Iron Horse by George Cousins

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You could call this a blast from the past, too. A Canadian National Railways freight train piling on the steam as it passes by my old home town of North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. I was 16 years old at the time and had every kid’s desire to be an “engineer”. Never happened!

Taken April 8, 1947 (64 years ago)
Camera..I’m not sure, it was very cheap, one speed, one button and no name. But affordable.
Kodak Verichrome film. Processed by a Rexall drugstore.
Found in an old album two days ago. Scanned today May 26, 2011 with an HP Scanjet 6200C.


  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    What a great find, George, and still in good shape, too! Very cool!

  • Hi Mike.. well, I found a box in the basement which hadn’t been opened since I came here 21 years ago, so I figured it was time to look inside. And there were 4 old photo albums, two belonging to my Mother and Father, photos going back to the early 1920’s, and two of mine, starting about 1943 or 44! I’d looked for them before but finally decided that I’d lost them in the packing up down home. So quite a pleasant surprise.
    I vaguely remember the camera that took this one, it was a no-name, looked like a 35mm. with eye-level viewfinder but that was all. Probably a speed of 1/50 or so, no adjustments whatever. A true “point and shoot”..LOL! I think I bought it from a second-hand store, and in the late 1940’s I didn’t pay much. Of course I didn’t have much to pay with..haha! Anyway, I have a lot of prints that may be interesting to post when I get around to it. I couldn’t resist tackling the trains first, so watch out for a few more. You have been!!

    – George Cousins

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    Wow!! George, what a treasure and so many memories along with it!! What a great capture and in excellent shape too!! Quite amazing!

  • Hi Blair, many thanks and glad you liked it. See the story in my reply to Mike above. The prints are in really good condition, having been mounted in the albums as soon as I got them back from the drugstore.Incidentally, the Pharmacist was an expert photographer and he was the one that first pointed me to Popular Photography, which was the photo mag. at the time.
    You’re right, about those memories :))

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogalmost 4 years ago

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 4 years ago

    Nicely presented George. Good old shot. Welcome to the Trains Group. – Ted

  • Good morning Ted, thanks for the welcome and glad you liked this old shot. I thought they were lost forever but they finally came back to the light of day..:)

    – George Cousins

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