My first time…

When I was 15, my uncle Kenneth gave me a Minolta 35 mm camera, totally manual–even the f-stop.  He loves photography and taught me to love it as well.

The first thing I wanted to do was shoot pictures of trains.  So when my mom said she needed to go to Fed-Mart on Mykawa road across from a mouth into the Mykawa freight yard and near the crossover of the Southern Pacific right there as well, I was ALL in.

Here are some pictures of the first train I shot in 1978.

(Note:  This is a little break from wiring on my layout plus I finally broke down and got a slide scanner!  Expect a number of posts in the future of my rail adventures from 1978-1981.  Lot’s of MP, ATSF, SP, Rock and many other goodies to come.)

The first train I shot, an MP freight easing across Griggs road and making up a larger train. In Houston on Mykawa Road in  July 1978 --©photo by C. Hunt

The first train I shot, an MP freight easing across Griggs road and making up a larger train. In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 –©photo by C. Hunt

In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 --©photo by C. Hunt

In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 –©photo by C. Hunt

Check out the newish BN cars and CB&Q hopper. In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 --©photo by C. Hunt

Check out the new and already dirty BN cars and CB&Q hopper. In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 –©photo by C. Hunt

MP my first train I shot, Houston, Mykawa Road July 1978 IV

The engines went into reverse so I got another crack at the train. In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 –©photo by C. Hunt

MP my first train I shot, Houston, Mykawa Road July 1978 V

Here’s some old MP hoppers. In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 –©photo by C. Hunt

MP my first train I shot, Houston, Mykawa Road July 1978 VI

The sun came out and I got another shot of the BN cars and a better shot of the CB&Q hopper. Note gravel cars! In Houston on Mykawa Road in July 1978 –©photo by C. Hunt

Much, much more to come.  I love the new scanner!  We are going to have some fun with it!  Meanwhile, back to wiring…

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One thought on “My first time…

  1. Ahhh…good old Houston back in the day. In 1978, I was working the road out of the old HPD Park Place substation so this was actually in my beat. I saw plenty of rail action, too (but I knew how to navigate around it…a requirement to be a good radio patrolman)! Great memories, brother.

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