Grand Canyon Railway – Locomotive # 539

When we went on the Grand Canyon Railway last autumn, we saw this grand example of a vintage steam locomotive:

Grand Canyon Railway – Lokomotive # 539

Als wir im vergangenen Herbst mit der Grand Canyon Eisenbahn gefahren sind, bekamen wir auch dieses grossartige Exemplar einer alten Dampflokomotive zu Gesicht:

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Grand Canyon Railway Locomotive # 539

Comparison II

Motivated by a discussion that originated from the post „Colorific or Monochromatic“ by Images by T. Dashfield, and continued here  [Comparison] and especially here [Locomotive #683 and Carriages], I’d like to present the latter picture in the original and different renderings, the original first :

Vergleich II

Angeregt durch eine Diskussion, die ihren Ursprung in dem Beitrag „Colorific or Monochromatic“ von Images by T. Dashfield“ hatte, und die hier [Comparison] und des Weiteren besonders hier [Locomotive #683 and Carriages] fortgesetzt wurde, moechte ich hier das Letztere im Orignal und in verschiedenen Bearbeitungen zeigen, zuerst das Original:

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Locomotive #683 and Carriages – Original

Some (Exif-)Data:

  • camera: Nikon D70s
  • lens:  Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom
  • focal length 31 mm
  • f/number: 11
  • shutter speed: 1/400 s
  • ISO value: ?

Ausgewählte (Exif-)Daten:

  • Kamera: Nikon D70s
  • Objektiv: Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3
  • Brenweite: 31 mm
  • Blende: 11
  • Verschlusszeit: 1/400 s
  • ISO Wert: ?

Rendered in Black&White with ACDSee Ultimate:

Bearbeitet in Schwarz-Weiß mit Ultimate:

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Locomotive #683 and Carriages – B&W Rendering with ACDSee Pro 9

Rendered in Black&White with EasyHDR:

Bearbeitet in Schwarz-Weiß mit EasyHDR:

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Locomotive #683 and Carriages – B&W Rendering with EasyHDR

Rendered with EasyHDR, setting „natural2“:

Bearbeitet mit EasyHDR, Einstellung „natural2“:

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Locomotive #683 and Carriages – Rendered with EasyHDR, Setting „Natural2“

For the rendering in Sepia see the link on this page above.

Für die Bearbeitung in Sepia siehe Link oben auf dieser Seite.

Human Looks?

The front of this engine does look somewhat like a human face, doesn’t it. It reminds me of the movie „Silver Streak“, when, at the end, after the run-away engine has broken through a wall and come to a halt in the hall of the Chicago railway station, Grover T. Muldoon [played by Richard Pryor] comments that it looks like the locomotive is actually grinning.

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Grinning? – Or Just Menacing Looks?

„Puffing Billy“

Well, I know that the „Puffing Billy“ was quite a different locomotive, but I think the name would have been appropriate here, too – judging by the looks of that engine, which, btw, is propelled not by steam created with a fire  inside the engine, but by compressed air in its huge tank. This makes it safe in an environment with fuels, as it wa used by the Standard Oil Company.

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Locomotive Driven by Compressed Air

The Little Engine That Could

Doesn’t it really look quite like it?

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Manitou & Pikes Peak Steam Locomotive No. 1

From the railroad museum’s website: „M&PP No. 1 is a unique locomotive specially designed to climb steep mountain slopes with grades up to 25 percent. The underside is equipped with a toothed cog wheel. As the wheel turns, it connects to a stationary rack rail in the track, thus helping to pull a train up the mountain or provide braking on the way down.“

For more information, download a PDF-file here.

More Locomotive #683

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Locomotive #683

This time from a different perspective and in „natural“ colours.

Locomotive #683 and Carriages

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Locomotive #683 and Carriages

This is Locomotive #683 – with two vintage railroad cars – of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden/CO. It was built in 1890 and in use for various railroad companies until 1956. It is the only surviving standard gauge locomotive of the D&RG.

Galloping Goose

A strange name for a strange vehicle:

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A „Galloping Goose“

According to Wikipedia, a „Galloping Goose“ is the popular name given to a (series of seven) railcar(s) built by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad in the 1930s, because at that time trains were too expensive to run on their minor lines. This one here can be seen at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden/CO. For enthusiasts: The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad still offers rides in Galloping Goose #5.

Locomotive #683

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This is Locomotive #683 of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden/CO. It was built in 1890 and in use for various railroad companies until 1956. It is the only surviving standard gauge locomotive of the D&RG.