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Pocket Watch in Hand of Tidewater Southern Section Foreman, 1962 (editor's title)

Tidewater & Southern foreman's hand and watch
Tidewater Southern Railway section foreman checking his watch to call his crew for lunch, March 12, 1962. The photographer made a series of images of the foreman's hand holding the watch; in 2008, one was selected as one of the "100 Greatest" ever published in Trains magazine. The simple image powerfully combines the grit of railroad work with the importance of time; railroads brought standardized time zones to the United States and Canada in 1883. The Tidewater Southern ran 48 miles through California's Central Valley from Stockton to Turlock. It is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Source Shirley Burman
Coverage Spatial, Escalon, California; Temporal, March 12, 1962
Rights Richard Steinheimer/Shirley Burman
Date Created 1962-03-12
Resource Type
Extent 11 in. x 12 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Escalon, California
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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