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Sub Station by Bob Patrick

August 2019 - Sub Station

About the Image(s)

Up against the deadline, and stuck with Docent Duty, today at the RR Museum, I ventured out into the "yard" and took some exposures of the Sub Station in the afternoon sun. 1/4000 sec. 1/2000 sec 1/500 sec. ISO 400, D800e, Sigma 24-105 at F8 and 24mm. Aurora 18, exported the straight HDR. PS 5.1 cropped, and dodged the shadows some more.

This sub station was constructed in the early 1920's, along with 21 more, to supply 3000V DC power to run electric engines along a 300 mile stretch of track in Washington State from Tacoma to Tekoa for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul...and Western Rail Road, (aka the Milwaukee Road). The electrics were used from 1919 (plus or minus) until about 1971. After WWII the trains also incorporated diesel engines working with the electrics.
Cle Elum was a resting place for the train crews. The Station had a lunch counter in the depot, a barracks for the workers, and Bungalows for the Station Masters. The RR went out of business in 1980.
The Depot and Sub Station along with the right of way are managed by the Washington State Parks Dept. The other buildings were either sold or demolished. The operation is commonly known as the Iron Horse State Park, with a 110 mile section called the John Wayne Trail.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Max Burke   Max Burke
Bob, this is a nice presentation of this building. The story is what interests me as well. I have traveled many times in the 50's through 1970 through Western Montana, near Missoula, where there were trains with the electrical power coming from setups from above, extended down the entire railway. Anyway this is the way I recalled seeing them. This is a well imaged "record shot that would be a good place for me to visit some day.   Posted: 08/17/2019 16:51:40
Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Milwaukee Road electrified 300 miles of track in Montana at the same time as WA. My guess is the Montana electrics were retired about the same time as WA, about 1971.   Posted: 08/17/2019 17:06:51

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Great story, I agree with Max, probably more of a record shot of the building.   Posted: 08/18/2019 19:04:50

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
The place has potential for more interesting images, but policy restricts access, even for the Docents. If I could get the management to let me into the substation for a couple of hours, the material might improve.   Posted: 08/18/2019 19:44:34

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
The blend is smooth with no visible or odd transitions. For what it is and the angle you took it at I feel it was handled well. I'm presuming you used this angle to show the sign, as it is a part of the story. This might be a nice lead image for a short story sequence that could be set to the narrative you gave us and which adds so much to the appreciation and understanding of the historical significance of the building. It looks like there might be an angle of view over on the right, where you might be able to get a clean shot without the fence and that angle could add to the sequence idea even if you can't get full access.   Posted: 08/18/2019 22:06:29

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
Seems like a good image for an article or story. The sign was placed intentionally into the composition. Can you get close to the fence to get closer?

For more pop, a different time of day?
I like the blend but would try increasing the contrast a tad.

There is a bright spot on the fence/truck that could be toned down...
  Posted: 08/18/2019 23:10:55