Note about book orders

Due to the ongoing public health situation, the Center’s offices are opened on a limited basis. We ask for your patience as we work to fulfill your orders. Our staff members are available by phone and email to answer any questions. Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy.

The Railroad Photography of Donald W. Furler

Donald W. Furler helped write the rules of railroad action photography. From taking engine pictures as a teenager in the early 1930s, he joined an elite group of railroad photographers who created a new aesthetic to portray the drama of steam railroading in motion. From the late 1930s through the 1950s, he dedicated nearly all of this free time to documenting operations throughout the northeastern United States and Canada, using a succession of ever-larger cameras for maximum detail and clarity. The Furler Collection is a cornerstone of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s archive, and we are proud to present this monograph.

Scott Lothes, the Center’s president and executive director, wrote the text and selected the photographs. His lead essay examines Furler’s life and photography, his relationship with the first editors of Trains magazine, and the changing railroad landscape of the Northeast. Maps by David Styffe present those railroads as they appeared in 1946 at the height of Furler’s activity and as they are today. Alan G. Furler, the photographer’s son, provides a poignant and personal Afterword.

$60 plus $5 for domestic shipping, hardcover, 10×11 inches, 216 pages, 200 duotone photographs

International shipping is available; please inquire by email at info [at] railphoto-art.org

ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall conference

Due to the ongoing concerns and challenges surrounding the global health situation, we are rescheduling Conversations Northeast at the University of Connecticut from September 19, 2020, to a Saturday to be determined in Fall 2021.

We are now planning to offer an online conference on Saturday, September 19. Registrations will open on June 29. Stay tuned for details.

We hope to “see” you virtually on September 19, and in-person next fall in Storrs, Connecticut.


Erie Lackawanna east of New Milford, Pennsylvania, on October 18, 1974. Photograph by John F. Bjorklund, Bjorklund-54-27-24

Railroad Heritage, Summer 2020: Maps, Utah, Alban, Edmonson

Explore the art of railway and transit maps in the Summer 2020 issue’s cover story by Justin Franz in Railroad Heritage. Three additional feature articles await you. Mark W. Hemphill looks at the Denver & Rio Grande Western’s main line in Utah through the lenses of two talented photographers: George L. Beam and Otto C. Perry. Lee Alban shares how he discovered railroads and rediscovered painting in his second career as a railroad artist. And R.G. Edmonson showcases BNSF in the Texas Panhandle in this installment of “The Railroad and the Art of Place.” In our columns, Arjan den Boer looks at posters advertising station cafés in France in his “Art of the Railway Poster.” Adrienne Evans shares the first of her two-part overview about the history and care of glass plate negatives in “Out of the Archives.” And Hailey Paige chronicles the resounding success of our first-ever online conference, Virtual Conversations 2020, with more than 400 attendees from all over the world.

$7.95, 72 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 61: Summer 2020

Railroad Heritage, Spring 2020: Botkin, Hawkins, Walker

Travel around the world with photographer William E. Botkin in his quest for evocative black-and-white photographs of steam locomotives with the cover story of the Spring 2020 issue of Railroad Heritage. Inside, you can also learn what it takes to make a living as a railway artist with a glimpse into the life and work of Philip D. Hawkins, one of England’s foremost painters of trains. Gregory P. Ames presents the compelling story of a 1903 photograph and its creator, Dudley Walker, while touching on notions of pictorial photography as advertising art as well as evolving gender narratives in railroading. Arjan den Boer takes you all the way back to the Stone Age with his “Art of the Railway Poster” column, while additional columns by Hailey Paige and Adrienne Evans bring you up to date on our traveling exhibitions and collections, respectively. Finally, we share our ever-growing list of annual donors, the people whose generosity make possible all of our work at the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

$7.95, 60 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 60: Spring 2020