To avoid having South Park go into clinical withdrawal from lack of C&S narrow gauge posts, I thought that I would start this thread devoted to color photos of C&S trains (in actual operation, not preservation photos).
While rummaging through my files for the Gilpin drawings, I found this page from an old Sundance calendar:
Since I trimmed it from the calendar in order to (mis)file the photo, I can't tell you where it was taken, when (1940-41?) or who the photographer was. Seems to me it is in Clear Creek, likely between Blackhawk and Forks.
So, if you have some good color photos of actual C&S narrow gauge trains or locomotives or rolling stock or structures, post them here, even if they were posted before in another thread.
Since Jeff's HOn3 version of the C&S is currently building in lower Platte Canyon, I thought these views might be appropriate.
On May 17, 1941, John Maxwell negotiated a cab ride on one of the last freights to South Platte, delivering empties for fluorspar loading. He was able to take these two "tender" views of the C&S narrow gauge in its last year:
Most everything I've found has been previously published, most in out of print books. I got tired of trying to remember where each one was located, so thought I'd just put them all together here.
When I've scanned and resized the color images, I've been struck by the fuzzy quality of the images, not the sharp clarity of the black and white photo we usually discuss here, even the Otto Perry photos from the late teens and early twenties.
Then I remembered that all of these photos were taken in the year prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor!
Our photographers were using the earliest, mass-produced commercially available color film of the time (print film vs color transparencies?). The very low ASA (boy, there is a term that has become obsolete in my lifetime) of those films likely required very fast shutter speeds to avoid even the slightest movement artifact and/or wide apertures which created depth of field problems. There was probably a learning curve involved for the rail-fan photographers of the day, who were used to faster panchromatic B&W film stock.
Anyone know what color film was available in 1940-1941? An early version of Kodachrome? An AGFA product, perhaps? I don't think Ectachrome was marketed until the 1950s.
Doug Heitkamp posted a number of color views of Forks c1941. I've taken the liberty of resizing them and reposting them here.
First, two overview images--the eating house is long gone and highway construction is underway:
C&S number 70 has arrived from Denver with a short train for Idaho Springs. It has left its train on the siding just west of the wye, and has backed around the first two legs of the wye, taking water at the tank, the engine now facing east.
The tender full, number 70 pulls east to clear the wye switch, then backs across the iron bridge over Clear Creek, westbound but tender first.
The 70 reassembles its short train and will run westbound, tender first to Idaho Springs:
Departing Forks, number 70 and its 5 car train climb through the curving confines of Clear Creek Canon, somewhere to the west--the Floyd Hill area perhaps?
John Maxwell, like Otto Perry before him, took many a photo of C&S narrow gauge trains leaving Denver, for Clear Creek (at Arvada and Golden) or in the southwest outskirts of Denver, as trains headed for Platte Canon. By 1941, Maxwell was taking color as well as B&W photos.
On July 8, 1941, Maxwell followed C&S number 70 and a long train of empty coal cars and boxcars, heading for Platte Canon and destined for loading at Waterton, South Platte and the Silica Branch. (All photos from Digerness, The Mineral Belt Volume I, pages 110-133.)
Per caption, this photo was taken in the Ruby Hill district of suburban Denver, still on three-rail tracks:
The train was moving southwest along the old Platte Canon Road, south of Bowles Avenue:
West of Littleton:
The train stopped for number 70 to take water at the Bear Creek tank and bridge:
A similar train, on May 17, 1941 has stopped unexpectedly near Chatfield. Per the caption, the train has stopped due to a derailed wheelset, back in the train:
Note to Roper: A few of these photos might be good enough for C&Sn3 Blog post header photos.
I've never noticed this color image in DPL before.
I've scanned and posted all the color photographs from my book collection, and from previous posts to this forum--the low hanging fruit as it were.
Here's hoping new color views show up and other's post what they have. If you add a new photo, please edit the title line to include the new location or description (i.e. "Clear Creek" or "Leadville" or "Silica"), so Forum searches will locate them.