Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Photo and a Great Rolling Ribbon!

Tracking the Light: a Train in Maine.

For me this one image of the Bangor & Aroostook really conveys the spirit of a railroad in motion and captures the lay of the land of coastal Maine.

What makes a great railroad photo? It has to be more than just a picture of an interesting train.

Brandon Delaney was driving his Toyota sports car and I was leaning out the window with my Leica as we paced the northward Searsport Turn. I made this image as we passed a grade crossing at Prospect, Maine.

Exposed on August 5, 1986 on Kodachrome color slide film.
Exposed on August 5, 1986 on Kodachrome color slide film.

The great rolling ribbon of Highway 174 is one of several visual threads that helps tie the photo together and makes for added interest. The electric poles and grade crossing signals are cool elements too.

This isn’t just a railroad photo of a GP9 on the move, but an image showing a train in motion crossing a distinctive landscape.

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