Steam Power

Engine #40 New Hope and Ivyland Railroad

Engine #40 New Hope and Ivyland Railroad

On a visit to New Jersey a week ago, I took a short visit with a friend to New Hope, PA on the Delaware River just north of Philadelphia.  New Hope is a very artsy and historic little town, very close to Washington’s Crossing Park.  While there I occasionally heard the steam whistle of a train and after a short walk found the station of the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad.  Just as we arrived at the station a steam engine was backing up to couple up to a group of vintage passenger cars.  I chuckled to myself because in Cleveland just a few weeks ago, many of my friends spent a day chasing a steam engine that was passing through the area and battling crowds of anxious fans and photographers to get some great photos!  Here I was, coming across a steam engine that runs daily and giving me photo ops without the mobs of people to try to eliminate from my images!

As Engine #40, restored to service in 1991, prepared to leave the station on one of it’s many daily excursions into the Bucks County, PA countryside, I scurried to the opposite side of the track to get some unobstructed photos.  The two shots posted here are taken as the train passed by within just a few feet of me.  Close enough that I felt the steam on my shoes and pant legs as it passed by!

Steam Engine #40 details in passing

Steam Engine #40 details in passing

I felt extremely fortunate to have just come across this great shooting opportunity!  I converted the original color images to black and white for a more vintage look.  I really prefer black and white photography but in this age of digital photography, don’t often think of or specifically shoot for the black and white look.  The next time I get back to New Jersey, I’ll probably make an effort to get back to New Hope, PA for more of these shots and perhaps even a ride on the New Hope and Ivyland!

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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9 Responses to Steam Power

  1. Dave Brooks says:

    Some terrific photos Kolman! Great detail!!

    Dave

  2. msmisty62 says:

    Fun, fun, fun and great photos.

  3. msmisty62 says:

    Yep it sure wasn’t it?

  4. Patricia, Wellington Ohio says:

    Two fantastic photographs…The black & white version is exactly right for this type of photograph. I know what you mean about trying to take photographs with a crowd of people around. It makes things a lot more difficult. That is if you don’t want to photograph people also :~) Thank your for your post and sharing.

  5. Erik says:

    Wow Kolman! Such an amazing opportunity to shoot this steam engine, and how you happened to stumble across it. Your photos are Stunning. Fantastic Job.

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