From time to time I’ll get people asking me why I shoot what they consider to be mundane photos. By mundane, I mean trains that have run on the same schedule forever, or even pieces of railroad equipment that have been static for literally decades. Well, in most cases, especially with regards to railroading subjects, things can change in the blink of an eye, and that attitude of “oh, it’s been there forever, I’ll get it another day” suddenly turns to “oh, shit, I can’t believe I missed it!” Last Thursday (6/25/09) a nearly 4 decade fixture can no longer be photographed the way it has been for nearly all my life.
Well, as you can tell, something that has been around forever has changed. Down in Essex, CT at the Valley Railroad, that little 2-6-2 steamer that guarded the entrance (#103) all these years has been moved to the Railroad Museum of New England. Yep, shots like this one below are now impossible.
She sat there for 38 years, and now the HT&W plow is sitting in her place at the entrance to Essex Station. For more info on the actual move, here’s the story on the Naugy’s blog, along with photos of her moving from Essex to Waterville. Sure, the 103 will live on at the Naugy, enjoying their hospitality and TLC, but you’ll never be able to shoot it at the entrance to Essex Station again.
Just another example of shoot it today, it may be gone tomorrow. Words I live by…
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