Looking back at Rochester; or CSX K644 with DM&E SD40-2s in the Shadow of Kodak.

On August 21, 2010, some friends and I caught this loaded CSX ethanol train symbol K644 working eastward past the Amtrak station at Rochester. In the distance is the old Kodak tower.

On August 21, 2010, CSX K644 rolls through Rochester, New York on the former New York Central mainline. Exposed digitally with a Canon EOS 7D.
On August 21, 2010, CSX K644 rolls through Rochester, New York on the former New York Central mainline. Exposed digitally with a Canon EOS 7D.

This scene, exposed less than five years ago is now completely changed:

Amtrak is preparing for construction of its new Rochester Station.

Last week, my friend Otto Vondrak sent current images from Rochester of the old New York Central era canopies being dismantled; the classic cast iron ‘Rochester’ sign having been removed for safekeeping.

At the time I made this digital photo, I also exposed a single frame of Ektachrome slide film. It was my last roll of Ektachrome, and my last frame in the camera, and it seemed doubly apropos; to make my last Kodak slide in Rochester, and of a pair of Iowa, Chicago & Eastern/Dakota, Minnesota & eastern locomotives painted in colors remarkably similar to those use on the old Ektachrome film boxes.

I’m holding back that slide for future publication.

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