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Argust 20th, 2020

This year we loaded the C-3 with a 20-exposure roll of Kodak Panatomic-X, spooled from a bulk roll — expiration date: December 1988! Ye Olde Photographer quite accidentally learned of a small railroad station still extant along the former East Penn Branch of the Reading Railroad in Mertztown and decided that might be interesting. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the day was a clear sunny day with relatively moderate temperatures. So YOP cruised up there to check it out. With a few asides, the 20 exposures were readily consumed.

So following that YOP loaded up a roll of Kodak Tmax 400 and headed further up the way to the town of Macungie, also along the East Penn Branch (now part of Norfolk-Southern). Macungie actually has a "train watching platform," located on the site of the former passenger station and while an open-sided pavilion, it has various frame elements that suggest the outline of the former station. In addition to the track view, there is a nicely done flower garden/park next to the platform that is maintained by a local garden club. It was really at the height of its glory, so YOP captured some of that with B&W film in the C-3 and with a Canon G15 digital. After an hour-plus in Macungie with no trains, we did a walkthrough of the Flower Park and headed home.

The Panatomic-X film was developed in Kodak HC110, Dilution H (1+63) for 8:40 minutes at 70.5ºF.
The Tmax 400 film was developed in Kodak HC110, Dilution H (1+63) for 11:00 minutes at 70ºF.
The "official" submissions from multiple participants may eventually be seen through the Argus Collectors Group site.

As frequently happens with the extremely manual C-3, there was an overlap of a couple of frames, and a skip of one or two frames. We did come home with visible images, so it is hereby declared a successful Argus Day! A selection of the results follows.

For some real excitement, here's a pass by an N-S freight headed toward Allentown, captured with an iPhone 6S. YOP was busy with the C-3 when the first train came by headed the other way, toward Reading. It was too hard to count peeping through the tiny viewfinder on the C-3, but some pictures with the G15 confirm there were six diesels on the head end — a real ground shaker!

Mertztown Station
Mertztown Station
Reading Bound
Reading Bound
Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne's Lace
Macungie Flower Park
Macungie Flower Park
Railfan Alert!
Railfan Alert!
N-S Tracks
N-S Tracks
Mertztown Station
Mertztown Station
Reading Bound
Reading Bound
Macungie
Macungie
Zinnias
Zinnias
Celosia
Celosia