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August 14, 2018
The new Conversations West 2018, to be held at the co-hosting California State Railroad Museum on September 21-22, 2018, is a full day of presentations about railroad photography and art focusing specifically on the American West.
August 8, 2018
No one told Jim Shaughnessy to go out and take great photos. He wasn’t influenced by his contemporaries. He simply followed his passions. This book is a spectacular retrospective of his work, and an overdue tribute to a photographer that has not sought the limelight, yet deserves it all the same.
July 17, 2018
Part of a fleet of steam locomotives ordered from Alco in 1922, narrow gauge K-28 2-8-2 no. 476 would enjoy a long career for the Rio Grande and later the Durango & Silverton.
July 10, 2018
Built up along the James River, approximately 200,000 residents call Richmond, Va., home. The city may be small, but has an abundant amount of CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak trains to photograph.
June 19, 2018
Lhoist North America’s former Franklin Minerals line between Crab Orchard and Rockwood, Tennessee, is sixteen miles of pure scenery, inhabited by a fleet of unique high-hood General Electric B23-7 diesels.
May 18, 2018
Is the lowly EMD GP9 worthy of praise? With all the charm of a battleship and the aesthetics to match, these unsung warhorses have all but disappeared from the American railroad landscape over the last 20 years.
May 18, 2018
Caltrain commute trains are the lifeline of San Francisco, carrying thousands in and out the city each day. With electrification of the busy corridor on the horizon, the landscape of Peninsula railroading is about to dramatically change.
April 20, 2018
BNSF Railway has just completed a double-tracking project on the busy “Funnel” freight route between Spokane and Sandpoint. Bruce Kelly explains the upgrades to this critical route.
April 17, 2018
When designer Leland Knickerbocker created the “warbonnet” paint scheme for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, it was a stroke of marketing genius. Even more, it became one of the most easily identifiable schemes in history.
March 26, 2018
Pioneer Rail’s late owner and president, Guy L. Brenkman, had a warm spot in his heart for covered wagons. Prior to his death, he was visibly proud of the two FP9A units painted and lettered for Pioneer’s Peoria & Western Railway.