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Readying an Excursion Train Locomotive
Along with "The Head End," John Fasulo captured this picture serendipitously on a jaunt with his girl friend in 1974. This was the first shot, framed with not a second to spare, and shows Kevin McGarvey (1950-2008) descending the engine of an excursion train with the stack fan that was used to create a stronger draft into the firebox to get steam up more quickly. The locomotive is the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad's No. 38, a Baldwin 2-8-0, then used for tourist runs on weekends and for switching freight cars sometimes during the week. Fasulo says it is one of his favorite images and it appears in "My Passion for Trains: Railroad Images of John Fasulo" at Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 2008. It is being used in 2008 in Beacon, New York, as a banner to celebrate the art and artists of the area. Aesthetically, the image is more reminiscent of the 1930s than the 1970s.
Alternate Title Readying an Excursion Train Locomotive (editor's title)
Source John Fasulo, Beacon, New York
Coverage Spatial, Lakeview, New York; Temporal, 1974
Rights John Fasulo
Date Created 1974
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Livonia, New York
Equipment, Locomotive No. 38, Baldwin, 2-8-0
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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