Wallace W. “Wally” Abbey's interest in photographing railroads started at Cherryvale, Kansas, where he visited his grandparents during World War II. He kept his camera with him as a journalism student at the University of Kansas, associate editor at Trains, and through a succession of progressively more responsible jobs in the railroad industry. This resulted in the award for lifetime achievement in photography from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in 2003. A multi-talented person, he also is known for originating the Soo Line’s red-and-light-grey color scheme of 1962.
Wallace W. Abbey Collection: preservation supported by Trains magazine