Streamliner Details, Spencer—TRACKING THE LIGHT SPECIAL POST

Morning Views, May 28, 2014—North Carolina Transportation Museum.

With more than two dozen classic locomotives to photograph, and lots of other relics of interest, I exposed more than 300 image with the Lumix LX-7 in just three hours. In addition, I was also working with my Canons, one for film, one for pixels.

Here are just some of detailed views I exposed with the Lumix. These are macro images, as opposed to wide shots that take in the whole scene. (And, yes, I made plenty of those too.)

General Motors classic FT—'the diesel that did it'.
General Motors classic FT—’the diesel that did it’.
Atlantic Coast Line E3A. Exposed with a Lumix LX-7
Atlantic Coast Line E3A. Exposed with a Lumix LX-7
Alco PA builder's plate. Is this the real thing or a replica?
Alco PA builder’s plate. Is this the real thing or a replica?
It's not all about the locomotives, this fine old passenger car caught my eye.
It’s not all about the locomotives, this fine old passenger car caught my eye.
A bit of work on a Reading FP7A. My dad caught these on the 'Crusader' back in the day.
A bit of work on a Reading FP7A. My dad caught these on the ‘Crusader’ back in the day.
Southern Railway: visions of yesterday and today. Spencer Shops was a Southern facility.
Southern Railway: visions of yesterday and today. Spencer Shops was a Southern facility.

The light was mixed. Nice soft early sun soon gave way to a hazy flat bright light. I’m glad I brought my old Minolta IV light meter, this proved very useful.

The ease of use of the Lumix LX-7 made it an especially valuable too. Today I was working with the electronic view finder, instead of the rear screen display. I wonder if this altered my compositions?

Wabash 1009. What's in a number? (When 1009 =10,000.)
Wabash 1009. What’s in a number? (When 1,009 =10,000.)
Drumhead on the Sandy Creek round-end observation car.
Drumhead on the Sandy Creek round-end observation car.
Erie Railroad E8A 833—last of its kind.
Erie Railroad E8A 833—last of its kind.
Nose view of General Motors FT 103. I'd argue that this was probably the most significant locomotive in the 20th Century. Read about it in my American Diesel Locomotive and EMD Locomotives. Books on the history of American diesels.
Nose view of General Motors FT 103. I’d argue that this was probably the most significant locomotive in the 20th Century. Read about it in my American Diesel Locomotive and EMD Locomotives. Books on the history of American diesels.
Could this be 1956?
Could this be 1956?

I was very impressed by the paint on the Lackawanna F3’s, even if they were built for the Bangor & Aroostook, What are your favorite locomotives on display at Spencer?

One of three DL&W painted F-units on display.
One of three DL&W painted F-units on display.
Washing Pennsylvania Railroad E8A 5711 at Spencer. Perhaps someone else should fling some mud and grime to make things seem more authentic?
Washing Pennsylvania Railroad E8A 5711 at Spencer. Perhaps someone else should fling some mud and grime to make things seem more authentic?

More Spencer Streamliner photos to come over the next few days!

Tracking the Light posts new material every day, with special ‘Extra’ posts on the Streamliners at Spencer event this week!

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