By Railfan & Railroad Staff
The Center for Railroad Photography & Art launched its new collections management system this week, which allows visitors to explore its collection of railroad images that now numbers in the hundreds of thousands.
The Odyssey online portal was selected in June 2022 by CRP&A staff members to house digitized images from its collections. Over the past year, the archives team has worked closely with the platform’s developers to customize and implement the software. Users can explore all of the Center’s images that are currently available in its Flickr galleries, but now collected in a single location — as well as new offerings from John Gruber, Stan Kistler, David Mainey, and Jim Shaughnessy, with more to come from Richard Steinheimer and many others.
“The Center’s archives and digitization efforts have grown tremendously over the past few years, and Odyssey’s large storage capacity limit offers opportunities for even further collection development,” said Adrienne Evans, director of archives and collections. “We recently finished migrating all of our digital collections from Flickr to Odyssey and we’re excited to introduce everybody to the new portal. Being a new system, we’ll constantly make improvements as we expand the galleries to include more images from our growing collections.”
“After a lengthy search and implementation process, we’re excited to begin sharing more of our collections through Odyssey,” said Scott Lothes, president and executive director. “Our collections team has digitized tens of thousands of photographs in the past couple of years alone. We have so much to share with you.”
The collection can be found here.