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Colorado & Southeastern Locomotive and Smoke Plume (editor's title)

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Colorado & South Eastern train
A short line train apparently moving slowly through a western landscape. The massive smoke plume suggests that the photographer requested the fireman "turn on the smoke." (If the fuel is burning well, there should not be a lot of smoke.) Rustic rail telegraph poles appear on the right. Fences, cattle, and another set of poles appear on the left. The fireman stands atop the tender. The small locomotive indicates that image is of a short line.

Clegg worked with Lucius Beebe on many books, as photographer and collaborator. Short lines that connect to main lines were numerous when this photograph was taken for the book Mixed Train Daily (1947).

Beebe took three-quarter wedge views of moving stock before he met Clegg, then Clegg himself adopted the angle. He also adopted Beebe's preference for large smoke plumes and helped make them an iconic image of railroading. The flat landscape offered an opportunity to emphasize the train over the surroundings.
Source California State Railroad Museum
Coverage Spatial, near Delagua, Colorado; Temporal, c. 1944
Rights California State Railroad Museum
Date Created c1944
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Near Delagua, Colorado
Depicted Occupation
Image Type Train in landscape
Train Type Freight train
Equipment, Locomotive 2-6-0 Mogul No. 2
Equipment: Cars Steam locomotive
Builder, locomotive Baldwin No. 23734, built 2/1904
Creator Description Charles M. Clegg, Jr. (1916-79), an author, photographer, and railroad historian, is yoked with Lucius M. Beebe, his lifelong companion with whom he collorabored on railroad books. Like Beebe, he came from an old American family. He is known to have taken photography classes at the Brooklyn YMCA with famous photographer J. Ghislain Lootens. Clegg's work showed a technical proficiency sometimes lacking in Beebe's photographs. With Beebe, he revived the "Territorial Enterprise" in Virginia City, Nevada, in 1950. He and Beebe sold the paper in 1961 and purchased a second home near San Francisco.
Comments C&SE was abandoned in November 1952.
Collection Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg Collection
Where Published Photo of same railroad by Lucius Beebe published in "Highball" (1945), page 150.
Image ID BC negative 3789
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