- Trolling through my slide archives the other day I came across a series of images made back in August 1996.Back then, I was working at my desk at Pentrex Publishing in Waukesha, Wisconsin when Doug Riddell and his family walked into the office. At that stage, Doug was our columnist for Passenger Train Journal, and I’d been working with him for two years, but this was my first time meeting him face to face. We all enjoyed a memorable meeting.It’s important to have a camera at the ready. I exposed this series of Fujichrome slides with my Nikon F3T with an external Vivitar flash.
- I especially like the photos of Doug with his son Ryan. Back then Doug was an Amtrak Engineer; today he is retired, but his son carries on the family tradition.Two weeks ago, it was Ryan’s birthday, and so Doug, Pat Yough and I, made a point of photographing Ryan working Amtrak’s Silver Star, train 92. (see: Tracking the Light Special Post: Happy Birthday Ryan Riddell!)
- I think the photos here help put Ryan’s Birthday post in better context! Happy Father’s Day to Doug! And to all the fathers and sons working for the railroad!
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