Working on a Steam Train

Getting a brief glimpse inside the cab of Everett Railroad No. 11.

Getting a brief glimpse inside the cab of Everett Railroad No. 11.

I make it a point when I’m chasing a steam train to try to photograph the crew at work. It isn’t always easy when the train is moving, so your best opportunities are during service stops or switching maneuvers.

Here is a selection of images I made last month while chasing Everett Railroad No. 11 during a holiday-themed excursion out of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

The theme of this series is railroaders at work.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

A firm grip on the throttle from the engineer's seat.

A firm grip on the throttle from the engineer’s seat.

Keeping track of the pressure on the fireman's side.

Keeping track of the pressure on the fireman’s side.

Backing out over a switch before moving forward to join the rest of the train.

Backing out over a switch before moving forward to join the rest of the train.

Locomotive and passenger car are almost coupled together as a crew member gives hand signals.

Locomotive and passenger car are almost coupled together as a crew member gives hand signals.

Keeping a watchful eye on the moving parts.

Keeping a watchful eye on the moving parts.

When backing up, the visibility is better if you sit on the window ledge on the fireman's side.

When backing up, the visibility is better if you sit on the window ledge on the fireman’s side.

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4 Responses to “Working on a Steam Train”

  1. Bob Says:

    Too rarely have I tried to capture the crew and/or volunteers who help make railfanning possible. These images are a good reminder that it is both people and machine together which allow us our trips down memory lane.
    Bob

  2. Stephen Lane Says:

    That’s myself sitting on the ledge of the window sill. It’s been quite the opportunity to be the regular fireman for the Everett Railroad Co. The best college job anyone with interest could ask for.

  3. Jonathan Caswell Says:

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    BEEN HERE–DID THAT–ON A MUCH SMALLER SCALE! THAT LAST PIC SHOWING THE ENGINEER SITTING ON THE SIDE WINDOW LEDGE BRINGS BACK MEMORIES!

  4. Jonathan Caswell Says:

    ‘sCUSE ME..IN MY REBLOG I SHOULD HAVE SAID “FIREMAN’S SIDE”…THEY LET ME BE THE ENGINEER…GOING BACK AND FORTH ON A SIDING! 🙂

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