The Saratoga, Corinth and Hudson Railroad – captured in AGFA Scala

I recently received news that the last company capable of developing AGFA Scala 200x B&W slide film will shut its doors soon. With that in mind, I looked through my film stash and found three rolls of 120 and one roll of 35mm. Well, no time like the present to burn those off.

Actually, let’s not say “burn those off.”

The newly-organized Saratoga, Corinth and Hudson Railroad, a tourist train that goes from the old Corinth station to Greenfield and back, has enjoyed some nice success this summer. And I’m feeling like I want to take some pictures of this nicely restored train. And it gives me a good reason to not only use my stash of AGFA Scala film, but also to test out some of my newly-acquired film cameras – including the Nikon F2S 35mm shooter and the Pentacon Six 120 film shooter.

So let’s see what I can achieve.

May 22, 2022. I’m parked near the old mural on Route 9N, the mural that commemorates the old Saratoga and North Creek Railroad – the previous heritage train that closed shop in 2018. I did capture the train on it maiden voyage with my digital gear; but I also wanted to snag some shots of the train with a role of AGFA Scala, which I packed in my Kodak Medalist II camera (“Kodak Red”).

Passing By. Kodak Medalist II camera, AGFA Scala 200x film. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

From there, you can see the restored ALCO-5 locomotive, as well as the picnic table open air car and a couple of the passenger cars. This is a nice spot for train-viewing.

After the train returned to the station, I took some photos while the passengers disembarked. I think this one was the best of the batch.

ALCO-5. Kodak Medalist II camera, AGFA Scala 200x film. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Just a note. I took this photo AFTER the engine was depowered. You can tell when you look at the top of the locomotive; the flags are blowing to the side, not to the back. Even so, I could NEVER enter this picture in competition, as it might encourage others to recreate the shot while the train itself is moving. So I’ll just keep this shot in the pocket and move on.

May 29, 2022. The train crosses over Route 9N at several juncture points; however, I’m at the only spot where the train tracks are not elevated over Route 9N. So this involves a railroad crossing gate. Again, set up the camera and the positioning. This time, I brought my Pentacon Six, which can capture twelve images on 120 film. Ready? Say cheese.

The train arrived at about 12:20 p.m., and I was in the proper place at the proper time.

These were all taken with the Pentacon Six. (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Now there’s two I pulled from this spot that I think are straight-up gold. They are below.

The Coming of ALCO-5. Pentacon Six camera, AGFA Scala 200 film. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

The Saratoga Corinth and Hudson Railroad. Pentacon Six camera, AGFA Scala 200 film. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I will say this. The Pentacon behaved a bit better this time than in previous photo shoots, I had to clip out a nasty light leak in the upper right corner of every photo, though. The camera’s now getting a serious examination my by super-camera tech Allen at CameraWorks.

I still have some shots from my latest excursion into Saratoga County to capture this magnificent beast (those were shot in my Nikon F2S camera), but I’m waiting for those to get developed AND the F2S is getting a nice new leather cover. So we’ll see that soon as well. 😀

But all in all, it’s nice to have a heritage railroad available for photography purposes. And, oh, man, wait until the fall foliage arrives. This will be seriously epic. And in stunning color.