Reading & Northern 425 on the old Central Railroad of New Jersey.

Call it: Blue Pacific—Part 2.

Every so often you get a day where everything seems to come together.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 was one of those days.

Thanks to the Reading & Northern and their crews for running an impressive train; thanks to Pat Yough for getting us where we all needed to be to photograph the action; thanks to FujiFilm for producing a great little camera; and thanks to Autumn 2015 for great weather and fine foliage.

All I did was release the shutter.

Hooray!

Reading & Northern 4-6-2 425 makes an impressive scene near Haucks, Pennsylvania on October 17, 2015.  This was part of the old Central Railroad of New Jersey route on the line toward Jim Thorpe, PA.
Rods down: Reading & Northern 4-6-2 425 makes an impressive scene near Haucks, Pennsylvania on October 17, 2015. This was part of the old Central Railroad of New Jersey route on the line toward Jim Thorpe, PA.

Historically, a key to successful steam locomotive photos was leaving ample space above the locomotive for the exhaust plume. Imagine this same composition with a diesel.

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