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In the Head End

Engineer Kevin McGarvey
Engineer Kevin McGarvey in the cab of Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad 2-8-0 steam locomotive #38 at Lakeville, New York, in 1974. The LA&L is a "short line" railroad in western New York, and at the time used #38 as a switching locomotive during the week and in passenger excursion service on the weekends. The engineer, who was only 25 years old at the time of the photograph, invited the photographer into the cab. The image captures a gritty familiarity with a certain timeless quality. Most railroads in the United States had stopped using steam in the 1950s, and the photo could easily have been made in 1930s or 40s. McGarvey remained with the L&AL for his entire career, rising to the position of Chief Mechanical Officer. He passed away in 2008. Fasulo photographed McGarvey a second time in 2005.
Alternate Title Engineer in Cab of Excursion Train Steam Locomotive, 1974 (editor's title)
Source John Fasulo, Beacon, New York
Coverage Spatial, Lakeville, New York; Temporal, 1974
Rights John Fasulo
Date Created 1974
Resource Type
Extent Not available
People: Name
Depicted Railroad
Location Lakeville, New York
Depicted Occupation
Equipment, Locomotive 2-8-0 #38
Builder, locomotive Baldwin Locomotive Works
Creator Description John Fasulo, a news cameraman for twenty-five years, lives in Beacon, New York. His grandfather, "Pop," introduced him to photography and railroads, inspiring a lifelong passion for both. "Pop" was a machinist for the New York Central at its shops in Harmon, New York. As a boy, Fasulo photographed him in the "head end" (locomotive cab). Fasulo's recent exhibitions include Cunnan Hackett Cultural Center, spring 2010; the Gallery, Steamtown, Scranton, Pennsylvania, April 2010; The Rivers and Estuaries Center, Beacon, New York; the DB Museum in Nuremburg, Germany, 2012; and in print at Cereis Press, Spring Issue 2010 vol.1 issue 3.
Collection John Fasulo Collection
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