Charter Outtakes: "729 bring it ahead. Give us a little smoke." One of the staples of steam photo charters is the smoky run-by. Although a properly fired steam locomotive usually doesn't ... (more)
A hard-working helper crew. The crew of Western Maryland Helper Locomotive #729 poses for photographers on the final day of a 2013 Lerro Productions Photo Charter.
Cumberland dawn. The city of Cumberland is just waking up but the crew of this hefty helper locomotive has already been on duty for a couple of hours, getting their engine up to operating p... (more)
Mountain Muscle. A heavy freight struggles past the old signal bridge at MP 179, on the 1.75% grade from Cumberland to Frostburg with the help of heavy Consolidation #729 pushing for all sh... (more)
A storm blowing through! A Western Maryland helper locomotive spews swirling, boiling vortex of smoke and steam as it storms through the little, private crossing on Helmstetter's Curve. An... (more)
A mighty push!. Western Maryland 729 rides shotgun on a long coal drag out of Cumberland, barking mightily as she crosses the old C&P Bridge #1453 just outside Frostburg.
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Feedin' time for the herd. A hired hand from the Helmstetter Farm prepares to take some dinner to the herd, up yonder across the tracks on Price Hill.
Fireball Freight at Brush Tunnel. God-beams penetrate the veil of soot and steam as Western Maryland's hefty Consolidation #729 emerges from the west portal of the Brush Tunnel with a coal ... (more)
Good morning Cumberland! A Western Maryland helper locomotive and crew enjoys the warm, sunrise light as they make their way along the C&O canal basin toward the depot in downtown Cumberlan... (more)
High ball at Brush Tunnel. You can hear it coming for at least a solid minute before it arrives. The tunnel conducts the sound of its approach even before it enters the the east portal. I... (more)
Shadows and highlights: Going vertical at Cascade Creek. The early morning sun casts the distinctive shadow of a K-27 Mudhen on the nearby hillside, as she rumbles slowly across the 137 ft.... (more)
Osier after dark. Free of the light pollution from modern civilization, the heavens above put on a spellbinding display over the old D&RGW water tank in Osier, Colorado. Backlighting by God... (more)
Steamscape: Lava Loop. The late afternoon sun is beginning to cast long shadows as Stock Extra 315 rounds the Lava Loop, passing the old D&RGW Water Tank. Located just about 10 miles sout... (more)
Chama after dark. The crew of a D&RGW Locomotive prepare their engine for a late evening departure as the Chama Station baggage handlers load the mail and other cargo aboard a Baggage Expre... (more)
Two spouts, no waiting. The early morning sun filters through the grove of trees on the east side of the Chama Yard as multiple steam locomotives are readied for duty on Cumbres turns. In ... (more)