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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 2018: McNair Evans, Stewart Buck, Award Winners

David Lester provides a stimulating commentary on McNair Evans’s thought-provoking photographs as they reflect shared experiences within the American cultural landscape. Evans is a Guggenheim fellow and a featured presenter at Conversations 2018. Kevin P. Keefe highlights the outstanding and vivid pastels of artist Stewart Buck. Winners of the 2017 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program are also presented, featuring the top work in two different categories: “vision from the past” and “by the light of night.” The Center spotlights a new project for next year’s 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad called After Promontory: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Transcontinental Railroading. Archives manager Adrienne Evans offers her thoughts on how to understand and use finding aids in her first “Out of the Archives.” Hailey Paige, exhibitions and events coordinator, introduces a new column called “Inside the Exhibition” to give readers an inside look at one of the Center’s current traveling exhibitions. This edition features Milwaukee’s Beer Line. The Center also announces the publication of a new book featuring the photographs of Wallace Abbey entitled Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 52, Spring 2018

Railroad Heritage, Winter 2018: Evanston Roundhouse, William G. Gordon

For the first issue of 2018, photographer and writer Joel Jensen provides an in-depth look at the restoration and repurposing of the former Union Pacific roundhouse in Evanston, Wyoming, a remarkable example of a community embracing its railroad heritage. Photographer Wayne Depperman reflects on his trackside “friends,” the motor car indicators, which also took him to Evanston. We preview our annual Conversations conference with highlights from the Appalachian steam photography of William G. Gordon, which will be featured at the conference. Jordan Radke’s final installment of “Out of the Archives” introduces some of the concerns surrounding born-digital materials. We also introduce our new archives manager, Adrienne Evans, who looks forward to continuing the column as part of her work on our collections, and we introduce two new staff members. Arjan den Boer examines German railway advertising targeting women travelers in his regular column about European poster art. We also review the new book “A Transportation Miracle” while providing an update on our traveling exhibitions’ 2018 tour schedule.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 51, Winter 2018

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