New York Central Power Along the Hudson Vol 2 Oscawana to Albany SC 2005
New York Central Power Along the Hudson Vol 2 Oscawana to Albany SC 2005
New York Central Power Along the Hudson Vol 2 Oscawana to Albany SC 2005

New York Central Power Along the Hudson Vol 2 Oscawana to Albany SC 2005

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New York Central Power Along the Hudson Vol 2 Oscawana to Albany SC 2005
 
New York Central Power Along the Hudson Vol 2 Oscawana to Albany SC 2005
Soft Cover
Copyright 2005
48 Pages
Ed made a number of his finest New York Central photographs available to Al Staufer for publication in Later Power, Thoroughbreds, and the aforementioned Steam Power of the New York Central System, Vol. 1. I chose to include fourteen of these previously-published images in this book, because it seemed right to me that a book of Eddie May's photographs ought to include some of his best work.
A word needs to be said about my use of directions. When I was a youngster, I asked my father to explain a sign that I saw at the New York Central passenger station in Dumont, New Jersey. It said, "SUBWAY TO WESTWARD TRAINS." My father explained the broader meaning of "subway," there having been at Dumont an underpass by which passengers could safely reach the platform opposite the station building. But it wasn't the use of the word "subway" that I questioned. "Why westward?" I asked. "The tracks are going north." My father was something of a railfan himself, and explained that it didn't matter which way the tracks were going by compass, it only mattered which way they were going by timetable. On the River Division, the old West Shore, the operating directions were east and west. I have invariably used these timetable directions in all of the commentary that I have written in this book. "Westbound extra," "westward platform," "westbound track," etc., all refer to movements away from New York City and toward Albany, regardless of compass direction at any specific location. You will not read of any trains going north or south in this book. On the other hand, in referring to something that is to one side of the line, as in "the building was on the east side of the tracks," and in referring to one of two parallel tunnel bores, as in "the train is emerging from the west bore of Oscawana tunnel," I have used the compass directions.
All of the pictures that appear in this book were personally printed by me. In most cases it took many attempts to get the best print possible from a negative. Some of the early negatives are too thin or too dense. I owe much to the memory of another dear departed friend, Hubert (Stocky) Stockwell, who taught me many darkroom tricks. Finding appropriate negatives, printing them, writing the commentary, and working to put this book together have all been parts of a labor of love, dedicated to the many darkroom tricks. Finding appropriate negatives, printing them, writing the commentary, and working to put this book together have all been parts of a labor of love, dedicated to the memory of the man whom I consider to be the Dean of the Hudson River School of Railroad Photography, Edward L. May.

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