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Old photos, 5/2011 edition

By DAN ROBINSON
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Here are two scans of old 35mm photos from the early 1990s, taken with my then-new Pentax K-1000 SLR (the camera - a graduation gift from my Grandfather - that started my weather expeditioning career).

I-70/I-79 interchange, Washington, PA - June 1993

I-70 and I-79

This photo is one of the very first I took with my new Pentax in the summer of 1993. This is a time exposure of the I-70/I-79 interchange east of Washington, Pennsylvania, looking west over I-70 from the Lakeview Drive bridge. The notorious sharp curve from northbound I-79 to westbound I-70 is visible on the right center part of the photo. The guardrail of the Lakeview Drive bridge is in the lower right. In December 2005, a section of this bridge (very close to, if not right under, where I was standing for this photo) suddenly collapsed onto the highway below. My brother and I happened to be home at my parents' for Christmas only a few miles away, and made it to the site to gather photos and video that aired on national TV the next day.

Amtrak in Montgomery, WV from WVIT dorm - winter 1994

Amtrak in Montgomery, WV

If I've accomplished anything in life, I've been able to secure bragging rights as having lived closer to railroad tracks than most people I know. During three semesters of my years at WV Tech in Montgomery, I lived in a second-floor dorm in Maclin Hall that faced toward the street and CSX (ex-C&O) railroad tracks just 100 feet outside. Here, Amtrak's eastbound Cardinal led by a classic F40PH (long out of service now) passes by outside my window sometime in early 1994. Typical early 1990s student artifacts are on the desk - a Coke, a bag of chips and a Brother typewriter (it would be 3 more years before I owned a computer). Maclin Hall is an office building now, being decommissioned as a residence hall after I graduated in 1998. You can appreciate why I love flat prairie landscapes by seeing how the background of this view (like many in this area) is the side of a mountain. I had to get close to the window and look up to see the sky - not good for a storm photographer. Needless to say, I captured very few storm photos when I lived here.

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The following comments were posted before this site switched to a new comment system on August 27, 2016:

1993, 1994, couple of the best years of my life, lived in PA then and know exactly where your first shot was taken. Train looks familiar too as I've rode a few to depart from Harrisburg. Such simpler times though it wasn't all that long ago, bittersweet memories come to mind just from looking at your pictures.
- Posted by Paul from Decatur, IL
Thanks - hard to believe it's been nearly 20 years. Definitely a different time back then.
- Posted by Dan R. from New Baden, IL

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