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!
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!