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Jim Shaughnessy in the October 2018 Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society

 

Cover of the October 2018 Irish Railway Record Society Journal, photo by Mike K. Belshaw, IRRS collection.

The October 2018 Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society features my obituary to American photographer and author Jim Shaughnessy who passed away in August this year.

I paid tribute to Jim and his work, both in America and Ireland, while also explaining how I helped Jim publish his photography in the Journal. Jim was always delighted to be represented in this Irish publication.

A thumbnail view of my tribute to Jim Shaughnessy in the October 2018 Journal.
The Journal did an excellent job of reproducing my portrait of Jim holding his last book ‘Essential Witness’, which features some his finest North American photography. Using a Nikon F3 with 50mm lens, I exposed this view on 35mm black & white film during a visit last December.

The Journal is published thrice annually and I’ve been contributing material for nearly 18 years.

To learn more about the Irish Railway Record Society see: http://irishrailarchives.ie

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Brian Solomon Slide Presentation: General Motors Diesel-Electric Locomotives in North America.

On Monday, 8 October 2018 at 8pm (20.00), I’ll be giving a slide presentation to the Irish Railway Record Society in Cork on General Motors Diesel-Electric Locomotives in North America.

The talk will be held at the Bru Columbanus Meeting Rooms in Wilton, Cork City.

Conrail SD40-2s work as helpers on a loaded coal train at Mineral Point, Pennsylvania in October 1992. Exposed on Kodachrome 25 colour slide film.

I will show a wide variety of colour slides detailing General Motors Electro-Motive Division diesels at work.

This will cover numerous models on many different railroads, and feature some of my most dramatic locomotive photography.

Vintage EMD six-motor diesels lead New England Central 611 at Millers Falls, Massachusetts in 15 November 2017. Exposed on Fujichrome Provia 100F using a Canon EOS 3.

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Views from the Train: Irish Scenery; trains, tracks, cows and snow . . . no wait, What?

Below are a selection of views I made from last weekend’s Irish Railway Record Society 071 Anniversary tour.

In earlier posts, I’ve covered other elements of this excellent railway trip across Ireland on 9-10 April 2016.

All photos were exposed digitally from the train’s windows.

Enjoy!

Irish Rail's Inchicore works as photographed on Saturday morning. This view offers a great cross section of active and stored General Motors diesel locomotives. Note the old 201s still in orange paint. Will they every run again? FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
Irish Rail’s Inchicore works as photographed on Saturday morning. This view offers a great cross section of active and stored General Motors diesel locomotives. Note the old 201s still in orange paint. Will they every run again? FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
Cows in rural Co. Tipperary as view along the Nenagh Branch on Saturday.
Cows in rural Co. Tipperary as view along the Nenagh Branch on Saturday.
Approach Cloughjordan on the Nenagh Branch.
Approaching Cloughjordan on the Nenagh Branch.
Stormy weather viewed from the Nenagh Branch.
Stormy weather viewed from the Nenagh Branch.
Fixed semaphore near Birdhill, on the Nenagh Branch.
Fixed semaphore near Birdhill, on the Nenagh Branch.
Irish Rail's Limerick shed.
Irish Rail’s Limerick shed.

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Irish Rail 076 at Limerick. This engine will take our train to Cork and Kerry.
Irish Rail 076 at Limerick. This engine will take our train to Cork and Kerry.
Sunset near Killarney dropping down the Bower.
Sunset near Killarney dropping down the Bower.
Killarney County Kerry.
Killarney, County Kerry.
On the Sunday morning run from Tralee to Killarney, approaching Farranfore. It was cold and beginning to snow.
On the Sunday morning run from Tralee to Killarney, approaching Farranfore. It was cold and beginning to snow.
Climbing the Bower out of Killarney. There was some snow to be seen. And this was April. For real.
Climbing the Bower out of Killarney. There was some snow to be seen. And this was April. For real.

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Limerick Junction cross the Cork line at grade. There's a Dublin to Cork Mark4 set heading down road.
Limerick Junction cross the Cork line at grade. Note the  Dublin to Cork Mark4 set heading down road.
Approaching Tipperary town, one of the few places were semaphores survive.
Approaching Tipperary town, one of the few places where semaphores survive.
View near Clonmel, County Tipperary.
View near Clonmel, County Tipperary.
Waterford West on the way toward Kilkenny. Semaphores remain here too! Long may they last.
Waterford West on the way toward Kilkenny. Semaphores remain here too! Long may they last.
Old 2700 railcars stored at Inchicore. Old. Hmm, I seem to recall these cars being delivered 'new'. Hmm.
Old 2700 railcars stored at Inchicore. Old. Hmm, I seem to recall these cars being delivered ‘new’. Hmm.
One of kind livery; Irish Rail 216 in a green primer at Inchicore as seen from the train.
One of kind livery; Irish Rail 216 in a green primer at Inchicore (as seen from the train).
Irish Rail 227 in the new Enterprise at Connolly shed.
Irish Rail 227 in the new Enterprise livery at Connolly shed.

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Irish Destinations: Stations visited during Irish Railway Record Society’s 071 Tour—20 New Photos.

Irish Railway Record Society’s ‘071 class two-day 40th anniversary railtour‘ covered a lot of ground in just two days.

The trip represented a mastery of coordination; special to thanks to everyone at Irish Railway Record Society, Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, and Irish Rail!

This a selection of 20 new images I made with my Lumix LX7. (I’m still down-loading the photos made with my FujiFilm X-T1).

The train was comprised of Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's Cravens, seen here at Dublin's Connolly Station. Lumix LX7 photo.
The train was comprised of Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s Cravens, seen here at Dublin’s Connolly Station. Lumix LX7 photo.

We started and finished at Dublin’s Connolly Station, running to Ballybrophy (with train continuing ‘empty carriages’ to Lisduff sidings to change direction, then via the Nenagh Branch to Limerick.

Limerick to Cork, Cork back to Mallow, then to Killarney for an overnight stay. In the morning to Tralee (my visit there since I bought a digital camera!) then back to Kilarney.

Back via Mallow to Limerick Junction, then down my favorite line to Waterford via Carrick-on-Suir. From Waterford to Killkenny and via Cherryville Junction back up to Dublin.

There were lots of intermediate photographic stops along the way.

Engine 083 brought us from Dublin to Limerick via Nenagh. Viewed in a rare moment of sun at Connolly Station in Dublin.
Engine 083 brought us from Dublin to Limerick via Nenagh. Viewed in a rare moment of sun at Connolly Station in Dublin.

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In the bay at Ballybrophy.
In the bay at Ballybrophy.
Change of locos at Limerick; here 076 took over.
Change of locos at Limerick; here 076 took over.
083 at Limerick under the train shed.
083 at Limerick under the train shed.

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Ken Fox at the throttle after arriving in Cork.
Ken Fox at the throttle after arriving in Cork.

 

Kent Station in Cork features an unusual curved train shed, which I've featured in my recent book Railway Depots, Stations and Terminals (published by Voyageur Press).
Kent Station in Cork features an unusual curved train shed, which I’ve featured in my recent book Railway Depots, Stations and Terminals (published by Voyageur Press).
Amoung our numerous photo stops included a brief visit to Rathmore on the line from Mallow to Killarney.
Amoung our numerous photo stops included a brief visit to Rathmore on the line from Mallow to Killarney.
A wink of sun on arrival in Killarney. It wasn't so nice the following morning.
A wink of sun on arrival in Killarney. It wasn’t so nice the following morning.
Killarney town is a popular tourist destination. I made this view on a wander after checking in to the hotel.
Killarney town is a popular tourist destination. I made this view on a wander after checking in to the hotel.
Sunday morning in Killarney was cold and dark; but atmospheric. I made some of my most memorable images, if not the sunniest.
Sunday morning in Killarney was cold and dark; but atmospheric. I made some of my most memorable images, if not the sunniest.
Cold rain greeted us at Farranfore. It has been 18 years and some months since I first visited this classic Irish station. I wouldn't expect that 076 in gray paint has been here very often. Except for rail tours and the infrequent per way train, the Kerry Road is a locomotive free zone.
Cold rain greeted us at Farranfore. It has been 18 years and some months since I first visited this classic Irish station. I wouldn’t expect that 076 in gray paint has been here very often. Except for rail tours and the infrequent per way train, the Kerry Road is a locomotive free zone.
Is that an authentic Irish spelling for 'Tralee'. I noted no less than three variations on official signage.
Is that an authentic Irish spelling for ‘Tralee’? I noted no less than three variations on official signage.
This was a bit of a shock; tracks lifted in front of the old cabin at Tralee. I remember sitting up in the cabin chatting with the signalman back in the late 1990s.
This was a bit of a shock; tracks lifted in front of the old cabin at Tralee. I remember sitting up in the cabin chatting with the signalman back in the late 1990s.
Palisade fencing in the old good yard complicated photography. Thankfully my Lumix LX7 is very thin.
Palisade fencing in the old goods yard complicated photography at Tralee. Thankfully my Lumix LX7 is very thin.
Another change of engine at Waterford. Here 077 took over from 076. A view across the Suir toward the old Viking town.
Another change of engine at Waterford. Here 077 took over from 076. A view across the Suir toward the old Viking town.
A plaque to William Dargan at Carlow on the Kilkenny to Cherryville line.
A plaque to William Dargan at Carlow on the Kilkenny to Cherryville line.
Local folks were bemused by the disgorging of passengers at Athy and frantic efforts to make photos in the 7 minutes allowed for the stop.
Local folks were bemused by the disgorging of passengers at Athy and frantic efforts to make photos in the 7 minutes allowed for the stop. (engine 079 took over at Kilkenny).

I’ll be posting more photos from the popular trip soon!

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REJECTED! Irish Rail Out-takes.

Tonight, 10 March 2016, I will present an illustrated program “One Year on Irish Railways; Looking back Ten Years” to the Irish Railway Record Society in Dublin.

What will I show?

I sifted through thousands of my Irish Rail slides looking for images that fit my arbitrary qualification; exposed in Ireland during 2006.

After locating more than 500 slides that fit the bill, I then honed the selection to something manageable.

Ultimately, this meant I needed to reject more photos than I included.

Here are five views that I exposed in 2006, that will not be appearing tonight.

I hope no one will be disappointed.

Cherryville Junction. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Cherryville Junction. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Claremorris. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Claremorris. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Manulla Junction. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Manulla Junction. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Steam leaking from a Cravens set at Claremorris. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Steam leaking from a Cravens set at Claremorris. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Mixed pair works the Ballina Branch train at Ballina. Exposed on Fujichrome.
Mixed pair works the Ballina Branch train at Ballina. Exposed on Ektachrome.

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Irish Railways 2006; Brian’s Talk in Two Weeks! Details Below.

In just two weeks time; on 10 March 2016, I Will Present to the Dublin branch of the Irish Railway Record Society a feature length illustrated talk on Irish railways as they were ten years ago; the year 2006.

Irish Rail General Motors Bo-Bo diesels at Claremorris, County Mayo. Exposed on Fujichrome Film.
Irish Rail General Motors Bo-Bo diesels at Claremorris, County Mayo. Exposed on Fujichrome Film.
Irish Rail 168 works the weedspraying train at Ardrahan on the Athenry-Ennis line.
Irish Rail 168 works the weedspraying train at Ardrahan on the Athenry-Ennis line.
Irish Rail 168 leads the Weedspraying Train at Enniscorthy on the Dublin Southeastern route.
Irish Rail 168 leads the Weedspraying Train at Enniscorthy on the Dublin Southeastern route.

This will feature some of my best photography from 2006 and will include a variety of images from around Ireland

My talk will begin at 7:30 pm at the IRRS Dublin premises near Heuston Station.

2700-series diesel railcars work the Kerry Road near Rathmore in May 2006.
2700-series diesel railcars work the Kerry Road near Rathmore in May 2006.

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Sun Scorched Irish Extravaganza—Part 2

More views of Irish Railway Record Society Trip to County Cork, 20 July 2013.

There’s a long history of special trains with unusual locomotives, rare events, or otherwise noteworthy occurrences of railway operations that have encouraged railway photography.

Saturday’s trip to Cork and Midleton was no exception. (see yesterday’s post).

Among the photographic events was the rare locomotive hauled consist on Cobh and Midleton Branches. The Cobh branch has been exclusively a railcar operation since the mid-2000s, while the Midleton line has only seen railcar operation since its reopening a few years ago.

 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Our train pauses at Templemore for photographers on the morning of 20 July 2013. Canon EOS 7D photo. A strategically placed bit of greenery adds depth to the image. (And, yes, I have photos without it).
Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Fans snap freshly painted 071 class leader at Templemore on 20 July 2013. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Enjoying the spin.
Enjoying the spin.

In time-honoured tradition, at every photo stop, photographers rushed to snap images of the train. Occasionally, an individual entranced by the fresh paint on locomotive 071 or fascinated by some other peculiarity of operation or equipment, would wander haplessly in front of a line of eager photographers. Shouts of ‘Hey!’ ‘Oy!’, ‘Down in front!’ and the like would ensue.

Especially amusing was when a particularly oblivious passenger or passerby would drift with their backs to the anxious photo line (time is precious on these outings as only a few minutes are allowed at each stop), and proceed to linger staring in wonder at the train. In such cases a diplomat would be elected to negotiate a solution.

 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
‘Down in front!’
 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
RPSI staff make necessary arrangements with Irish Rail staff at Kent Station Cork.

A Cobh, I was queried by a German woman as to why so many people were photographing the train. It didn’t appear in the slightest bit unusual to her. Significance is in the eye of the observer. I explained that, ‘locomotives were never operated on this line, and the locomotive that brought the train down was in fresh paint, and that the train had carried the photographers for this purpose.’ She seemed satisfied with that.

While I made plenty of images of the train, 071 and 073 and etc, I also focused on the people. From my experience, images of people surrounding the train tend to be more interesting than the train, and tend to have greater value in the end.

 

 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Photographs provide clues to memories that may last a lifetime. Someday everyone and everything maybe gone, yet we can remember the thrill of the day as a result of pictures. At Cobh, two young lads get their image made with the driver of locomotive 071. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Kent Station Cork;
Kevin, a tracking the Light follower, proudly displays his model of Irish Rail’s 071 in the new livery.

 

 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Photographers vie for positon at Kent Station Cork.
 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Aiming for the best angle at Midleton on 20 July 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.
Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Staff water the train at Kent Station, Cork. Lumix LX3 photo.

 

RPSI staff servicing the train at Cork. Lumix LX3 photo.
RPSI staff servicing the train at Cork. Lumix LX3 photo.
 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Not everyone is bothered to get every photo. Some prefer to relax and enjoy the journey. Lumix LX3 photo.
 Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Irish Rail employee (and Railway Preservation Society Ireland member) Kevin Walker enjoyed the view from a Cravens window on the Irish Railway Record Society’s outing.
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Irish Rail staff conducted the trip professionally and efficiently, keeping to schedule despite abnormally complex arrangements necessary for the trip.

 

Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
Driver Ken Fox on 071 at Cork.
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Driver Ken Fox greets passengers after arrival at Heuston Station. Lumix LX3 photo.

 

Irish Railway Record Society special, 20 July 2013.
At the end of the day, Heuston, Station. Lumix LX3.

For more photos see yesterday’s post.

More to come tomorrow!

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