Denton Nights

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series CMR Photo Freight 2013

CMR 1824 leads a freight train through downtown Denton, MT passed Central Montana Rail Inc’s. shops.

On June 1st I was privileged to ride a chartered photo freight on the Central Montana Railroad.  Twenty of us chartered an 8 car train, 2 locomotives, a caboose, and two fabulous CMR employees.  In turn the CMR ran us to various photo locations between Arrow Creek and Ware where we photographed the train and worked with the crew perform run bys.   What a deal eh?  There is nothing like having your own personal train and crew to set up great photos.  Sound like fun?  You bet it was!

Friday night as the heavy rains cleared Jeff Robertson and many of the riders set up for a night photo session in Denton, MT.  Carla, the general manager and engineer, was kind enough to spot not only our train in front of the the elevators in town but pull a few of the locomotives out of the shop to anchor the scene.  This of course was one of the first of many wonderful things Carla helped us with on the excursion day.

Other than a bit of the usual Central Montana wind the night photo shoot turned out wonderful.  Jeff did a great job with the lighting and making sure everyone had a chance to do their own exposure and composition.  After I made my request I moved around to various locations while everyone else set up their shots.  By 11:45pm I was tired and headed back to Stanford for the night.

Next up: Riding the photo freight!

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