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Front of DSB Litra E-994 Steam Locomotive

Steam Locomotives

Steam Locomotives are huge, They are enormous machines made of steel, brass, lead and rubber and smell of coal, soot, steel, oil and grease. Wherever you touch them, you’ll get get dirt on your hands, mostly lubricants.They are ingenious, fascinating and heavy. Speak to a person working with them, and you won’t get away without having to listen to countless anecdotes about the work with these steel workhorses.

The idea for this was article was inspired by the editors fathers passion for steam locomotives – which he largely kept to himself for a long time. But there have been indicators for that, because it was easy to find evidence for it when searching the family’s archives. Here a picture of the editor held by his grandfather. The Photo was probably shot by the editors father.

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The plan was to post a few photos with steam locomotives. A visit at the local Railway Museum, the “Danmarks Jernbanemuseum” in Odense delivered the material to today’s article, even if shooting photos there was quite challenging. The building is much too small and the exposed object much too large. The photographer has to take into account that these machines are of considerable size and that bringing appropriate equipment would be of much help. This is the main reason why there aren’t any locomotives in there full size in this article. In stead, rather close-up and detailed photos of mechanics and other parts were chosen for this publication. In black and white, and with lots of contrasts which should highlight the oil, the black steel, the brass and the grease. The photos had to be dirty.

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© 2015 – Oliver Haas-Jensen, All Rights Reserved


Swiss expat, living in the green middle of Denmark since 1992. Family man, amateur photographer and editor of this site. I publish my photographic work from exploring my surroundings, travels and events i attend to in order to share it with the visitors of this site. Welcome to Olivers Film Roll.

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    • Thank you Jacob. I know´, it’s not what i usually do, but i ended up doing this – it just happened, and i must admit, i sort of like the result – and hope it’s the beginning of a path i wanna follow for a while. The contrast, the edges and the overdone sharpness combined with the blurry, it was just my thing this time – and certainly wasn’t planned.


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