The driving cylinder is a crucial component of a reciprocating locomotive, yet the inside of this equipment is rarely pictured.
The other day, Richard Gruber organized a tour of locomotive 1385, a former Chicago & Northwestern class R-1 4-6-0—an old Alco steam locomotive that is undergoing a thorough restoration in Wisconsin.
Working with my Lumix LX7, I made a selection of digital images depicting the engine’s running gear and cylinders.
Placing the camera inside the fireman’s-side driving cylinder, I exposed this view as Scott Lothes—Director of the Center of Photography and Art in Madison—peered into the other end.
I was delighted with the photo, as was Scott.
So, does this photo-abstraction of 1385’s cylinder qualify as art? I only make the images. What do you think?
This image is a tribute to my late friend John Gruber, who organized it on more levels than we have space to describe here.
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