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June 11, 2006 - Mediations on the Past, in Color

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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe caboose

Color studies from the Travel Town Museum, an outdoor transportation museum on the other side of Griffith Park, beside Forest Lawn, and across the bone-dry Los Angeles River from Warner Brothers and Disney studios - the Burbank side of the park.  The focus here is the history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to the 1930s.  The place opened on December 14, 1952, and now has fourteen steam locomotives and twenty-six other pieces of rolling stock.  The website is here, with history of how the museum came to be there here, and a list of what's on display here.

The locomotives, and more, will appear in these pages later, and in next weekend's issue - they are on the computer in the shop.  These are a few of the color studies.  They were taken at noon, Monday, May 29, 2006, a dry hot day with harsh sun.

To the right, the side of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe caboose, number 999110, built in 1928 by American and Foundry.

Trivia: "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" - music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer - was written for the 1946 movie, The Harvey Girls and won the Academy Award that year for Best Song in a Movie.  There were versions in the late forties by Mercer, Bing Crosby, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Judy Garland and the Merry Macs, and now even one by Harry Connick, Jr.  Add John Denver and Frank Sinatra too.  You can find the lyrics here, including the French version (Jacques Plante) and the German version (Knud Schwielow).  You can listen to a clip of the song from the soundtrack of The Harvey Girls here, but those days are long gone.

Pink: Detail of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority 1543, built in 1911 by American Car and Foundry -

Metropolitan Transit Authority 1543, from 1911

Western Pacific Caboose, number 754, built in 1910 by Haskell & Barker -

Western Pacific Caboose, number 754, built in 1910

Locomotive detail -

Locomotive detail -

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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