Busy times lately – both at work and at home. But I figured it was time for a quick blog post to stir things up a bit and let you all know where things are. First off, you’ll see my work – both photos and writing – in a couple magazines’ March 2012 issues, one of which is the first time I’ve had my writing published in it. Next, I’ve been scanning a few older slides of late, and posted a few for you all to enjoy. And lastly, you’ll be able to see one of my prints at the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show at the Big E in West Springfield, MA this weekend! Read on for all of the details.
OK, we’ll go in order that I mentioned above. First up is a pair of articles of mine that will be seeing print – one large and one small. The small one appears in the March 2012 issue of TRAINS magazine, and leads off their feature on “Funky Freights” where I talk a little about the special shipments made to Electric Boat in Groton by the Providence & Worcester. Appearing with that brief text is a photo I took of the load on its way south past Mill Cove in Ledyard – and the photo isn’t exactly small. Nope, it spans two pages! If you watch the March preview video on the TRAINS site, you’ll see the page with the “FUNKY FREIGHTS” title (click here for the TOC, and click the Look Inside link for Jim Wrinn’s video).
The second, and larger article, appears in the March 2012 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine and is my look at the rebuilding of Valley Railroad’s newest addition to the roster – 2-8-2 No. 3025. The article goes over the rebuilding process, along with a look at what’s in store for No. 97, which was taken out of service at the end of the 2010 season for her FRA mandated rebuild project. This article ended up being 8 pages in length, and has a number of photos I took over the years of all three of the Valley’s locomotives – 40, 97 and 3025.
Next up is the Amherst Railway Society’s annual Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition (also known as the Big E) in West Springfield, MA. The Friends of the Valley Railroad have graciously agreed to display my 3025 print, and distribute literature about how to purchase it (that info can be found here on the blog). Of course, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be donating 20% of each print sale price to the FVRR for their restoration efforts. So if you can, you’ll be helping to support a great cause! And if you’re at the show, you’ll be able to check out the actual print.
Finally, a few slide scans for your visual enjoyment. I’ve been grabbing random slides out of my binders and scanning them in from time to time. Last night was one of those times, and I scanned a few in. Here they are – subject vary from CSX to P&W to Morristown & Erie.
Thanks for looking!