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View Resource 2008 Flood Damage in Wisconsin (editor's title)
Damage to tracks in Wisconsin

Heavy, repeated rains in southern Wisconsin in the first half of June 2008 wrought heavy damage on homes, businesses, highways, and, notably, railroads. (Flooding washed out one highway and embankment that impounded a lake, Lake Delton, a tourist favorite; the lake vanished. It was a dozen miles north of this view. Nearby, Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society closed for the summer because of...

View Resource A Master at Work
Railroad Photography Richard Steinheimer on a Chicago & North Western Railway searchlight signal in Henderson, Minnesota.

Railroad photographer Richard Steinheimer on top of a Chicago & North Western Railway searchlight signal in Henderson, Minnesota. The CNW hired Steinheimer to furnish material for its 1986 calendar. While the picture that was eventually used was from the Powder River Coal Line, the first stop on his tour of locations was the Twin Cities. Chris Burger, who took this photograph, had moved there as...

View Resource A Son Remembers His Father (editor's title)
William Beecher Sr. in locommotive cab

At a "celebration" of the life of their father, William M. Beecher Sr. (1941-2009), his sons distributed this photograph of him at work as a locomotive engineer in 1992. A lifelong railroader for the Milwaukee Road and Soo Line, Beecher hired out in 1968 and retired in late 2001. The sons, William Jr. and Marshall W., are railroaders in Fond du Lac and Chicago. William Jr. took the photograph on...

View Resource Airplane Flying Over Freight Train at Detroit Airport (editor's title)
Airplane and CP freight train

Commercial airliner landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport flying over a Canadian Pacific freight train stopped on Norfolk Southern tracks. The second locomotive on the train had suffered a traction motor failure, and a new crew was called to relieve the original crew. While waiting for the mechanical department to fix the problem, the relief engineer passed the time by photographing aircraft...

View Resource Amtrak Conductor Between New Haven and Boston (editor's title)
Amtrak conductor Lesley Lynch

"Working for a railroad and taking pictures of co-workers was always a plus. Not too many people get paid to watch trains--and get to take pictures, too, but I was frequently in the right place at the right time. Moving the trains always came first, though, and the hobby always came second when I was on the job. The jobs were Attleboro Tower in Massachusetts, South Bay Tower in Boston, New Haven...

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Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund
California State Railroad Museum
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Museum of the Rockies Photo Archive
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