Friday, August 22, 2014

Featured Presenter - Rob Leachman - Milwaukee Road Electric Operations in the 70s - (from Berkeley, CA)

Featured Presenter - Rob Leachman Milwaukee Road Electric Operations in the 70s The last hurrah for Milwaukee's electrified operations occurred 1970-1974. This presentation will portray the electrified Coast and Rocky Mountain Division operations during that period. Between views of spectacular scenic action, as time permits, I will discuss the legal, executive and operational maneuverings that led to the tremendous traffic surge 1970-1973 that stretched the electrics to the limit, followed by the traffic collapse beginning in October, 1973 and termination of the electrification in June, 1974.

Three Generations of Railroad Photography David Lange: The Search for a New Perspective - (from Eugene, OR)

Three Generations of Railroad Photography David Lange: The Search for a New Perspective The third offering in a trilogy of presentations showcasing the evolution of railroad photography spanning 68 years and three generations. Growing up around railroads is an understatement for David Lange. His exposure to trains began with the Southern Pacific Coastline before he was even a month old. The heavy influence of not one, but two accomplished railroad photographers in the immediate family made it inevitable that he would develop an interest for railroads as well. We'll follow David through his early years watching the transition from first generation diesels to dash two technology on the Coastline, Cajon Pass, and the Tehachapi mountains. We'll also see some of his first experiences with a camera and the beginning of his quest to find his own signature style of imagery. He'll then take us on a condensed tour through his archives showing the evolution of his photography skills and his never ending search for a new perspective.

Three Generations of Railroad Photography Charles Lange: East Coast Railfan Goes West Coastal - (from Eugene, OR)

Three Generations of Railroad Photography Charles Lange: East Coast Railfan Goes West Coastal The second in a trilogy of presentations showcasing the evolution of railroad photography spanning 68 years and three generations. This second series starts with a back story along with images showing the heavy influence of trains and photography Charles had during his childhood. Through the camera lens of his father, we'll follow Charles as a young boy posed on several New Haven steam engines during their last years of service during the mid forties. We then skip ahead to his transplant to Southern California to attend college and his first exposure to what will instantly be his favorite railroad, Southern Pacific. Charles will take us on a journey through his early years as an aspiring photographer to some of his favorite haunts such as the Tehachapis, Cajon Pass, and the SP Coastline. We'll also follow Charles on his move to Oregon where he'll share with us some of his favorite photos of the SP Oregon Division lines along with his reconnection to steam engines. With an emphasis on SP, ATSF, and UP, this presentation is barely a sampling of the best images chosen from the 80,000 plus slides that Charles has taken over the past 47 years.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Three Generations of Railroad Photography - Harry Lange: First Contact

Three Generations of Railroad Photography Harry Lange: First Contact The first in a trilogy of presentations showcasing the evolution of railroad photography spanning 68 years and three generations. We begin with Harry Lange, a typical hardworking family man and his first contact with the world of railroads in 1945. We'll follow him through his black and white photography of steam and diesel on the New Haven in Connecticut, and expand into the New England area with his views of Boston & Albany, Maine Central, Erie, and New York Central railroads. We'll also see images showing some of the many railroad employees he befriended during the forties at work in the days of steam. An added bonus will be a finale of Kodachrome color photos taken in the late forties. Be sure to watch this first series in order to fully appreciate the entire trilogy, you won't be disapointed!

Drew Mitchem - Fall and Winter in the Southwest - (From Rochester, WA)

2014 Autumn Leaf Slideshow - Presenter - Drew Mitchem. "Fall and Winter in the Southwest" This show contains scenes from AZ, NM, CO, OK, and TX during the fall and winter of 2011. Included is the UP AZ/NM Centennial special as it traversed the BNSF Pueblo and Boise City Subs in all kinds of weather, a few semaphore shots on the Glorieta and Raton Subs, and scenes along the busy BNSF Gallup and Seligman Subs. After 7 years of supervising coal loading and unloading operations for Midland Railway Supply and Services in CO, MO and NM, Drew now resides back where he belongs, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He lives in Rochester WA, and is a student conductor for G&W's PSAP Railroad.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dan Bolyard - Big Bend Railroads (from Coulee City, WA)

2014 Autumn Leaf Slideshow - Presenter - Dan Bolyard. Big Bend Railroads This show will look at vintage pictures of the Big Bend part of Eastern Washington from the 1890's to the 1990s. Dan has recently completed a book on the history of railroads in that area. We are excited to finally get Dan over for a show on the westside of the mountains! He lives outside Coulee City, WA.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Featured Presenter - Mike Repp - British Columbia Railway - Its All Over Now! - (From Vancouver, WA)

2014 Autumn Leaf Slideshow - Featured Presenter - Mike Repp. British Columbia Railway - Its All Over Now! This show will have a contemporary look at the BC Rail from the mid-1980s into the early 1990's. This will be Mike's second time at Autumn Leaf and his first time presenting - He lives in Vancouver, WA.