The old steam train moves along the river like a ghost straight out of the past on this reenactment excursion. It pulls a mix of vintage freight cars to complete the effect of stepping out of a time machine into 1910.
The day of the shoot was typical January with cold and overcast, but those things worked in my favor to shoot a steam locomotive in action. Despite having to be outside in it all day, fifteen degrees made conditions just right to get a lot of smoke and steam, a dramatic 120 feet of it in this image, and the cold enhanced every shot all day! Sometimes bright and sunny isn't what you want.
The place is the narrows coming out of Cumberland MD on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, just before the long uphill climb through the high scenic mountains to Frostburg MD, sixteen miles away. You too can ride this train; see their website and schedule at www.wmsr.com.
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