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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, Spring 2017: Normandin, Heckman, Award Winners

Artist Adam Normandin, a featured presenter at Conversations 2017, is the subject of a profile by David C. Lester. We offer a glimpse of the work of Canadian Pacific photographer Joseph William Heckman, who worked for the railway’s engineering department from 1898 to 1915. A new book by Ralph Beaumont covers Heckman’s photography extensively, and won it the Canadian Railway Historical Association’s annual book award last year. Winners of the 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program are also presented, featuring the top work in two different categories: most evocative images of all-time and recent photographs made with mobile devices. Archives manager Jordan Radke shares highlights of recent collections acquisitions and processing work in his regular “Out of the Archives” column. We also present our 2016 Honor Roll of donors and an interview with Bon French, who chairs our board and has just made an extraordinarily generous and ambitious matching grant. His photograph of a Chicago and North Western empty coal train at Shawnee Junction, Wyoming, under a July 1994 sunset appears on the cover.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 48, Spring 2017

Railroad Heritage, Winter 2017: J.B. Jackson, Fogg on the P&LE, Gotthard Posters

You may not have heard of J.B. Jackson, but his impact on railroad photography has been profound. In the Winter 2017 issue of Railroad Heritage®, Alexander Benjamin Craghead takes an in-depth look at Jackson, his path-breaking work in geography and landscape studies, and his influence on how we view railroads. That includes the work of Jeff Brouws, noted author, photographer, and Center board member, whose view of the ex-Wabash coaling tower in Decatur, Illinois, appears on the cover. Howard Fogg’s paintings of the Pittsburg & Lake Erie Railroad anchor the issue’s other feature article, strikingly set against contemporary photographs of the same scenes by author Jerry W. Jordak. You can read all about our first regional conference, Conversations Northeast, in a review by Steve Barry, editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine. Jordan Radke, archives manager, returns for his regular Out of the Archives column, this time delving into copyright and other matters of intellectual property. With Switzerland’s new Gotthard Base Tunnel coming into regular operation in December 2016, Arjan den Boer’s regular column on European rail travel posters looks back at some of the advertising of the original Gotthard Railway. John Gruber offers a tribute to Hal Lewis, who died in 2016 and whose collection resides in the Center’s archive. You can also read a book review, letters from our readers, and an introduction of Peter Mosse, our newest board member.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 47, Winter 2017

Railroad Heritage, Fall 2016: Connecticut Archive, Missabe Yellowstones, St. Maries River

The Fall 2016 issue of Railroad Heritage® debuts a new look to the magazine—the first extensive redesign in its sixteen-year history. On the cover is Robert LaMay’s night view of Shore Line East F7A no. 6690 in the shops at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1992. LaMay’s photography resides at Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Library, the Center’s partner for Conversations Northeast, a one-day conference at Storrs, Connecticut, on October 29, 2016. Archivist Laura Smith shares more highlights in an article about UConn’s railroad photography. We share some highlights from our own archive with a gallery of J. Parker Lamb photographs of Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range’s 2-8-8-4 “Yellowstone” steam locomotives. Finally, Marc Entze discusses his decade-long project of photographing the timber-hauling St. Maries River Railroad in northern Idaho, a case study of the benefits that can come from taking a very deep look at relatively small place. We discuss the importance of metadata in our regular “Out of the Archives” column and share some suggestions of how to prioritize this tedious but critical part of the archiving process. We also debut a new column on European travel posters by Arjan den Boer, drawing from his outstanding retours.eu website. News, letters, and two new book reviews round out the issue.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 46, Fall 2016

Railroad Heritage, Summer 2016: Glacier Park, Boxcars, Conference, Endowment

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with an in-depth look at the relationship between the Great Northern Railway and Glacier Park in Montana. Author Justin Franz shares an engaging story, lavishly illustrated with his own contemporary photographs and historic images from the unparalleled collection of GN historian Scott Tanner. Artist Charlie Hunter shares railroad paintings and commentary about what he has dubbed “contemporary realism” from an exhibition he curated for Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum. Author David Lester provides thorough reviews of our sold-out Conversations 2016 conference in Lake Forest, Illinois, illustrated by Hank Koshollek’s photographs, and an announcement of the Center’s new endowment fund. Finally, Jordan Radke explains the Center’s redesigned website in his regular “Out of the Archives” column.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 45, Summer 2016