I took this HRD photo of a rotary snowplow at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado. I was taken with the giant red maw.
Unfortunately, this fine example was just a static exhibit. So, I thought I would find a suitable environment into which to place the snowplow and its trailing engine and railcars.
First, we masked out the noisy background. Then, we chose several photos--one I took on the road up to Mt. Evans and the other I took of the Felsenmeer along the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.
We composited the three photos--adjusting color balance, sharpening certain areas, and fine-tuning the exposure.
To add realism, we lit the headlight and added cloud reflections in the windshield. And then we added just a hint of steam coming out of the trailing engine and railcars.
This steam powered rotary snowplow was built in 1899 and was used for many years in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1936 it was refitted to be a narrow gauge plow between Como, CO, and Leadville, CO. Converted back to standard gauge in 1943, it was last used between Leadville and Climax in 1965.
Behind the rotary is a Union Pacific 060 switch engine and assorted cars. In reality, this engine may not have really followed behind the rotary showplow as it wended its way between Leadville and Climax.
Keywords:Colorado Train Museum, Golden, locomotive, rotary snowplow, train
Copyright (c) William Horton