Saturday, February 24, 2007

Winterail Teaser Video

Sp stem locomotive

Winterail Teaser Video
This is the second video posted to the Internet featuring photos from the show youngest son Kenneth and I are doing. This video, featuring SP photos by Bill Darrough and from his brother's collection focuses on Southern Pacific Steam Locomotives, mostly 4-6-2's from 1938 to 1940. The high definition version will be shown at a railroad photography convention in two weeks named Winterail. The video shown here is formatted for the Internet and features music by Vonda Shepard.

The photos in this show were taken by Bill Darrough and/or are from the collection of Bill and Jack Darrough. This is an amazing collection of photographs. In a conversation with Bill Darrough's brother Jack in August of 1988 Jack said, "Bill died in 1942, he was 22 years-old. He suffered from severe teenage acne and they had treated it with massive doses of radiation, which at the time was thought harmless. The radiation cleared his acne but Bill died of cancer." According to Jack, he and Bill came from a railroad family. The members of a railroaders family were then given passes and could travel free on the nation's passenger trains. The period that Bill lived in was near the climax of the era of steam railroading in this country. Jack said Bill would pack two suitcases, one with film and the other with sandwiches and the young man would go on trips alone photographing trains. In my opinion had he lived he would have been one of the greatest railroad photographers of the twentieth century. It is an amazing story and so Ken and I are trying to tell it.

There is a lot more in the show, both mainline steam, traction, shortline steam and logging RR's. I do not know where it will be in the days lineup of shows.

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