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Heartland Sunrise

Sunrise in Iowa
Dawn breaking over the Union Pacific Railroad's (ex-Chicago & North Western) mainline at Colo, Iowa, in October 1995. The photograph captures a rare quiet moment on the busy line, which is Union Pacific's principle route going west from Chicago. The rich colors in the sky, reflected in the rails, contrast with the dark land, while the four rails converging to the single vanishing point create a yearning for distant places, the very feeling that railroads brought to small towns across the country. Barely distinguishable in the distance are signals, while the outline of a farm appears along the horizon at left. In 2008, this photograph was selected as one of the "100 Greatest" ever published in Trains magazine.
Alternate Title Iowa Mainline at Sunrise, 1995 (editor's title)
Source Brian Solomon, Monson, Massachusetts
Coverage Spatial, Colo, Iowa; Temporal, October 1995
Rights Brian Solomon
Date Created 1995
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Colo, Iowa
Creator Description Since 1996, Solomon has authored more than 30 books including: North American Railroad Bridges, Working on the Railroad, Amtrak, Railroad Signaling, Railroad Photography, Railway Masterpieces, The American Steam Locomotive, and America’s Railroad Stations. He served as the editor of Pacific Railnews for Pentrex Publishing in Waukesha, Wisconsin for several years, before embarking on a career as a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in many railroad publications.
Collection Brian Solomon Collection
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