Time to take a step back in time with this one.
It is winter 1940, the war in Europe is on going but we wouldnt be thrown into it for another year. Life goes on as the US economy continues to improve from the duldrums of the great depression. The reciever rings in my east Wheeling apartment, waking me up from a nap. I answer, its a friend down in the Benwood yards telling me the Benwood to Pittsburgh freight is leaving.
I thank him than hang up. Theres a shot Ive been wanting to do but the requirements are a bit extreme. But staying indoors is for the weak so Ill brave the elements.
I leave immediately, I have to walk a mile and a half, across a viaduct and through the tunnel. There is no other way and there are no roads to take to get there. Finally, after a half hour walk, I get setup. Mind you, this is 1940, so Ive managed to carry a tripod, and a heavy camera.
The waiting game enslues, minutes seem like hours but finally the rails start to sing as the rails glow from the approach of a headlight. Like a bullet out of a barrel, a ugly EL-5 exits the tunnel with smoke swirling around the tunnel portal and engine. All too soon, the caboose exits, some 60 cars back.
I exchange waves and start to head back. Its 10 degrees out and Ive been standing in a 4 foot snow drift for 40 minutes. It will be nice to feel my feet again.