Reading Railroad locomotive # 2124 started life as Reading Company class I-10sa 2-8-0 number 2044 in 1924. During World War II due to steel shortages building of new locomotives was prohibited but ingenuity within the Reading Company shops went to work and the staff came up with the idea to re-build existing locomotives to better suite current needs. This engine emerged from the Reading shops in January of 1947 as the 2124. The locomotive was used primarily on freight lines hauling coal trains in Pennsylvania. It was retired from active service in 1956. From 1959 through 1963 it was added to the roster of engines pulling tourist excursions known as the "Iron Horse Rambles" before being sold to railroad collector F. Nelson Blount who displayed the engine in both New Hampshire and Vermont. When Steamtown re-located to Scranton Pennsylvania in the Winter of 1983-1984, the 2124 re-located with it. It's the first locomotive you encounter as you pull into the parking lot at Steamtown.
Camera: Calumet 45NX 4x5 large format monorail view camera.
Lens: Schneider 90mm f/5.6 Super-Angulon lens in a Copal 0 shutter mounted on recessed lens board. B+W brand Yellow filter on the lens to help with contrast.
Film: Arista EDU 200 Ultra B&W Negative Film, shot at box speed.
Exposure: 6 seconds @ F45.
Development: Self Developed in Kodak Xtol 1+2 dilution in Paterson Universal Tank using the Taco Method. 12 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius. Kodak indicator stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo rinse.
Scanning: Negative scanned with Epson V600 in two scans and merged back together in PhotoShop since the V600 doesn't natively support 4x5 scans in one pass. Cropped in Lightroom.