Highlights from the Thomas F. McIlwraith Collection

We’ve recently posted an album of highlights from the Thomas F. McIlwraith Collection. Shot primarily while McIlwraith was a PhD candidate at UW-Madison, the collection includes great documentation of the Milwaukee Road and Chicago and North Western in the Midwest during the 1960s. In this McIlwraith photograph, one of the Milwaukee Road’s Skytop observation-lounge cars brings up the rear of the “Morning Hiawatha” passenger train as it departs Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for Chicago on Saturday, November 12, 1966. The car is passing under “tell tales” (hanging wires used to warn workers riding car tops) for the Menomonee River drawbridge, visible at right. View the whole album here: https://railphoto-art.org/collections/mcilwraith/

Thomas F. McIlwraith Overview

  • Gift of Thomas McIlwraith
  • 848 color slides
  • 1957 to 2006
  • United States and Canada


Victor Hand’s Erie Lackawanna Railway

A new album from our Victor Hand Collection is available online. This selection features the Erie Lackawanna Railway and includes this image of passenger train no. 1203 at West End (Jersey City) New Jersey, on May 26, 1966. You can visit the gallery page here: https://railphoto-art.org/collections/victor-hand-collection/

Victor Hand Collection Overview

  • Planned Gift of Victor Hand
  • Approximately 46,000 images, mostly black-and-white and color negatives, many of the 4×5 and medium format size
  • Digitization in progress; approximately 25% complete
  • Portraits and action views of diesel and steam locomotives from the 1950s to 2000s
  • Extensive coverage of diesel in the United States, extensive coverage of international steam operations in approximately 36 countries, including France, Mexico, Spain, Germany, South Africa, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and others


Fred Springer’s Austria and Czech Railways

A new album from our Fred M. Springer Collection  is available online. Featuring images from Springer’s travels to Austria and Czech Republic, the album includes this image a worker hanging on to the front of Pinzgauer local train diesel passenger locomotive no. 2095.01 in Krimml, Salzburg, Austria, on May 18, 2001.

Springer Collection Overview

  • Gift of Fred and Dale Springer
  • 8,000 B&W negatives
  • 50,000 color slides
  • 1940s to 2000s
  • Coverage includes six inhabited continents, and especially the southwestern United States, Mexico, and South America

Ted Rose’s Mexican Railways

A new album from our Ted Rose Collection is available online. This album showcases Rose’s atmospheric images of steam operations in Mexico during 1960 and 1961. Special thanks go to Rose’s friend and fellow adventurer, Robert Ludwig, who drew from his own memories, notes, and photographs to identify many of the images in this album. You can view the whole album here: https://railphoto-art.org/collections/rose/mexican-railways/

In this Rose image, National Railways of Mexico 2-8-2 no. 2209 leads a southbound freight train up the grade up to Zacatecas, Mexico on August 17, 1961.

Rose Collection Overview

  • Gift of Polly Rose
  • 4,400 black-and-white prints and negatives
  • 1950s and 1960s action shots of steam locomotives
  • Coverage focuses on the late steam-era in the midwestern United States, Mexico, the Canadian Prairies, and Guatemala

Donald W. Furler’s Erie Railroad

A new album from our Donald W. Furler Collection  is available online. It features Erie Railroad and includes this Erie Railroad 2-8-4 steam locomotive no. 3321 pulling a westbound freight train through Sloatsburg, New York, on May 12, 1940. Visit our website for the entire album: https://railphoto-art.org/collections/furler/erie-railroad/

Furler Collection Overview

  • Gift of Alan G. Furler
  • Approximately 5,000 images, mostly black-and-white negatives, many of the 5×7 size, as well as color slides in later years
  • Portraits and action views of steam locomotives, primarily in the 1930s to 1950s
  • Extensive coverage of the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as Appalachia and eastern Canada
  • Railroads include the Erie, Delaware & Hudson, Jersey Central, Lehigh & Hudson River, Lehigh & New England, Lehigh Valley, New York Central, New York Ontario & Western, Reading, Lackawanna, Baltimore & Ohio, and Western Maryland