East Deerfield Yard, October 12, 2004.

Low Sun at a Hackneyed Location—Nine Years Ago Today.

On the evening of October 12, 2004, I exposed this photograph from the popular ‘waste too much film bridge’ at the west-end of Guilford’s East Deerfield, Massachusetts yard. I’ve made hundreds, if not thousands of images over the years from this spot. I’m not alone.

GRS GP35 high hood 204  East Deerfield Yard 12 Oct 2004 Brian Solomon 898007
I exposed this on Fujichrome with a Nikon F3 fitted with a Nikkor f2.8 24mm lens.

I’d followed a local freight (ED-4?) from the Hoosac Tunnel east on the old Boston & Maine Fitchburg line. This was the locomotive from the local. Having dropped its train in the yard, it has come to the west end and will reverse into the engine house tracks.

The shaft of light of the setting sun made for an opportunity. Rather than make a standard view, I opted for this wide angle image that features the locomotive’s high short -hood. This was one of the railroad’s second-hand GP35s noted for this arrangement. (short/long are used to describe the hood length, while high/low the height, thus the contradictory sounding description).

The low angle of the sun allowed for light across the front of the locomotive, while the rest of the scene is draped in shadow. You can see the shadow of the bridge I’m standing upon in the distance.

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3 comments on “East Deerfield Yard, October 12, 2004.

  1. Markku Pulkkien on said:

    Hello, Brian!
    I remember having stood with you on that bridge back in 2005. As it happened to be late evening, though in summer, this shot brings me back memories.


  2. That’s the shadow-me.

  3. maureen solomon on said:

    I like this picture Brian. Great use of shadows. I think I can even see you on that bridge.

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