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Dan Murray, Milwaukee Road conductor, Malden, Washington, May 1964

Dan Murray at Malden, WA
With fedora in place, pipe and overnight satchel in hand, Dan Murray, a Milwaukee Road conductor at Malden, Washington, waits for incoming train #262. This is possibly the photographer’s finest portrait. Richard Steinheimer openly sought the camaraderie and friendship of railroaders he encountered; he was accustomed to making some type of picture of almost every worker he came in contact with—and routinely gave prints away as an act of gratitude. It was not uncommon to see his photographs on depot office walls across the West. (Text copyright Richard Steinheimer and Jeff Brouws from A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer, W. W. Norton, 2004)
Source Shirley Burman
Coverage Spatial, Malden, Washington; Temporal, May 1964
Rights Richard Steinheimer/Shirley Burman
Date Created 1964
Resource Type
Extent 11 in. x 14 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Malden, Washington
Creator Description Richard Steinheimer (1929-2011) often is called the "Ansel Adams of railroad photography." Steinheimer documented the railroads' heyday and their transition to diesel motive power from steam. He had a particular fondness for the landscape of the American West, and many of his images situate trains in the larger geography and culture of the time. Known for taking pictures at night, in bad weather, and from risky perches on top of moving trains, Steinheimer had an enormous creativity and productivity. His photograph, "Southern Pacific steam helper at Saugus, California, 1947," was included in the Center's 20 Memorable Railroad Photographs of the 20th Century.
Collection Richard Steinheimer/Shirley Burman Collection
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