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The Center’s journal, Railroad Heritage®, and other publications fill a unique niche: using photographs and art to inform the public and rail enthusiasts alike about the influence of railroads on economic growth and development, popular culture, and the lives of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who built and maintain North America’s railroads. Excellent images and highly researched and thoughtful writing characterize our publications. We launched Railroad Heritage in 2000 and now publish four issues annually, which our members receive for free as a benefit of membership. You can purchase previous issues here or by printing and mailing the order form (pdf).

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Railroad Heritage, Fall 2017: Richard Koenig, Political Cartoons

Photographer Richard Koenig reflects on “Growing up in Railroad Vacuum” and the value of mentorships with his story and photographs from Indiana and Illinois in the late 1970s. Koenig now teaches art at Michigan’s Kalamazoo College and is working on a project about the original transcontinental railroad. Mark Aldrich, a retired economics professor from Smith College, explores railroad political cartoons from the late 19th and early 20th century in “The Pen is Mightier than the Locomotive.” Jordan Radke, archives manager, offers further insights into copyright concerns surrounding photography and art in his regular “Out of the Archives” column, while Arjan den Boer shares more about European railway poster art in his column. The issue also includes book reviews and a roundup of the Center’s six traveling exhibitions currently on tour.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 50, Fall 2017

Railroad Heritage, Summer 2017: J. Craig Thorpe, Conversations, Digitizing

Artist J. Craig Thorpe presents his work and art’s role in portraying the future of railroading in his cover story, “Painting the Possible.” Thorpe was a featured presenter at Conversations 2016, and we are delighted to provide this extension of his highly-regarded talk at the conference. In an expanded edition of the regular “Out of the Archives” column, Scott Lothes and Jordan Radke share the Center’s latest developments in how we digitize slides and negatives. You can also see a full recap of our highly successful Conversations 2017 conference thanks to the writing of David C. Lester and photography of Henry A. Koshollek. Arjan den Boer looks at the Trans Europ Express in his regular column about European railway posters, while John Kelly reviews the second edition of Elrond Lawrence’s Route 66 Railway.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 49, Summer 2017

Plowden Exhibition in Alabama

The Center’s traveling exhibition, Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden, opens today at the University of Alabama’s Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in Tuscaloosa. The exhibit will be on display through June 24. It features thirty meticulously-crafted black-and-white prints, made by Plowden himself, of steam locomotives in the United States and Canada, as well as their environments and the people who operated them.

“We are delighted to have David Plowden’s railroad photography featured at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum,” says Scott Lothes, president and executive director of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art.

Admission to the exhibit is free, and you can read more on the museum’s site.

Canadian Pacific no. 5145, by David Plowden