near the climax of the era of steam railroading in this country. Jack said Bill would pack two suitcases, one with film and the other with sandwiches and the young man would go on trips alone photographing trains. In my opinion had he lived he would have been one of the greatest railroad photographers of the twentieth century. It is an amazing story and so my son Ken and I are trying to tell it.

This 20 minute quicktime seven video breaks my rules for this podcast. Generally, I plan to keep these videos to less than 15 minutes in length. I would like to have as many of these videos as I can short enough to be viewed on a coffee break.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Stacks and Steel at Bealville

Stacks and Steel and Bealville

Stacks and Steel at Bealville
Bealville East 01, April 29, 2006

This 11.5 minute Quicktime Seven video shows a steel and a stack train climbing east out of Bealville, CA last Spring. Hard working BNSF action is captured in this video.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mojave West

Mojave West 01

Mojave West 01, April 30, 2006
This short video shows several trains in and around Mojave, CA last Spring. Both UP and BNSF action is captured in this video.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Santa Fe, 1983, Collier, CA

Santa Fe 1983

Santa Fe, Near Collier, CA, 1983
In the summer of 1983 I borrowed a VHS tape deck and a camera and went out and shot some video. It was the first video I ever shot and the beginning of the end of my film making for about 20 years. After sitting around about 24 years this early tape is in pretty bad shape. But, here is one clip that is barely salvaged. This is the face of railroading not so long ago.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Union Pacific at Bealville

UP train at Bealville

UP Train at Bealville
This was shot on March 24, 2007 from a hill I have been photographing from for probably 30 years. It has great light and I love the way the shadows stretch out in the afternoon behind the train. I especially love the green grass and how it blows in the wind. The clicking sound you hear is the lens cap flapping in the wind. Yes, I learned to secure it better. Listen especially for the birds in this video. They are loving the Spring too!

BNSF at Tunnel Two

BNSF Train at Tunnel 2 Tehachapi

Train approaching Tunnel Two in Tehachapis
I have been coming to the Tehachapi Mountains to photograph trains for many years. This video was shot in a location I have been trying to catch a train in for awhile. It requires just the right light, a train at just the right time and is best this time of year when the hills are green. Saturday evening, March 24, 2007 the timing was right on!

As well as shooting this video, I shot the train on Kodachrome 25 slide film, my last roll of Kodachrome perhaps ever. I edited the video at my room in the Motel 6 in Mojave, CA as other trains rolled by. I asked for, and got, this motel room in their little used wing facing tracks. I even opened the window so you can hear the trains really well. It sounds like they are running right through the room. Too cool! This is my favorite motel in the world!