It is currently Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:54 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Johnny Cash photo locomotive?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:47 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:46 pm
Posts: 1906
Location: Pac NW, via North Florida
I’ve seen a close-up version of this photo of Johnny cash plenty of times (it was a Life magazine cover and album cover as well), but I just found a more complete version, showing the rest of the locomotive, looks like a cold engine somewhere with some fake steam piped in from the left: Image
Does anyone know where this was taken and which 4-8-4 it is/was?

_________________
Lee Bishop


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Johnny Cash photo locomotive?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:12 pm 

Joined: Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:07 pm
Posts: 965
Location: Leicester, MA.
http://www.ncstl.com/576/576today.htm
That would be the NC&STL 576. Supposedly (from what I've heard), there is still asbestos under the jacketing. I can only imagine what that has done for the boiler. It's just sad...

_________________
Dylan M. Lambert


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Johnny Cash photo locomotive?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:21 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2004 2:46 pm
Posts: 1906
Location: Pac NW, via North Florida
Boy, don't I feel foolish.
I saw this engine less than a month ago! Why it didn't occur to me which locomotive this could have been, sort of baffles me now, given the location.
I wish I'd gotten a shot of me leaning on the same spot, had I known this at the time.
There's a Johnny Cash museum downtown Nashville, it's odd they had no mention of this as it's a pretty well-known photo of the man, with a local connection.

_________________
Lee Bishop


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Johnny Cash photo locomotive?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:06 pm 

Joined: Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:42 pm
Posts: 2435
I recall wondering about that album cover as a kid. Not the location so much as the train makeup. The string of silver painted coaches looked to be a work train? I wonder if that was intentional, or they just happened to be going by?


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Johnny Cash photo locomotive?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:49 am 

Joined: Sat Aug 28, 2004 3:25 am
Posts: 1025
The caboose appears to be a Southern Pacific bay window type. My first thought was that the scene is on the Colton-Palmdale line, but the LP was issued in 1960, long before that line was even on the drawing board. Might be Soledad Canyon, which would be the closest location to Hollywood. If indeed that's the location, who would have dreamed that in 35 years, commuter trains would be running through here?

_________________
Bob Davis
Southern California


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Johnny Cash photo locomotive?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:55 am 

Joined: Sat Aug 28, 2004 3:25 am
Posts: 1025
Just received a confirmation that the album cover photo was indeed taken in Soledad Canyon, between Lang and Ravenna. There was even a contemporary view of the scene taken from Soledad Cyn. Rd. (for non-Southern Californians, this is northeast of Los Angeles, near the Vasquez Rocks, scene of many movie location shots.)

_________________
Bob Davis
Southern California


Offline
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


 Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: