Ostermann has taken his presentation to several audiences in Ontario. Before one presentation he was interviewed by the “Action Hobbies Kingsville Blog” and noted “I was heavily influenced by the work of O. Winston Link. In the early 1980’s, I did a fair amount of night action photography primarily using black and white medium format film. I’ll be showing an awful lot of that from St Thomas. We used to do most of our photography in the middle of the night. The earlier flash bulb technology that I used 30 years ago utilized spools of wire running all over the place…” Read the entire interview…
Ostermann ended his presentation by saying that he had heard that there was a group planning to purchase the MCR Railway Bridge for creation of an elevated park. He shared several shots he had taken of the High Line Elevated Park in New York City, noting the enjoyment and recreational opportunity that has been gained with reclamation of that rail line, and with similar projects in several locations.
"Whatever Happened to St. Thomas?" It would be nice if, a few years from now, we could be sitting down to a presentation of Ostermann's photographs documenting the creation of the remarkable St. Thomas Elevated Park from a piece of our railway heritage, with the answer, "This is What Happend to St. Thomas". (Find out more about the St. Thomas Elevated Park Project….)
“Whatever Happened to St. Thomas?” was presented by the Elgin Railway Museum (519-637-6284) and the North American Railway Hall of Fame.