Built around 1926 by ALCO, the C & O ( Chesapeake & Ohio ) Railroad locomotive number 490 was an awesome sight with it’s sleek styling. Trimmed in stainless steel and polished aluminum this machine continues to be a work of art.

Today, C & O 490 can be found in the B & O’s (Baltimore & Ohio) Passenger Car Works shop on the grounds of the museum in Baltimore Maryland. Yes, this is a museum piece now and the fact that it now rest indoors may mean that it’s that much closer to restoration. Just two years ago it was parked out in the elements like C & O 1309.

When you enter the building, which I’ll show in a future post, this massive machine just grabs your attention. It’s a beast! :-)

I truly hope they restore this to it’s glory days.

Camera: Nikon D5000 | Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm | Processing: HDR Efex Pro - Photoshop CS5


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27 Responses to C & O Locomotive 490

  1. Simon Morris says:

    Nice capture Jimi – I like the composition, it has power written all over the loco… excellent!
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  2. Len Saltiel says:

    Very nice shot Jimi. Love the composition and perspective. Gives a sense of how big and powerful it was.
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  3. Curt Fleenor says:

    Love this shot Jimi! The perspective absolutely relays the the loco’s power!
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  4. Ed Prescott says:

    That is totally cool! So do you take a regular pic and then post process into the HDR look? I’d be curious to see a side by side comparisson..:-)
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    • Jimi Jones says:

      Hi Ed.
      Yes, a series of images, usually 3 but sometimes 5 or more are taken and merged together to extend the dynamic range of colors and tones. The images will be at varying exposures.

      Since it’s too much to squeeze into a comment reply, I’ll soon do a post in greater detail. The workflow and processing techniques of many photogs will vary from person to person, but the basic image capture methods will be quite similar.
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  5. Jim Nix says:

    very cool, and nice processing too Jimi!
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  6. Steve Beal says:

    Sweet shot man, I have a huge soft spot for trains!

  7. Max Bronson says:

    I wish they could restore all of the old locomotives. They’re so majestic and are a romantic reminder of the industrial past.
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    • Jimi Jones says:

      I’m with you on that, Max. Many of these surviving train cars are linked to historic and significant pasts. Restoration funds no doubt plays a part, but I’d love to see them all done up and placed in museums for generations to share.
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  8. Kristi Hines says:

    Wow, that thing looks huge. Great perspective!
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  9. Eden says:

    Very nice Jimi :)
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  10. A.Barlow says:

    That’s some really cool color and shine in this shot. Nice work.

  11. Ryan Sexton says:

    I love trains for this perspective. Great shot Jimi.
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  12. That is really cool shot! I love the color! Look very antique! :)
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  13. Dave DiCello says:

    On the money processing here dude, I love all the shininess!
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  14. Simply Ness says:

    Great shot. It seems so powerful.
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  15. Great shot Jimi! Love the color and POV.

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