Dear Friends, Happy New Year! I trust that you all had a wonderful and restful holiday and have settled into the New Year. Finishing out the last quarter of 2012 proved incredibly productive for the Mainline Project. While continuing work with many wonderful people at Amtrak for a second year I have begun building new relationships, with noted preservationist Bennett Levin and Eric Levin of Conrail Shared Assets opening many new opportunities. In addition, the release of the NRHS Bulletin article on the Mainline Project and the invitation to present lectures for several events ended 2012 with a promising start to the New Year.
In 2013 we will continue the tour of the Pennsylvania Railroad, focusing on the Philadelphia Division’s fabled Low Grade route east from Columbia, Pennsylvania as well as the mainline from Royalton to Philadelphia. With new content and added historical imagery you can expect a more rounded look at the history and current operations of this important division of the PRR. I have already started making new images this year continuing documentation of the extensive infrastructure along the mainline to finish out the Harrisburg – Philadelphia segment and expand upon my work in the Philadelphia Terminal and New York Divisions for future posts.
In addition to research, writing and photography, this year marks an exciting chapter for the project with the opportunity to present my imagery and research in three lectures scheduled for the winter and early spring. See below for details on these upcoming events!
From the Mainline: Exploring the former Pennsylvania Railroad today.
January 28th, 2013 7:30 PM
Though modern imagery inspired by railroad photographer William H Rau, the presentation will explore the unique landscape and vernacular associated with the Standard Railroad of the World.
West Jersey Chapter, National Railway Historical Society
625 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights NJ 08035
Understanding the Pennsylvania Railroad: Contemporary photographs in response to the historic works of William H Rau.
March 7th, 2013
This lecture will look directly at W.H. Rau’s photographs of the Pennsylvania Railroad made in the 1890's exploring their impact on the Mainline Project to understand the importance of dialog between the historic and contemporary photographer. Details to follow.
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Conversation on Photography Annual Conference
April 12th – 14th, 2013
The Center for Railroad Photography and Art hosts this annual conference. The Center has become America’s foremost organization for interpreting the intersection of railroad art and culture with America’s history and culture.
I will discuss the ongoing photographic project (2007- present) From the Mainline, exploring the transitioning landscape along the Pennsylvania Railroad from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh highlighting the unique vernacular of facilities and infrastructure built by the former Standard Railroad of the World. Details to follow.
Lake Forest College, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forrest, IL 60045
I look forward to sharing another year of history and stories from the great Pennsylvania Railroad. I encourage you all to stay in touch and please feel free to share your stories and experiences with the railroad. I am only one person in the fraternity of countless historians and enthusiasts of our railroad heritage; it is exciting for me to understand a railroad that I never had the good fortune to experience though the oral histories and photographs of others!
As always, thank you for your time and support!