December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New year

A Soldier from the US 11th Engineers guides a British tank as it unloads from a train in October 1917. All unloading was done at night under near blackout conditions except for shielded night lights. 

I have been so busy trying to finish the "Model Railroad Goes to War" book, that I didn't have time to do a Merry Christmas Greeting for my blog readers.  I hope you had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.   The book is almost done.  I hope to get back on the Aquia Line soon.


4 comments:

  1. Bernie,

    So is the lantern, not to mention the darkness of the night itself, all computer wizardry? This photo reminds me a little bit of the mood set by that famous N&W red lantern shot of O. Winston Link. I especially like the faint reddish reflection on the floor of the flatcar beneath his feet.

    Gerard

    Gerard J. Fitzgerald
    Charlottesville, Virginia

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  2. Only her hairdresser knows for sure!

    Yes, it is all trickery. Did you notice the faint glow in the window of the aid station?

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  3. The idea here is to show what the eye thinks it sees at night, not how a camera would record it.

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  4. When you do get a break, maybe check out this 1860s locomotive photograph up for auction on ebay. Judging by the case, its an important engine... but I can't quite identify it. It doesn't quite look like Lincoln's funeral train locomotive... perhaps it's the Virginia?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Very-Rare-1860s-Vintage-RAILROAD-Photo-in-Case-STEAM-LOCOMOTIVE-TRAIN-/161198387965?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25882c32fd

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