A few more images of the Chicago and North Western railway to complement those I blogged recently. In some respects, the outside environment probably suits the film better (Kodak Safety Film again), as by modern standards it is incredibly slow with an ISO of somewhere between 8 and 16. However, taking pictures of moving subjects would have presented its own exposure challenges with such a slow film, so most of the engines appear to be static, moving slowly, or towards the camera where there is less relative movement.
As someone who was born and brought up in the heritage era of steam railways, it’s a reminder of how dirty the engines were when in regular service. Arguably this was accentuated by the rigours of war service, but it’s an interesting counterpoint to today’s beautifully turned out trains.