Steam and Snow! Mid-Continent Railway Museum—February 18, 1996.

The heat of the summer is a nice time to reflect on a photograph that benefitted from a frosty day.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s ‘Snow Train’ was an annual event that made the most of the weather and the equipment.

Back in 1996, Dick Gruber and I spent two very productive days photographing the event.

Saginaw Timber number 2 arrives at  the station in North Freedom, Wisconsin on February 18, 1996.
Saginaw Timber number 2 arrives at the station in North Freedom, Wisconsin on February 18, 1996. Steam locomotives are most dramatic in icy weather.

I exposed this morning arrival of Saginaw Timber number 2 at North Freedom, Wisconsin using my Nikon F3T with 200mm lens and Kodachrome 25 slide film.

By taking the prism off the top of the camera (one of the great features of the Nikon F3 design) I was able to hold the camera close to the ground for a more dramatic angle. The caveat was that I had to compose the image in reverse.

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