Donald W. Furler’s Erie Railroad

A new album from our Donald W. Furler Collection  is available online. It features Erie Railroad and includes this Erie Railroad 2-8-4 steam locomotive no. 3321 pulling a westbound freight train through Sloatsburg, New York, on May 12, 1940. Visit our website for the entire album: http://www.railphoto-art.org/collections/furler/erie-railroad/

Furler Collection Overview

  • Gift of Alan G. Furler
  • Approximately 5,000 images, mostly black-and-white negatives, many of the 5×7 size, as well as color slides in later years
  • Portraits and action views of steam locomotives, primarily in the 1930s to 1950s
  • Extensive coverage of the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as Appalachia and eastern Canada
  • Railroads include the Erie, Delaware & Hudson, Jersey Central, Lehigh & Hudson River, Lehigh & New England, Lehigh Valley, New York Central, New York Ontario & Western, Reading, Lackawanna, Baltimore & Ohio, and Western Maryland

Register now for Conversations West

In conjunction with co-host California State Railroad Museum, the Center for Railroad Photography & Art is proud to announce a special western regional conference in Sacramento, California. This one-day event will be held at the museum on Saturday, September 22, and will feature a full day of presentations about railroad photography and art in the western United States, and several opportunities to socialize with other attendees including a closing reception on Saturday evening. Events will kick off on the evening of Friday, September 21, with an opening reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for the Center’s newest traveling exhibition, Beebe & Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy. Register now with the PayPal button at right or visit the conference page to learn more.

Robert Hadley’s Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

Another album from our Robert A. Hadley Collection of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is available online including westbound B&O engine no. 6179 at crossing near Fostoria, Ohio. Visit our website for the entire album: www.railphoto-art.org/collections/hadley/baltimore-and-ohio-railroad

The Center needs your help identifying the missing pieces in several of our Hadley images. If there are specific locations, dates, or details that you know please email info@railphoto-art.org or comment on our Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/railphotoart/albums

Hadley Collection Overview

  • Gift of Apex Foundation
  • 6,618 black and white negatives
  • 1930s to 2000s
  • Coverage includes the United States, England, and Canada with particular emphasis on Michigan and the Upper-Midwest, as well as Colorado and Wyoming
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Robert Hadley’s Burlington Northern

The next batch of selections from our Robert A. Hadley Collection are available online featuring this Burlington Northern Railroad freight train at Omaha, Nebraska, in May 1990. Visit our website for the entire album: www.railphoto-art.org/collections/hadley/burlington-northern-railroad

The Center needs your help identifying the missing pieces in several of our Hadley images. If there are specific locations, dates, or details that you know please email info@railphoto-art.org or comment on our Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/railphotoart/albums

Hadley Collection Overview

  • Gift of Apex Foundation
  • 6,618 black and white negatives
  • 1930s to 2000s
  • Coverage includes the United States, England, and Canada with particular emphasis on Michigan and the Upper-Midwest, as well as Colorado and Wyoming

New Center Book Features Outstanding Beebe/Clegg Photography

Beebe and Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy, a new book from the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, tells about how partners Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg introduced railroad photography and the world of railroading to wide popular audiences. The authors, John Gruber and John Ryan assisted by Mel Patrick, bring the best of their photographic work together in one book for the first time, using high quality duotone printing.

The 224-page book goes on sale for $59.95 at the Center’s Conversations conference April 13–15 at Lake Forest (Illinois) College. Copies may be ordered on the Center’s website and will be shipped immediately after the conference. A traveling exhibit is in the works.

Beebe (1902–1966) was known for the three-quarters or wedge of pie perspective in his photography. Clegg (1916–1979) introduced a more innovative outlook, boosting creativity for both of them. Their photographs shine in this new book, produced with the best of modern digitization, design, and printing techniques.

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Lucius Beebe, left, and Charles Clegg pose along the tracks of the Southern Pacific narrow gauge in the Owens Valley of California in the 1940s. Courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum, BC3411