As we finished our shoot the day before, we looked at the weather forecast and voted to forego the sunrise shot. Not a bad call, considering the temperatures. So, we loaded into the Caboose and headed east. If you’re looking for an adventure, the Caboose can be rented for an overnight stay. The bunks were somewhat comfy, but the ‘necessary’ accommodations are not for the faint-of-heart.
We stopped at a stream crossing and headed into the brush. The 40 pulled by us several times, but I missed the best reflection shot. Darn it!
I chose a sepia monochrome filter for this image, giving it a vintage look.
While I missed the best reflection shot (if I’d only set up about 15 yards left of this spot), this one isn’t too bad.
Back in the Caboose and down the line. We stopped at the North Yard Limit for more shots.
One of my favorite shots from the weekend. I asked the facilitators of the workshop for this composition and they happily obliged me. We were at a ‘Y’ and the 40 was running on the track left of this location. The grey sky made for a bad background, so I asked them to run on this track. Huge difference in the background. I also tried some new editing techniques to really make this image pop.
The Nevada Northern has two routes on the east side of the Steptoe Valley: the McGill Junction Route runs from the Ely Yard to the Town of McGill; the Hi Line Route runs east of the McGill Route, further up the hill. We took the Hi Line Route to a rock cut – formerly a tunnel – and spent some time taking pictures there.
We shot from over, around, and in front of the locomotive. This was a very fun place.
And just like that the morning was over. In the Caboose and back to the Ely Yard for lunch. While we were eating, the crews were busy changing up the train. When we boarded to head west towards the mine at Ruth, we found ourselves riding in style – the fancy passenger car with a mail processing car in the train. First stop – Tunnel 1!
The 40 pulling out of Tunnel 1!
With multiple runs in and out of the tunnel, shots like this were easy to get!
I only crashed on the snowy hillside one time, resulting in some soreness and a bloody shin – but I saved the camera when I fell! On westward to Robinson Canyon!
The rocks behind make for a great background, assuming you don’t get photobombed by truck traffic on the road behind. Even with multiple pulls, this was one of my best from this location.
I really like this one, as well.
Our last venue was Keystone, as close to the Ruth Mine as you can get without being in the hole.
I chose to set up on the bridge overlooking the tracks for this image. I took some liberties during processing, using multiple filters and some layer masks to get this result. Not my favorite from the shoot, but this was a fun image to edit.
So, there you have it. Four days of steam locomotives and new friendships. I look forward to shooting on the Nevada Northern again!
A little post script. These Pronghorn were on the side of US 50 on my way home. Sadly, the only time I used my Canon EOS 7D Mk II on the trip!
They posed nicely for me. uncommon for one of the fastest animals on land.
Thanks for allowing me to share my weekend with the Nevada Northern Railway with you! Enjoy – PHOTOROGR