Photo Opportunities on the Nevada Northern Railway
The kids are barely back in school and we have had our first frost. The railroad is now turning its thoughts to winter. This winter there are four opportunities to photograph the Nevada Northern Railway. The four shoots are different in scope; in other words, we are offering something for everyone.
The first opportunity is scheduled for November 10-14. The event is the Industrial Heritage Photographic Workshop put on by Gordon Osmundson and the Nevada Northern Railway. This three plus day event will focus on using large format cameras and composing photos. Photographers will be able to roam the rail yard and have access to the many buildings that make up the National Historic District. The museum will also steam up locomotive 93 and position the locomotive through out the yard. Scenes will be staged at the water plug, the coaling tower, the enginehouse, and the depot. Number 93 will also hook up to a vintage ore train and head out on the line. More details on this event are available here.
Then on the morning of December 4th and the afternoon of December 5th the museum is having its Winter Photo Freight. The coordinators of this shoot are John West and Gordon Osmundson, award-winning photographers. The idea here is to take advantage of the fact that we are running the Polar Express Trains in the afternoon and we already have locomotive 93 steamed up. This will let photographers take advantage of an opportunity of being able to photograph steam in the winter. We will be running photo freights with a night photo shoot, too. We will be using our antique equipment, which we will hook up to 93. Included in the collection are boxcars, ore cars, and ballast cars with a caboose to create a freight train from the 20's and 30's. Some of the equipment is fragile enough, where we will do runby's only in the yard. Saturday evening there will be a night photo shoot at the enginehouse.
The combination of two photo freights and three passenger trains should provide a lot of opportunities for watching and photographing steam. And the cool weather will ensure dramatic steam effects. The freights will depart East Ely at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. The plan is for one freight to operate to Keystone, the other up the Hiline to Adverse, but specifics will depend on the weather to maximize the best photo opportunities. The Polar Expresses will depart at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Steam locomotive 93 will pull all trains. The night photo shoot will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the enginehouse. The cost to participate in the photo shoot is twenty-five dollars for one day or forty dollars for both days.
The next opportunity
is the 6th Annual Nevada Northern Railway Photo Shoot or what we like
to call the Winter Steam Spectacular. Joel
Jensen, another award-wining photographer, is the coordinator of this
event. And in Joel's own words…
may sound a little excited, but photographs from this shoot have won
awards around the country.
Carl Franz is organizing the last photo shoot. This shoot is schedule for February 11th through the 16th. This is a joint photo shoot using both the Nevada Northern and the Heber Valley railroads. There will be opportunities to photograph four different steam locomotives: Nevada Northern Railway locomotives 93 and 40 along with Heber Valley locomotives 618 and 75 in one trip.
There you have it, four opportunities to witness steam locomotives in the winter.
Each opportunity has a different emphasis. In any event, there will be plenty of steam and smoke with the exhaust nice and sharp as it reverberates off the canyon walls. These trips will provide a world-class show. For more information contact the museum at (866) 407-8326.
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