Tag Archives: Amherst Railway Society

My ‘culls’ from the 2019 Amherst Railway Society Hobby Show.


Extras and Outtakes

So what do I do with the extra photographs? You know, the images good enough to expose and edit, but not good enough to make my first, second or third presentations?

I exhibit them here! Hooray!

Sometimes we can learn from the outtakes.

Any favorites?

Tracking the Light Posts Daily!

Telephoto Views: Amherst Show January 2019.


This is part 3 in my series on photos of the January 2019 Amherst Railway Society BIG Railroad Hobby Show.

Previous views were exposed using my Lumix LX7 (see: http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/2019/01/27/2019-big-railroad-show-a-dozen-more-photos/) but these photos were made using my FujFilm XT1 fitted with a 90mm f2.0 telephoto lens.

The combination of a long focal length lens, with close focus and very wide aperture allows for a shallow depth of field. This technique enabled me to highlight select subjects in the image area while allowing potentially distracting elements to blend into a sea of blur.

Tracking the Light Posts Daily!

Amherst Railway Society BIG Railroad Hobby Show—2019 Part 1.

Yesterday, Saturday January 26, 2019, I attended the annual Amherst Railway Society BIG Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

This was an opportunity to connect with old friends, watch small trains run in circles, collect ephemera and old pictures and make lots of new photos.

Here’s a few from my ‘new’ Lumix LX7! More to come soon!

Bus glint!


Tracking the Light Posts Every Day!

Conrail Slide Show Wednesday January 9, 2019.

Conrail Office Car Special at Boston in November 1987.

Tomorrow Wednesday January 9, 2019, at 730pm, I’ll be presenting a slide show on Conrail to the Amherst Railway Society in Palmer, Massachusetts.

Amherst Railway Society meetings are open to the public.

The program will feature some of my finest vintage slides; Kodachrome and otherwise.

Conrail NHSE at Chester, Massachusetts.

Westward Conrail MBSE ‘The Queen’ approaching the Pioneer Valley Railroad diamond in Westfield, Massachusetts—a scene much changed today.

Amherst Railway Society’s Clubhouse is located in the old Palmer Grange building on South Main Street near the intersection with Route 32, a stone’s throw from the old Tennyville Bridge over CSX’s former Conrail—Boston & Albany—mainline.

See Amherst Railway Society’s page for details:

http://www.amherstrail.org/ARS/meeting-Jan2019.php

http://www.amherstrail.org/ARS/meeting-Jan2019.php

Tracking the Light posts Every Day!

Tracking the Light Extra: Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show at West Springfield—27 January 2017.

Yesterday I spent the day visiting friends and trying to take in the enormity of the annual Railroad Hobby Show at West Springfield, Massachusetts.

This is a selection of views from my Lumix LX7. More photos tomorrow!

Tracking the Light Posts Everyday!


Massachusetts Model Mania: The BIG SHOW, West Springfield—Wide Angle Views.

You can’t take it all in! Four big buildings full of models, photos, artifacts, old timetables, books, and of course lots of friends!

The show is on today too!

I made hundreds of images. This selection was exposed with my FujiFilm X-T1 with 12mm Zeiss Touit Lens.

This super wide angle view provides an unusual perspective. It allows for great depth of field, but also some distortion.

More to come!

Big Show_DSCF0411

Slice of Light Photography.
Slice of Light Photography.

Big Show_DSCF0424

Big Show_DSCF0427

Big Show_DSCF0428

Milk cars and Milk trains.
Milk cars and Milk trains.

Big Show_DSCF0439

Otto Vondrak.
Otto Vondrak.

Big Show_DSCF0450

Big Show_DSCF0451

Lots and lots of models.
Lots and lots of models.

Lotsa HO. That's 'Aich O'.
Lotsa HO. That’s ‘Aich O’.

Hey look, a BUS. (Call security!). Hey, we have standards you know.
Hey look, a BUS. (Call security!). Hey, we have standards you know.

Big Show_DSCF0465Big Show_DSCF0460Big Show_DSCF0466

Rich Reed found a rare copy of Robert W. Jones' Boston & Albany book. (I wrote the epilog).
Rich Reed found a rare copy of Robert W. Jones’ Boston & Albany book. (I wrote the epilog).

Big Show_DSCF0478Big Show_DSCF0484Big Show_DSCF0486Big Show_panaramic_DSCF0487Big Show_DSCF0488

Chester & Becket. A railroad I can really approve of. Very Well Done!
Chester & Becket. A railroad I can really approve of. Very Well Done!

Chester & Becket.
Chester & Becket.

Chester & Becket.
Chester & Becket.

Ron's Books had a bunch of my latest efforts. Get your's before they sell out.
Ron’s Books had a bunch of my latest efforts. Get your’s before they sell out.

Big_Show_sunset_DSCF0505
At the end of the day . . .

Mike and Hal_HDSCF0503Big Show_DSCF0499

At the end of the day . . .
At the end of the day . . .

Tracking the Light: Extra Post—Big Train Show photos.

Today, January 24, 2015 was the first day of the annual Amherst Railway Society Big Railroad Hobby Show, or as Mike Gardner likes to call it, ‘The Big Shoe.’

Snow in the morning resulted in a quieter that usual day. I arrived about noon and had ample opportunity to breeze through all four buildings and meet with friends.

Below is a sampling of images. Were you at The Big Shoe? Maybe you are in one of the photos!

Amherst_Show_B&M_GP40_317_P1130639

The Big Railroad Hobby Show fills four buildings at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Big Railroad Hobby Show fills four buildings at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Lots of locomotives to look at.
Lots of locomotives to look at.

Amherst_Show_Lionel_P1130600

Amherst_Show_Oxford_Junction_Press_P1130583

Amherst_Show_PRR_Great_Northern_E7_P1130574

Amherst_Show_narrow_gauge_P1130611

Amherst_Show_VRS_P1130645Amherst_Show_The_General_P1130573

Amherst_Show_GE_Hybrid_P1130571Amherst_Show_Kevin_Ed_Doug_P1130622Amherst_Show_Dan_P1130588Amherst_Show_Dave_C_P1130593Amherst_Show_PRR_SD45_P1130568

Slice of Light Photography.
Slice of Light Photography.

Otto Vondrak.
Otto Vondrak.

Springfield Union Station.
Springfield Union Station.

Amherst_Show_B&M_GP40_317_P1130642

Tracking the Light posts new material every morning.

Please share Tracking the Light!

http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/

Amherst Railway Society’s Big Railroad Hobby Show part 2

More Photos from January 25, 2014.

Amherst Railway Society‘s Big Railroad Hobby Show show is pure sensory overload. Everywhere you look there’s something or someone that seizes your interest. An old friend, an F-unit, a trolley buzzing underwire, video of a steam locomotive, the sounds of trains.

NS_high_hood_GP38s_at_xing_IMG_4129Rio_Grande_244T_IMG_4088

Paul Carver
Paul Carver.

Pioneer Valley Railroad's Dave Swirk.
Pioneer Valley Railroad‘s Dave Swirk.

Dan Howard with the Seashore Trolley Museum.
Dan Howard with the Seashore Trolley Museum.

Wait, what? A vintage fishbowl bus? At the TRAIN show?!
Wait, what? A vintage fishbowl bus? At the TRAIN show?!

Caboose and a vision of Pennsylvania's Martin Creek Viaduct in the distance.
Caboose and a vision of Pennsylvania’s Martin Creek Viaduct in the distance.

Lens-master George C. Corey.
Lens-master George C. Corey.

Highway_layout_IMG_4109

NMRA promoter.
NMRA promoter.

Railroad Museum of New England's Bill Sample.
Railroad Museum of New England‘s Bill Sample.

CSX_GP15-1_IMG_4120

Quabog Valley Modelers.
Quaboag Valley Railroaders of East Brookfield.

Boston & Albany Hudson on the Quaboag Valley Railroader's layout.
Boston & Albany Hudson on the Quaboag Valley Railroader‘s layout.

American_Flyer_IMG_4101 4-4-0_w_soldiers_IMG_4123

 

I exposed several hundred photos in a few hours, but after a while my mind began to numb. Railways of all kinds in all directions.

I guess it was a good show!

Click here for part 1.

 

Tracking the Light posts new material every morning.

Please spread the word and share Tracking the Light with anyone who may enjoy seeing it!

http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight

Enhanced by Zemanta

Amherst Railway Society’s Big Railroad Hobby Show—Part 1

West Springfield, Massachusetts, January 25, 2014.

NYC_F_unit_IMG_4092

This past weekend (January 25-26, 2014) was the annual Big Railroad Hobby Show sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society.

It fills four buildings at the Eastern States Exposition grounds at West Springfield, Massachusetts and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

For railway enthusiasts it’s an epic event and an annual pilgrimage. The show is the living testimony of the late Bob Buck—long time show director and proprietor of Tucker’s Hobbies.

Through clever marketing, unceasing persistence and a life-long passion for trains of all scales, Bob built the show from a small railroad hobby event into a massive one.

This weekend’s show was another well-attended event. It was a virtual sea of trains and people. Here are a few photos of people I met at this year’s show and exhibits that I enjoyed.

Conrail_SD80MACs_IMG_4124

Otto Vondrak of Railfan & Railroad Magazine.
Otto Vondrak of Railfan & Railroad Magazine.

Scarlett promotes Palmer's premier railroad restaurant, the ever-popular Steaming Tender (located at the old Union Station).
Scarlett promotes Palmer’s premier railroad restaurant, the ever-popular Steaming Tender (located at the old Union Station).

 

Quabog Valley's Boston & Albany J-2 Pacific.
Quabog Valley’s Boston & Albany J-2 Pacific.

Jim_Beagle_and_company_P1600194

Berkshire Scenic.
Berkshire Scenic.

Model Station.
Model Station.

Phil and Rich.
Phil and Rich.

Rich Reed's Penn Central display.
Rich Reed’s Penn Central display.

Tucker's Hobbies of Warren, Massachusetts.
Tucker’s Hobbies of Warren, Massachusetts.

Did you attend? What was your favorite exhibit?

Stay tuned for more photos tomorrow!

Tracking the Light posts new material every morning.

Please spread the word and share Tracking the Light with anyone who may enjoy seeing it!

http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight

Enhanced by Zemanta

Amherst Railway Society’s Big Railroad Hobby Show; January 26, 2013

Amtrak_822_1_IMG_0512 3

This weekend (January 26-27, 2013) is the annual Big Railroad Hobby Show sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society. It fills four buildings at the Eastern States Exposition grounds at West Springfield, Massachusetts and attracts tens of thousands of visitors. For railway enthusiasts it’s an epic event and an annual pilgrimage. The show is the living testimony of the late Bob Buck—long time show director and proprietor of Tucker’s Hobbies. Through clever marketing, unceasing persistence and a life-long passion for trains of all scales, Bob built the show from a small railroad hobby event into a massive one. Although Bob passed away in October 2011, the show remains one of his legacies. Last year the society honored Bob with a minute of silence before the show opened; I’m told  you could hear a pin drop across the exposition grounds.

Rich Reed proudly displays  a Bob Buck pin.
Rich Reed proudly displays a Bob Buck pin.

My interest in the show is a direct result of my friendship with Bob. Not only was he one of my most enthusiastic supporters, encouraging my photography from a very young age and promoting my work (and later my books), but also he urged me to photograph the show, sometimes commissioning me to make both publicity and documentary images.

EL_2557_IMG_0501 2

For the photographer the show is a visually intense and challenging image making opportunity. Thanks to Bob I’d been photographing the show for more than 30 years. In my younger days I’d fumble through the day and churn through 6-8 rolls of 35mm black & white film, and then try to find a half dozen useable images.  While digital photography is a godsend, it hasn’t got that much easier. What’s the difficulty? Thousands of people are packed into the grounds all jostling for views of layouts, while haggling over boxcar kits, rummaging through back issues of magazines and regaling one another with tales of the year’s events. At every step you are confronted with someone bumping you, standing in your way, or thrusting an elbow into your lens. Garish and harsh artificial lighting makes for odd contrast and peculiar color balance while inserting unwanted highlights all over the place. The disparity of scale between the spectators and railway models presents a depth of field nightmare. For the casual viewer the show is pure sensory overload. For the photographer it’s chaos.

Yet, I always bring my cameras. These days I primarily aim to make photos of my friends, my heroes, and the model trains that catch my eye. It’s a complete contrast from my efforts working with ‘prototype’ trains. Yet, when photographing scale trains, I apply many of the same techniques that I use for the larger ones. Here’s just a sampling of today’s efforts.

Highball_Productions_IMG_0465 3
Highball Productions

CNR_2-6-0_IMG_0402 5 CNR_Pacific_IMG_0400 5 Crescent_Limited_IMG_0504 3 Dan_Howard_IMG_0487 2 Emmet_w-ATSF_F_unit_IMG_0476 1 NYC_Alco_PAs_IMG_0405 4 NYC_Caboose_IMG_0483 4 NYC_caboose_w_Martins_Creek_viaduct_IMG_0487 3

Slice_of_Light_IMG_0457 4
Slice of Light photography

Steaming_Tender_IMG_0444 2
Promoting the Steaming Tender; the region’s favorite railway themed restaurant (located in the old Palmer, Massachusetts Union Station).

Tuckers_IMG_0479 1
Tucker’s Hobbies.

Chester&Becket_IMG_0430 4

Brian's_Book_IMG_0481 3
My North American Locomotives is dedicated to Robert A. Buck.

 

Reviewing Bob Buck's work in North American Locomotives.
Reviewing Bob Buck’s work in North American Locomotives.

 

Master photographer George C. Corey.
Master photographer George C. Corey.

B&O_E6A_IMG_0490 1 Bill_Sample_IMG_0470 4

 

American_Flyer_PAs_for_Sale_IMG_0407 1