Cuernavaca, Mexico, December 1979

Logo of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Logo of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On Christmas Day 1979, I flew from New York’s Kennedy Airport to Mexico City on an Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-1011 Tristar. At Mexico City airport I met my uncle and we spent a week wandering around. Among our adventures was a visit to Cuernavaca where I met an elderly survivor of San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire. My uncle and I rode National Railways of Mexico local train from Cuernavaca to Iguala behind an imported General Motors G16 diesel-electric. The fare was 8 pesos each—not much money, even in 1979! Throughout these wanderings I made good use of my Leica IIIA and Summitar lens. I exposed black & white and color slide film with mixed results. Despite some dodgy exposures (my light meter wasn’t the greatest) and considering I was only 13 at the time, I managed to take some memorable images.

Railway Station Mexico
An early morning view of National Railways of Mexico’s Cuernavaca station where I recall chickens running around on the tracks—just like in Conrail’s Palmer Yard!
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