Special Photo, Special Moment

May this new year be as special to you as this photo is to me.

The evening of Aug. 22, 1975, Mike Ondecker and I were given permission to visit Hallet Dock Company in Duluth, Minnesota, to photograph the Lake Superior Railroad Museum’s Alco HH-1000 that was being used by Hallet.

The morning of the 23rd came and it was a grubby, cloudy day. We arrived, and I took slides that at best were acceptable if turned into black and white.

Then it started to rain. It kept on raining till around 5 p.m. Mike noticed that there was sunshine coming through the motel room’s drapes.

He looked out and wanted to go. I thought it was a fool’s errand. What were the chances everything would be just right for a great photo?

Finally, I gave in. As you can see, I was blessed with this photo of Oliver Iron Mining 900 in perfect light.

Let’s hope 2021 was like that morning and 2022 turns out like that afternoon.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

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