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Operator Teaches Railroading and Photography, 2 of 2 (editor's title)

UP train taking orders in Tacoma
Second of a two-photo series showing a southward Union Pacific freight train taking orders at UP Junction in Tacoma, Washington in September 1970. In this photo, aspiring railroader Martin Burwash is shown "hooping up" orders to the train's conductor in the caboose. Burlington Northern operator Bud Emmons, who would normally have performed the task, took the photo. In the first photo, Emmons is shown hooping up orders to the train's engineer. Burwash, a teenager at the time, was then an aspiring railroader, and Emmons was unofficially teaching him the trade. Emmons was also a photographer and taught Burwash the basics of black and white developing and printing, and helped him acquire his first Yashica 124G medium format camera. While Burwash ultimately decided to pursue a career in farming, Emmons' photographic influence remained strong. Burwash has been making black and white, medium format photos of railroads and railroaders ever since, and has published two books and numerous magazine articles.
Source Martin Burwash, Burlington, Washington
Coverage Spatial, Tacoma, Washington; Temporal, September 1970
Rights Martin Burwash
Date Created 1970-09
Resource Type
Extent 2-1/4 in. x 2-1/4 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Tacoma, Washington
Depicted Occupation
Equipment: Cars CA-6 class caboose #25370
Builder, Cars Union Pacific
Collection Martin Burwash Collection
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