Fred Springer grew up in Houston, Texas, graduated in engineering from Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri, and worked for Mobil Oil Corporation and subsidiary companies. His rail photographs from the early 1940's until 1963 were largely Texas and the Southwest U.S. including New Mexico and Colorado. He had three tours of duty in the New York City headquarters, 1963-67, 1968-76, and 1983-85, at which time he retired and moved back to Texas. After retirement he and his wife, Dale, traveling the world by train, visiting almost every country in South America and Europe plus South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Syria, Australia, and New Zealand . When he lived in Texas he made many trips to Mexico when steam was still alive in the 1960's and 70's.