Monday, January 28, 2008

Some old negatives

Canadian Pacific Railway. Place and date unknown. I’ve got several boxes of photos and negatives, mostly collected between 1957 and 1961. I was in college for two years, then the USAF. And in the intervening years, the Merger took place, and the 567C was replaced with the 645, so-on-and-so forth, and I found myself totally out of the loop!

If I do happen across a train today, I have no frigging idea of what I’m looking at. And since everything up here is BNSF, what’s the point! If I go up to Index, there is no GN, but BNSF. If I go to Auburn, there is no NP, but BNSF. If I go to South Tacoma, there is no Milwaukee, but BNSF. You get the idea.

Anyway, I’ve been digging through theses boxes of negatives, prints, and slides, and found a fist full of these negatives with a single sprocket – I have no idea what the “gage” it is, but they do fit into the 35mm film strip holder in my Microtek i900.

I ran these negatives with a 12-pass scan, and here’s what I got. Certainly not up to the notorious quality standards of some internet posting sites, but, since I screen my own photos – run them, for two good reasons:

1. The are obviously very old, almost 50 years old, and
2. They capture some slices of time on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The first is CPR 7034, an S3 running on AAR type trucks. The second is steam engine CPR 2402. Note the shark nosed Studebaker! If you can shed some light on where the photos were taken, please let me know! And if you have any idea what this film is, let me know!

My pooch saw her first ever snow this morning, and by the look on her face, she doesn’t quite know what to make of it!

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