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.


  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 J. Fitzgerald
    Charlottesville, Virginia

  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?

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

  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?