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Ken Smith PhotographyBy Ken Smith Photography
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Ken Smith PhotographyBy Ken Smith Photography
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About

The Sierra Railway #3 is a beautifully restored 4-6-0 built in 1891 and has been featured in dozens of movies, TV shows, and TV commercials. One of the most famous TV shows that this locomotive appeared in was Petticoat Junction.  

Normally, the Sierra Railroad only runs 3 miles out of historic Jamestown, CA (which is about 2 hours from Sacramento, CA) under the operations of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park as a small excursion train but, for this first ever privately coordinated photo shoot, I will have access to all 50 miles of the railroad to shoot on.  

There are a number of historic buildings including a very photographic roundhouse with 4 other steam locomotives to pose, a water tank and a freight depot, all which will be great for both day and night shooting.  The photography event is proposed to take place April 26-28, 2015.

Engineer reaching for his water bag
Engineer reaching for his water bag

Actors and props will also be used for this first ever event and photo run by's will be strategically planned out in advance.

Engineer and Conductor checking their departure time
Engineer and Conductor checking their departure time

Daylight flood lamps will be used for night photography to create dramatic night time scenes.

Similar roundhouse and locomotive night photo using daylight flood lamps
Similar roundhouse and locomotive night photo using daylight flood lamps

 I own all my professional gear and can rent anything needed out of the ordinary. This project is not about getting new gear. It is about covering the expenses for airfare, hotel, car rental, and other expenses directly associated with making this project a reality. This will be the first time that this has taken place on the Sierra Railway.

Engineer adding water as the Fireman stands by watching
Engineer adding water as the Fireman stands by watching

So, why is it so important for me to photograph this railroad? Sadly, these iron horses are quietly going away at an alarming rate not only in the United States, but all over the world. The continually climbing costs to maintain and operate steam locomotives in the US are forcing many small operating steam excursion lines to either convert to diesel motive power or completely shut down all together. Today, many legendary steam locomotives are sitting outside just rusting away. I want my work to re-kindle the love and romance of steam trains and to make the public aware that their support in riding the rails keeps these gentle giants running.

A locomotive sits rusting away in Chama, NM
A locomotive sits rusting away in Chama, NM

This is one of the main reasons that I want to do this photo shoot.  Sure, it's a first of its kind.  But, it is also a chance to document this railroad in a way not done before and in a way, a chance for me to help keep the interest in steam train operations in the US alive, so more locomotives don't end up like the one above.

Believe it or not, this railroad is on the endangered species list.  While Railtown is part of the California State Park System, the California State Park System is willing to have the park remain open, but has completely cut off all state funding. Railtown and assets must now find alternative operational funding.  Currently, only one steam locomotive still operates and it does so on a limited basis.

I believe that my artwork can be a tool to capturing a nostalgic part of our American heritage, further educate railfans, and help save these breathing machines from becoming rusty relics.

For the $500.00 and $1000.00  investment rewards, your finished artwork that is float mounted to wood will be produced and shipped directly from Duraplaq in Longmont, CO.  This company does all of my fine art mounting and shipping.  Feel free to contact Duraplaq directly for additional product information or if you want to contact them about me.

Disclaimer:

Photos and actors appearing in this project promotional are from former projects that I have photographed on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, and the Colorado Railroad Museum and are not images from the Sierra Railway.  All photos were taken by me.

Risks and challenges

As in any outdoor photography shoot, mother nature can be unexpected. However, even if the elements are a factor for wide open vista's, photo sessions can be created both inside the roundhouse (as is shown with the image shown in this project) to close up shots outdoors keeping with a nostalgic feel.

I own all my professional gear and can rent anything needed out of the ordinary should anything supernatural or unexpected comes up.

During post production of the photographs, I plan to do a variety assortment of color, vintage, and painterly options, creating a vast variety of fine art options for my patrons.

Finally, all investors from Kickstarter can choose any image from this shoot, or any other image I have in my current portfolio, so you can feel safe in your investment. Even should an emergency or act of God happen to take place preventing the photo opportunity from happening at all, you can still get your rewards fulfilled from any image in our current on line gallery listed on our website.

So, as an investor, you have nothing to risk! You can select your investment image(s) even from our current gallery. Please make a difference and invest in this project.

*******************Music in the video is by Chris Zabriskie********************

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    You will receive a 24x36 photograph float mounted to a wood substrate, signed and numbered with a Certificate of Authenticity. Your fine art finished piece will be ready to hang in your home or office. Each finished piece will have a laminate and UV coating applied to the finish giving a very contemporary museum quality finish.

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