Age of Steam by George Cousins

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Railways, and steam locomotives, have played a huge part in developing many parts of Canada and the world. In the province of Newfoundland, Canada, the Newfoundland Railway operated the longest narrow-gauge line in the world, opening up the interior of the province and providing vital transportation links to communities and industries.
The province has many railway museums. This one is at Humbermouth, near Corner Brook in western Newfoundland. No. 593 was the last steam locomotive operated by Canadian National Railways, which had taken over from Newfoundland Railways after Newfoundland joined Canada.

I took this photo while on a business/vacation trip in 1966. My oldest son was 10 at the time and had a great interest in all things mechanical!

The camera was an Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR, F.2.0 Biotar lens, and the film was probably Ektachrome. The slide was scanned in 2004 at 4000 dpi using a Canoscan 4000US.

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  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 4 years ago

    awesome shot of this old steamer,George♥ truly a link to the past! :o)) God Bless,M

  • Hi MaeBelle, glad you liked it..I used to love just hearing those oldtimers off in the distance.

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting!

    – George Cousins

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Good one, George!

  • Thanks David, decided to browse back through my slides and see what I might find to post..:)

    – George Cousins

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    very good, lovely photo

  • Thank you Antanas, you’re very kind!

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 4 years ago

    Never really noticed before but these old locomotives are a bit like the tall ships – they put the modern versions to shame. :)

  • yep, I used to run up to the tracks back of North Sydney when I was a kid, just to see them huffing along. And those whistles in the night or early morning hours, way off in the distance. Like the call of a loon, something very haunting but also wonderful to hear.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    What a beauty, George! I remember going across the Forth Bridge in the old steam trains. And, for a while, even though the diesels were starting to come into play, much of the goods transport in Scotland was still using steam. As kids, we used to stand on the bridges over the tracks, hanging over the guardrail, of course, and bask in the smoke as they went by underneath.

  • I did the same! There was a little street bridge over the tracks only about 5 minutes fast running from our house. Wonder why we never choked on that smoke?

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Probably because no one told us it was bad for us. We also used to put pennies on the rails for the train to flatten as it went by. Mother would have killed me had she known we were playing down the railway embankment….

  • Slideshooter
    Slideshooterover 4 years ago

    What a memory trip. Thanks for sharing it with us, it’s great!

  • Hi Brett, many thanks, and glad it helped you go back down memory lane. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? Cheers, George

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 4 years ago

    As selected by Artwhiz, featured artist,Christmas 2010.

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent George. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted, much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

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