Locomotive No. 90

As mentioned in the previous post, I was checking out the steam trains in Strasburg, PA, USA. Here’s a simple iPhone photo of Locomotive No. 90.

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Baldwin Locomotive Works built that beast in 1924. I’m sure there has been some repairs and rebuilds since. Still impressive. Here’s a better shot taken with a Nikon D810 of the running gear:

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Some heavy steel there. As you can see, in magnificent condition thanks to the hard work of the team that keeps these machines on the rails. Check it out someday.

Steam Wheels

Was searching for movie ideas and headed out to the Strasburg Railroad where there’s live steam engines on the rails. For fun captured this video of the running gear:

It’s a tremendous amount of work keeping those engines and the rest of the equipment going. Plenty of people turn out almost every day to witness a piece of history, which is a good thing. Lots to learn in place like this. Plenty of ideas for movies, too.

 

Zoom H4n, video review

The Zoom H4n is an excellent digital audio recorder that is absolutely packed with features. In fact, the H4n has so much within it that I recommend checking out the Zoom company website for the details. Suffice it to say, this audio recorder far exceeds my expectations. I’m using it every week to improve my video productions by recording sound on location, especially sound effects that can be added later. Here’s a video review of it, including audio recorded at the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, PA, USA.

Now you saw one of the tricks of the trade, gathering sound separately and then using it with another video take for a specific reason. In a movie production, this happens all the time, allowing for dialog to be heard over top the sound of machinery or traffic or something else that would otherwise mask it. Whether you making videos like me, or a singer/songwriter, or a band looking to make a demo, the H4n will serve you well at a price all of us can afford.

Thomas the Tank Engine!

Thomas the Tank Engine arrived in Strasburg, PA to thrill children and adults alike. The Strasburg Railroad served as host, with their rolling stock providing seating for people to ride toward Paradise, PA and back, through the surrounding countryside where the Amish have their farms. I took the following video showing Thomas pulling into the station, then backing out, and returning again. Take a look.

I was amazed by the number of children standing by the tracks, calling out to that little blue engine. In this age of electronic gadgetry, it was a joy to see kids interested in an old-time attraction like a steam engine. More footage of the steam trains at Strasburg and elsewhere will becoming soon. Keep an eye out here at The Bent Page.

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