Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania Railroad E units’

Stored in Harrisburg

December 27, 2020

These Penn Central E7s were still in their Pennsylvania Railroad or New York Central paint schemes when I encountered them stored in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 1969.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

The Fort Pitt Still Looked Good late in the PRR Era

March 4, 2015


It is most likely an afternoon in late 1967 and Pennsylvania Railroad Nos. 4293 and 4255 head a westbound Fort Pitt through Canton west of WANDLE Tower.

There are four baggage cars and four passenger cars in the train. Even at this late time in PRR’s passenger service, this train looked good.

Very likely it was nearing Thanksgiving or Christmas because it was not unusual to find one baggage car and two passenger cars making up the consist.

On the right side of the image there is a railroad pole line of telegraph wires. Yes, the wires cast shadows, but that was part of railroading’s history at the time.

Thankfully, the major shadow on the building wasn’t on the locomotives.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas

It’s Not a Perfect Image, But it’s History

February 25, 2015


Here is another “it doesn’t have to be perfect image.” Pennsylvania Railroad No. 4309 heads the afternoon westbound Fort Pitt through Massillon, Ohio, in what looks like late 1967 or early 1968.

The original negative was very underexposed, making it nearly transparent and hard to get detail and decent contrast. By using Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop Elements, it was savable.

As for the composition of the image, I took it a fraction of a second early and put the pole through the last car.

I could either pitch the image or realize that not every image that I took was perfect. Instead, I chose to look at it in a new way.

First, it captures a part of passenger train history.

Second, it shows the railroad bridge in the background and the Massillon of back then. Instead of cropping more tightly, I included the Massillon road bridge and part of Massillon that has changed since then. I especially like the big CHEVY sign.

Third, for a cold and grubby winter day, this isn’t bad at all.

As for the pole, that was my fault. The whole image is far more important than something I can’t go back and change.

With those thoughts in mind, now I can be thankful I have this instead of unhappy because of its flaws.

Article and Photograph by Robert Farkas