John L Mathis

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ATSF SD40-2 near Cajon, CA in December, 1988.

ATSF C40-8W 879 and SD40-2 5149 pose at sunset while being detoured over the Union Pacific Overland Route at Gothenburg, NE in late July 1993. The head end Union Pacific locomotive is a pilot locomotive for the detouring hotshot. The detours for ATSF trains were made necessary because of the extensive midwest floods of 1993. The ATSF "transcon" was severed by flooding in Iowa near Fort Madison. The number of detoured trains put a strain on the capacity of the CNW single track main line Iowa. Here on the UP main line, at this time, waiting trains were stacked up and each would move forward to let a crewman from the following train run to the nearby pizza takeout to pick up their order.
Nikon F4s - Kodachrome slide digitally copied using Olympus OM-D EM-1, Zuiko 50mm f/2 Macro lens, mmf 3 Micro Four Thirds adapter and Nikon ES1 Slide Copying Adapter Copy settings: 1/50 sec. - f/6.3 - ISO 200. Processed with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6.


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