Re: [HOn3] Re: D&RGW 342
- Yess, thanks Jerry.
Chris Lane wrote:
> THAT is a cool photo of an under appreciated era on the D&RG.
after Jerry Day wrote:
> The following photo shows 342 at Crested Butte on December 31, 1927 with wedge plow 09271, Flanger OK, coach and baggage car. The Crested Butte mixed train included long strings of gons of coal during the week, but on Sunday when the mines were closed, the mixed would often only include the two passenger cars and snow fighting equipment when necessary.[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- --- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, Rick Blanchard <rick@...> wrote:
> Heh. You need one of those super image fixers like they use on TV and
> in films that can take a blurry, fuzzy, dark, and badly lit image
> from a cheap surveillance camera and pull out a face for recognition
> or a license plate number clear as if it was shot at noon in July,
> f32 at 1/4000 sec. :o}
Too much TV...I wish there was something like that. I worked in Hewlett-Packard's digital imaging division before I retired and the engineers wanted to make software to do that but they gave up.
The man who shot the photos worked for the D&RGW when he was young, got out of railroading until he moved to California in the late 30s. Went to work for the Western Pacific and became a top motive power super. He tried to pan the camera with the train as it went by and the shutter speed was just too slow. Was able to ascertain the flanger number (OK) and the number of baggage car, but not sharp enough to use in a publication. Interesting tidbit about the photo, the baggage car was on the end of the train. D&RGW men said sometimes they didn't bother to turn the passenger cars at the end of a run.
- Jerry - Thanks from me also for that photo. Photos that show the context or surroundings of the subject are to me the most valuable whether for modeling or simply historical study. Image quality is not so important in a photo like this since data on the exact appearance of each piece of equipment in the photo is already available to us.
You raise an interesting point about the 1920's and photographic history. I've run into the same issue in researching other railroads and associated industries. It's like the 1920's were a sort of historic blackout time with the exception of subjects of interest to newspaper photographers.
It's interesting to reflect on how various technological changes in image capture as well as cultural changes in the way we use and value images have gone on over the past 300 years. Each stage has a profound effect on the resource material we have to study, understand and reproduce history. I wonder if anybody in recent times has published a book on this subject. It would be a good subject for scholarly work in academia at a number of levels.
--- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, "Jerry Day" <jerry474@...> wrote:
> The 20s are about the least photographed of the D&RGW and RGS. The earlier photographers like Jackson and Beam were gone or retired and the later guys like Kindig, Thode, etc. had not started. Perry took a few but had to ride the trains in those days and mostly shot in the terminals rather than out on the line.
> Jerry Day
- --- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, "Ed" <23.weldon@...> wrote:
>This photo will be the book I will be doing on the Crested Butte branch. Many of the photos in the book were taken by railroad crews using cheap, poor quality cameras, but are all we have. The subject matter in these photos out weighs the quality issues. I have a number of photos of Ingoldsby dump cars at Crested Butte and only one of these cars on the D&RG has been published before.
> Jerry - Thanks from me also for that photo. Photos that show the context or surroundings of the subject are to me the most valuable whether for modeling or simply historical study.
D&RGW crew men did not take a lot of photos as film was expensive, they thought the railroad would be there forever, and they would be kidded by the others if they took too many photos of the trains.
- Does anybody know if there are any D&RGW 5900 series stock car bodies still around? Was just thinking about it would be nice to have a restored example of this car to examine or even see operate. I suppose I'm not the only one to have this thought?
- Yes. There is one being restored in Antonito, CO. by the Friend of the C&TS. Intentions are to return it to operation. I don't know the overall timeframe, but these things take time, and I'd guess it will be a couple more years till it's completed.
Hope this helps.
--- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" <bobemmett@...> wrote:
> Does anybody know if there are any D&RGW 5900 series stock car bodies still around? Was just thinking about it would be nice to have a restored example of this car to examine or even see operate. I suppose I'm not the only one to have this thought?
> Bob Emmett
- I wonder what the average construction time was on the original stock cars.
Yes. There is one being restored in Antonito, CO. by the Friend of the
C&TS. Intentions are to return it to operation. I don't know the overall
timeframe, but these things take time, and I'd guess it will be a couple
more years till it's completed.
- On 05/06/2013 12:09 PM, David Barron wrote:
> I wonder what the average construction time was on the original stock cars.I believe the Narrow Gauge Pictorial covering D&RGW box cars reproduces an
> Yes. There is one being restored in Antonito, CO. by the Friend of the
> C&TS. Intentions are to return it to operation. I don't know the overall
> timeframe, but these things take time, and I'd guess it will be a couple
> more years till it's completed.
account of a competitive car rebuilding that took place during the 1920s rebuild
of the 3000 series cars. That should give a fair minimum time, made under good
Yes there are a few that have been located in farmers fields in the past few
years. AS the other guys have noted, the Friends are restoring one in
Antonito. We have the photos of it as is for a Quick Pic Book. Dan Pyzel of
the Friends IIRC is the guy who was lucky enough to shovel out decades of
cow manure from the inside of the car once it was in Antonito.
When speaking to Vic Stone who is the de facto expert on D&RGW Stock Cars
about the cars, he brought up the point that the biggest challenge to them
today was that as far as he knew there was only a single original door. So
we got pictures of it as well for the book.
It differs from the door on the 5500-5849 series 30' stock cars in that the
door is divided in half for the 5900's instead of thirds for the outer
wooden chevron braces that is the way they are on the 5500 cars.
Hope this helps and keep watching for the book. It will be announced here
and on all the other scale/road correct yahoo groups when it comes out. It
is getting close to the top of the list to produce.