The Map Must Have Been Upside Down

Continuing with my 1984 night photography highlights, I always remember this next adventure. I joined up with Dan Pluta for a weekend railfan trip to southeastern Ohio.

We had no definite destination, just pot luck. We ended up in the Buffalo, New York, area. To this day I can’t explain how we ended up there.

The map had to be upside down. However with our strange mistake, I ended up with probably my favorite and one of my best night photos.

On the night of July 28,1984, we caught Arcade & Attica 4-6-0 No. 14 simmering at the engine house at Arcade in preparation for its weekend trips.

The steamer had been built by Baldwin in 1917 for the Escanaba & Lake Superior.

The A&A acquired it in 1963. I always remember Dan shining a flashlight beam into the headlight to make it appear it was on.

I also enjoy seeing the stars in the clear sky appear as streaks due to the Earth’s rotation.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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