Jerry Hug, APSA  

World's Largest Steam Engine by Jerry Hug, APSA

August 2019 - World's Largest Steam Engine

About the Image(s)

This is the world’s largest Steam Engine that has been restored into working order and the largest Engine ever built. The 4014 Engine was built back in the 40’s to take heavy loads through the mountain passes during World War II era. The engine is 133 feet long and the weight is more than 2 modern day engines. It burns Coal and carries a lot of water to make the steam. When I got to the site that had a clear view to the tracks, I was the only one there. By the time the train came through there were over 300 folks. They were so excited that they just walked in front of me to get their photo on their iPhones and iPads. I thought OK, lets just show the excitement of this historic moment by these Railroad enthusiasts. I converted the image into Black and White in Snapseed. In the B/W conversion I played with the color filters that were available. This gave good shadow details and emphasized the various colors of the photographers. Notice, everyone was there to get a photo.

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6 comments posted

Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Those rail fans. They really do get involved in the hobby, but they should have been more respectful of your position near the tracks. This may be the same engine that came through Wyoming recently and a group of friends followed the engine across part of the state to get images. Good fun and nice photos, too.   Posted: 08/03/2019 18:02:48

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
At times people get so excited that they tend to ignore others. Oh well, you created a neat photojournalist shot with the photographers in the foreground. Plan B so to speak worked out nicely. The black and white goes good with the vintage train.   Posted: 08/04/2019 19:53:27

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
It's a mad cult with its members praying to their deity. Without your explanation there are many stories one could devise about this image. You saved the day with some quick thinking.   Posted: 08/10/2019 14:40:28

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Good illustration of turning lemon into lemonade. All those trying to get photo of speeding largest steam engine shows how beloved and special this coal burning train is. You captured it all. Train barreling along. Smoke pouring out and train enthusiasts eagerly trying to capture image of historic train.   Posted: 08/11/2019 13:17:46

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
I am a railroad nut. In fact I bought my first serious camera (Nikkomat) in 1967 to take pictures of box cars so i could model them, so I love pictures of the old engines. I like your treatment of the members of the society for the prevention of the taking of pictures. Very fitting shots of a collection of rear ends!
Seriously though, you still got a great shot of that classic engine and of course it had to be in black and white. Nice job!   Posted: 08/11/2019 21:27:38

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Without your explanation I would wonder what was the subject, the people or the train. Being a photographer does call on a lot of patience with people just walking in front of you. (Can you tell it is a pet peeve of mine). It was great that you were able to capture this historic train and I think the conversion to B&W was a good choice. I agree with Dave that it fits photojournalism.   Posted: 08/13/2019 17:58:41