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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 2019: After Promontory

The Spring 2019 Railroad Heritage is a special, 60-page issue about the Center’s After Promontory project on transcontinental railroads. Editor Scott Lothes provides a behind-the-scenes look at the project, which started in 2017 and launches this spring for the 150th anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental line. Articles by Alexander Benjamin Craghead, project curator, examine the current status of transcontinental railroads, spotlight a few photographs that just missed the cut, and explore two contemporary trends in railroad photography. Two additional articles feature 19th century photographers: A.J. Russell by Dan Davis, and F. Jay Haynes by Justin Franz. Hailey Paige, exhibitions and events coordinator, gives a rundown of the exhibition schedule for After Promontory as well as other events for the sesquicentennial. The cover photograph by David Styffe shows the Overland Route at Rose Creek, Nevada, in 1984.

$7.95, 60 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 56: Spring 2019

Railroad Heritage, Winter 2019: John Gruber, the First Transcon, Carlos Kirovsky

We mark the passing of CRPA founder and photographer John Gruber with a sampling of his rail images and tributes from friends and colleagues. John A. Kirchner showcases the rail paintings of Brazilian artist Carlos Kirovsky. Photographer Drake Hokanson discusses shooting the first transcontinental route between Omaha and Sacramento. David Lester reflects on the Young Photographers panel held during last year’s Conversations conference. Hailey Paige provides insights into the development of our exhibition, Beebe and Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy. Guest “Out of the Archives” columnist Alexander Benjamin Craghead details how collaborating with various archives helped shape our upcoming project, After Promontory: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Transcontinental Railroading. Arjan den Boer shares the work of poster artist Armand Massonet.

$7.95, 60 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 55: Winter 2019

Railroad Heritage, Fall 2018: After Promontory, Esther Bubley, Conversations West

Curator Alexander Benjamin Craghead gives a preview of our new project, After Promontory: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Transcontinental Railroading, which we are preparing for next year’s sesquicentennial of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Jean Bubley and Laura Handlin present New York’s Third Avenue El in photographs by Esther Bubley, Jean’s aunt. Artist J. Craig Thorpe shares a new painting and his thoughts on the parallels between Interurban and Progressive eras. Hailey Paige previews the presenters for our regional Conversations West conference on September 22 at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. In this installment of “Out of the Archives,” Adrienne Evans shares tips on donating collections to archives. Arjan den Boer showcases two posters for the unique Autorails Bugatti of the 1930s. Finally, we commemorate the passing of a legendary railroad photographer with a tribute to Jim Shaughnessy.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 54: Fall 2018

Railroad Heritage, Summer 2018: Katherine Botkin, Catherine Gibbs

Katherine Botkin “married into” railroad photography and came to make the pursuit her own, having visited more than twenty countries in search of steam. She shares her story and experiences in her cover feature, “What I did for love.” Artist Catherine Gibbs uses railroad imagery to explore themes of both loneliness and hope with vivid, expressionistic paintings that feature bold colors and strong brushstrokes. Author Janusz Mrozek investigates her work in his article, “Railroad expressionism.” This issue’s columns explore metadata, Dutch travel posters, and our new Wallace W. Abbey exhibition. Curator Alexander Benjamin Craghead offers his interpretation of a photograph from our new project, After Promontory: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Transcontinental Railroading, which we are preparing for next year’s sesquicentennial of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. You can also read three book reviews and learn about our own newest book, Beebe and Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 53: Summer 2018