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Amtrak E60 603—Then and Now.

I am in the process of preparing a book about Amtrak’s rolling stock.

Over the last few weeks I’ve poured over hundreds of color slides exposed from the 1970s until the mid 2010s.

Among them was this view of Amtrak GE-built E60 number 603 leading a New York City bound long distance train on the North East Corridor at Linden, New Jersey on August 1, 1986. I exposed this on Kodachrome using a Leica 3A attached to a Visoflex with Leitz 200mm Telyt telephoto lens.

This locomotive is significant because it was preserved at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, just a few miles from where Kris and I live. We drive by it all the time.

The other evening we paused outside the museum, and I exposed a few digital photos of the old electric using my Nikon Z6.

Amtrak E60 number 603 at Linden, New Jersey on August 1, 1986.
Amtrak 603 catches the evening light at Strasburg, Pa.

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Newark—Penn Station, Holiday Wonderland-1988.

I was working with Ektachrome du Jour in my Leica M2. I think this was EPP (ISO 100), which was provided to me by Kodak as a sample when I was studying photography at the Rochester Institute of Photography.

My pal TSH and I were photographing the North East Corridor over the 1988 winter holidays. During a stop over at Newark—Penn Station, I made this festive photo.

Notice the Solari board showing that Amtrak’s Broadway Limited was running 50 minutes late. Can’t take that train today!

Kodak Ektachrome from December 1988.
Enlarged section of the above photo.

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For today’s Tracking the Light, I was looking for a photo I made on June 27, 1983 at Secaucus.

Instead, I found this photo at Secaucus, exposed nearly 32 years later.

In the interval, Secaucus had been completely transformed.

It was a hazy summer morning on June 26, 2015, when I exposed this view of a New Jersey Transit train on the former Erie using my first Lumix LX7. I had traveled on this train from Suffern. The engine is at the back of a push-pull set.

The photo I was looking for was of a former PRR GG1 crossing over the Erie. This one is more technically competent, if not as interesting. I’ll need to find my old Kodachrome slide.

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Reflections at Raritan—10 years ago.

Sometimes the last photo of the day, is the best photo of the day.

Photographer Pat Yough and I were on our way back from the Philadelphia area on February 26, 2012. We stopped briefly at Raritan, New Jersey along NJ Transit’s former Central Railroad of New Jersey main line.

I made this reflection of an Alstom-built PL42AC with my old Lumix LX3.

This photo is scaled directly from the camera-RAW file using Lightroom.

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Hudson-Bergen Light Rail on Film

On January 13, 2015, Jack May and I explored NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system to make photographs.

Fujichrome slide scanned using a Nikon Coolscan 5000 scanner.

I made this view on Fujichrome Provia100F using my Canon EOS 3 with a 40mm pancake lens—a winning combination for contemporary Transit photos with historical format continuity. (A fancy way of saying, I exposed photos of streetcars on film back in the day, and I still do!).

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