Railroad Heritage, Fall 2015: New York, Midwest, Rail Art

Railroad Heritage 42, Fall 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of Railroad Heritage includes three main features, plus a new column. Photographer Victor Hand shares a gallery of his work from around New York City. There’s a memoir and photographs by Charles McCreary about growing up around trains in the Upper Midwest. Peter Mosse recasts his 2015 Conversations presentations with an in-depth look at the first hundred years of rail art, drawing from his extensive collection. To keep you better apprised of our archiving work, we launched a new column with this issue, “Out of the Archives.” The first installment looks at organization and metadata from the work of our two summer interns in Madison.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage, Summer 2015: Kahler, Mexico, Mailly

Railroad Heritage 41, Summer 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of Railroad Heritage recaps Conversations 2015 and includes three feature articles. Inspired by O. Winston Link and others, Architect David Kahler looks for art in the everyday scenes along Norfolk Southern’s Pocahontas District in West Virginia in the 1990s. Frank Barry recounts his independent travels in Mexico to photograph steam locomotives in the early 1960s. Jordan Radke, the Center’s archives manager, profiles watercolor artist Margaret Mailly (1930–2014), who prolifically painted railroads and railroaders during the last two decades of her life.

$7.95, 48 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage, Spring 2015: Lamb, Colter, La Posada, Awards

Railroad Heritage 40, Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of Railroad Heritage features a two-part look at Fred Harvey architecture along the Santa Fe Railway. John Kelly explores the life of architect and designer Mary Colter, hired by the Harvey Company in the early 1900s. Joel Jensen investigates Allan Affeldt’s restoration of her crowning achievement, the La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona. John Gruber profiles noted photographer and 2015 conference presenter J. Parker Lamb. Winners of the 2014 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Award are displayed, including the first-prize photograph by Eric Williams, taken on the weekend of Conversations 2014.

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Railroad Heritage, Winter 2015: Western Pacific, “Stations”

Railroad Heritage 39, Winter 2015

Railroad Heritage is growing! The winter 2015 issue is forty-eight-pages, and we intend this to be the norm. Dick Dorn’s chilling image from the Western Pacific is a fitting cover. Dorn and fellow photographers Ted Benson, Dale Sanders, and Dave Stanley have produced a new book on the WP, 72-82: Western Pacific’s Final Decade, published by White River Productions. They are presenters at Conversations 2015, and the issue includes a preview of their work. The Center’s new archives manager, Jordan Radke, has finished processing the color photography in our Fred M. Springer Collection, and Radke presents an overview of this remarkable body of work, which spans six continents. Den Adler takes us back to the mid-19th century with the life and times of German artist Franz Hölzlhuber, who spent five years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and traveled frequently on early American failroads. Finally, 2013 conference presenter Matt Kierstead takes a deep look at Michael Flanagan’s book, Stations, and the methodology behind Flanagan’s evocative paintings. An additional story by John Gruber looks into the life of Santa Fe car repairman Robert Hill, photographed by Jack Delano, while in another short feature, railroad executive Henry Posner III and artist Mitch Markovitz discuss the painting ¡Lesivo!, prepared by Markowitz at Posner’s request.

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Railroad Heritage, Fall 2014: Young Photographers, St. Louis

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Examining the future of railroad photography, writer David Lester answers the question of whether the younger generation is losing interest in railroad photography with, “Not a chance.” Lester interviews six photographers ranging in age from 18 to 30 in his cover feature, which assesses their interests and priorities, and displays the great passion they bring to the field. Incidentally, the cover photograph by Amanda Oakes is only the second time the work of a woman photographer has been featured on the cover of Railroad Heritage. Shirley Burman was the first. In conjunction with the 2014 annual meeting of the Lexington Group in Transportation History in St. Louis, there is an eight-page gallery of St. Louis railroad photographs by Center member Dick Neumiller, highlighting the Gateway City’s colorful railroads and especially its pre-Amtrak passenger trains. Three short features round out the issue. As part of our ongoing coverage of railroads and World War II in conjunction with our Railroaders exhibition at the Chicago History Museum, Center editorial consultant Jack Holzhueter shares his reflections on the patriotic imagery found in wartime dining car menus, which come from the collection of member John Kelly. Artist Elaine Wilson describes her project Charting the Wolverine of watercolors and maps highlighting Amtrak’s route across Michigan. Finally, as a follow-up to the spring issue profile on photographer Blair Kooistra, one of his former traveling and photography companions, Scott Bontz, shares his memories and photographs of their time together. Bontz has been never considered himself a railfan, and he brings an interesting perspective of an “outsider” to the pursuit of railroad photography.

$7.95, 36 pages, color and b/w