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A few months ago a friend dropped of a couple of boxes of camera stuff that no one had purchased at an auction he attended.  Can't blame people for not buying it.  The rats had been living in the boxes for years.  Anyway delving into the mess, it was apparent that this had belonged to a Street Photographer.  Some of us are old enough to remember walking down the street , having a guy take your picture, handing you a ticket and moving on.  You could take the ticket to the store indicated and purchase the photo.

Anyway, in cleaning up the camera equipment I noticed a 4x5 glass plate negative.  I ran it through my Epson V700 scanner and then printed out the attached photo.  It is out of focus.  However, it appears to be a nice piece of history.  If anyone has the software to improve it, you have my permission.  I would like to know what, where and when.2020-10-17 07-58-58_0288.1


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@geysergazer posted:

The first car is obviously a baggage/RPO based on the four windows and stack for a coal-fired heating stove. With a heated RPO I think we can eliminate the Deep South as the location.

You mean they never have winter in the "Deep South"???? Some of the coldest winters I've ever experienced was in Jacksonville, Fla, when we lived there (Sept. 1967 thru Nov. 1971). When it's 37 or 40 degrees F, with a humidity of about 90%, it felt colder than the nice dry winters in the Wyoming coal fields.

I'm not seeing any eccentric crank, so Stephenson valve gear. I'll agree with the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement assessment. Would the sloped sides of the tender be indicative of a wood burner, or converted wood burner? I also do not see any tell-tale exhaust stream on top that would indicate an electric generator. But that could be located elsewhere. I'll guess kerosene lamp.



It's obvious the cars are wooden. The locomotive is clearly a 4-6-0 (common passenger power in the 1890s), and it’s burning coal, because it has a shotgun stack and an extended smokebox. It has Stephenson valve gear, and square steam chests housing D slide valves. The domes are “teapot” style, which first appeared in the early- to mid-1880s, and were in use through the early 1900s, but were most commonly associated with locomotives built in the 1890s. It’s doubtful the headlight’s electric. Even if it was, it probably wouldn’t be on, therefore no generator exhaust. However, I’ve never seen a generator on a locomotive with teapot domes, so I’m going with kerosene. And whoever thinks it’s warm all the time in the South in winter is nuts.

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