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FCRR CF-7s Night-.jpg
Florida Central CF-7s straight out of the paint shop in Plymouth, Florida. Probably the most lurid paint job I ever photographed. They have a nice patina now, trundling down to Orlando.

MDOT F-7s Night-.jpg
Maryland Department of Transportation F-7s. The sad part of the story is that the fourth one didn't make it to Brunswick that day. Broken down somewhere along the line. Of course anymore silver paint may have destroyed my camera.

SGLR GP-9s and GP-10 Night-.jpg
Seminole Gulf Railroad GP-9s and a Paducah Rebuild GP-10s (no. 578 in background), tied up for the night in Fort Myers, Florida.

The CF-7s and F-7s lighted with press-40 flashbulbs; GPs with the Vivitar 285. (I left two "UFOs" in the SGLR shot--places where I accidentally let the edge of the flash unit show.)

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A one-beer sob story

Love those F units! Nice work.

We sure wanted all four, but when the fourth one didn't come through Point of Rocks that afternoon, my buddy Steve Evans (who set up the lighting for that shot) asked the engineer on the train that should have had the other F-7 where it was. The engineer yelled back, "Broke down!" as he left the station.

We decided they wouldn't have parked them four abreast anyway, so we only cried into one glass of beer.

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