Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives
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Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives

Photo by Matthew Malkiewicz

Why vintage trains in particular?

'The machines are alive. Each is unique, its own personality; which changes from day to day. I concentrate on vintage steam locomotives from all across the United States. Now they have second lives as tourist operations, the fortunate trains that survived the scrapping after the fleet was retired in the middle of the last century.

Modern day railroading, both passenger and freight revenue, are pulled by either diesel or electric engines. My passion gravitates to the machines of yesteryear, fire breathing monsters that seem to be alive whether you have your hand against the polished steel or you are two bluffs away looking across acres of prairie grass.'