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New York Susquehanna & Western Railway conductor Matthew Gibbons. Image © Joe Geronimo.

New York Susquehanna & Western Railway conductor Matthew Gibbons. Image © Joe Geronimo.

I remember this day well, sadly I don’t remember the date. In my haste I never logged that pertinent information on the negative sleeve. I believe this was January 2001? It was cold, brutally cold. Minus 50 degrees cold along the southern edge of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, NY.

Matthew Gibbons and I were attempting to bring a rather large freight to CSX Dewitt yard in East Syracuse. CSX averages 70+ trains per day on the Chicago main line or “Water Level Route”. Trains traveling at 50 & 60 MPH with Amtrak hitting 79 MPH would blow snow all over filling our switch where our two railroad connect.

In this scene Matt attempts to clean snow and ice from the switch points. Windchill dipping near fifty below, an eastbound CSX intermodal train roars by at 60 MPH and Matt has all he can do just to stand up. Matt now resides in Wisconsin battling the same weather conditions on the Soo Line Railroad.

I captured this moment with a Canon EOS Elan 7E on Kodak TMax 400.

Cheers!

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