Sunday, November 27, 2005

PM1225, Steam and Smoke

A few miles north of Owosso catches PM 1225 cutting across a cut corn field. I put the 300mm zoom on for this shot. Took several, but camera shake made some blurry with the low light, for it was almost sunset when I took this shot.

Pere Marquette 1225 Leaving Owosso

While heading up to North West Michigan for deer hunting, I detoured to Owosso to catch Pere Marquette 1225 all steamed up for a special Polar Express trip to Chesaning, MI. It was low light and around 430 p.m. when the shot was taken. PM 1225 was just heading north out of town on the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay RR line. I backed in to an industrial driveway for the shot.
It is an awsome machine to watch roll by.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Devils Tower in the Morning

This was taken in 2003 from a trip I took out west with the family. This was two images merged together & taken with a Nikon 4500 digital camera.

A Boy and a Train

Need I say more about this photo?

Location: GTW Tunnel Yard in Port Huron. Train is heading east into the tunnel.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Blue Heron in Flight

While working as the photographer for the 2005 Selfridge Fire Dept. Golf outing, I captured this Great Blue Heron playing hide and go seek. He would hide, then I would stalk him. Then he would fly away and land, then I would stalk him again. This was the only good shot he afforded me while eating frogs. This photo was entered in the Base Photo Contest.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Port Huron House Fire on Jay Street

I was sitting up at the Amtrak station waiting for trains with my son Joe when the Port Huron fire tones rang out on the scanner. The street was only a few over to the east from the station and I arrived just as the first pumpers got there. I put the young one on my shoulders and grabbed the Nikon D70 for some firefighting photos. The Port Huron FD made some quick work in knocking the fire down, and getting a good save on the structure. There was smoke damage, but the integrity of the house looked good, and they did not have to cut through the roof for ventilation.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Sunset at East Emmett Side Switch

First I saw it crossing the grade protection coming out of GTW (CN) Tunnel Yard (Port Huron). I turned my truck, with my 2+ y/o son to go see and photograph the train at a open and good viewing grade crossing, 12 miles west. The race was on so I hit the interstate 69. I beat the train to the crossing, just as I connected my lens and fired up the Nikon D70. Too bad for me, I forgot to place it on the AF mode (I was shooting time laspe of the Northen Lights the night before). Anyway, I flipped the switch, and caught the CP freight slowing as it approached the eastbound CN freight in the siding. An occaisional large rain drop fell on my head and my son was happy to watch from inside the truck.

Sunset at East Emmett Siding Switch

After the passing of the CP westbound, CN 2680 led the 440 axle train east to Port Huron, MI out of the siding at Emmett, Mi.

Nikon D70 18-70mm lens

Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Last Morning Intact

Let the removal begin. Need I say more. A week before I shot the picture of the No Tresspassing sign. with the sunrise in the background. The shot below shows what happend the following week. The sign is now in my hands (with permission) and will be restored to its original 1949 color and lettering. Then it will be donated to the PH&D Museum for the public to see. It was that or it being tossed into a dumpster.

Leaving the Yard 10/08/2004

Shot from the St. Clair River in my boat while fishing... no luck that day... GP15T #1523 leaves the yard with cars in tow for the old PH&D Main. CSX now has its new yard on the former PH&D Line south of Davis Rd.

The Photo Below was a retouch with Paint Shop Pro... The cunductor was a bit mad due to the engineer forgetting the bait. Anyway, this was CSX's brief trial at the "Aqua Train."

PM Port Huron Yard

The PM was merged into the C&O Railroad in 1947, then in the 1980 CSX was the sole owner and operator of the yard. Its main use was switching C&O freight train cars to cross the St. Clair River by Pere Marquette 10 RR ferry. This ferry crossed to Sarnia, Ontario. Oversized railcars that did not fit through Grand Trunk Westerns Tunnel circa late 1880's went the ferry route. Both the PM and GTW had ferry operations at the "Boat Yard" as it was called. Here the massive PM counterweights for the ferry dock stand still and unused since the opening of the new CN St. Clair River Tunnel in 1995.

The Changing of Pere Marquette Railroad's Port Huron Yard

From Port Huron and Northwestern, to Pere Marquette, to C&O, then CSX, then to Acheson Ventures. Here are some selective shots of the days now past into the History of Port Huron, Michigan. This first shot was from June 2004looking south.

Friday, March 11, 2005

New Begining


Diving into the blog world for the first time. I hope you enjoy the visit and like my photography. More to come...