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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Expanded, 36-page issue featuring an in-depth look at current trends among railroad artists by Alexander Craghead. The article includes interviews with and sample work from twenty-three artists as well as analysis and context from arts editors and museum curators. Center member Richard “Dick” Neumiller shares a gallery of historic and colorful photographs depicting Kansas City’s railroads in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, in conjunction with the 2013 annual meeting of the Lexington Group in Transportation History, hosted by the Kansas City Southern Railway. Read John Gruber’s story of Frank Williams, an African-American from Mississippi who came north to become a freight car repairman for Illinois Central in Chicago and the patriarch of a large and successful Chicago family. He is one of the fifty portrait subjects featured in the Center’s exhibition of Jack Delano’s World War II railroad photographs at the Chicago History Museum.
$9.95, 36 pages, color and b/w
In-depth look at the steam locomotive in American culture, from the country’s first railroads to the present day, with a focus on nineteenth and early twentieth century paintings. The article also includes photographs by Joel Jensen and David Plowden. Read the story of John Walter, a Chicago & North Western conductor in businessman’s clothes, who invested well and retired to Wisconsin after a long career on the C&NW working out of Proviso Yard, just west of Chicago. He is one of the fifty portrait subjects featured in the Center’s exhibition of Jack Delano’s World War II railroad photographs at the Chicago History Museum. There is also a recap of the wildly-successfull Conversations about Photography 2013 and a book review of Glenn P. Willumson’s Iron Muse by Kevin Keefe, a Center board member and editorial vice president of Kalmbach Publishing.
$7.95, 28 pages, color and b/w
Preview of Conversations about Photography 2013, including a profile of presenter Steve VanDenburgh, written by David C. Lester. Lorenz Degen of Switzerland provides a biographical sketch and selected photographs of Fred Eidenbenz, a Swiss immigrant who photographed American railroads extensively in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Center executive director Scott Lothes offers an overview of preserving railroad photographs, including steps you can take to prepare your own photography collection for archiving and preservation.
$7.95, 24 pages, color and b/w.
Profile of Norfolk Southern’s recently appointed company photographer, Casey Thomason, a presenter at Conversations about Photography 2013. (A full-time photography position at a railroad? Shades of the past! And very welcome, too.) There is also a spread of Hal Lewis’s work from the 1950s until recently, especially notable because (1) he has given his photographs and negatives to the Center, and (2) because he was in the forefront of making railroad photography and railfandom into a diverse racial community. Then there’s an exceptionally rare 1850s daguerreotype of an Illinois Central locomotive at Bloomington, Illinois. More than 160 years of railroad photography represented in one issue.
$7.95, 24 pages, color and b/w.