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Continuity & Change: The Lure of North American Railroads

Continuity & Change: The Lure of North American Railroads is a dazzling publication by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art that explores the photography of contemporary railroading in North America and the passage of time. More than 230 photographs and thirteen essays delve into a wide range of topics: railroads and nature, pathways of commerce, passenger railroading, heritage activities, workers, international connections, continent-crossing networks, and how the passage of time marks both railroads and photography.

That last notion is at the heart of this 384-page book. Railroads and photography came of age together in the nineteenth century and share a dynamic relationship in the twenty-first. That relationship flows from the traditions of both photojournalism and commercial photography, and it is defined today by the paradox of continuity and change.

Drawing from the Center’s talented community of image-makers and from their own lifelong interests in railroads and the visual arts, editors Alexander Craghead and Scott Lothes present a stunning body of work in a lavish production. As a bonus to commemorate the Center’s 25th anniversary, eight foldouts are included with spectacular railroad images that could not be limited to two pages of coverage.

Continuity & Change: The Lure of North American Railroads is a landmark book that makes the compelling case that the union of railroads and photography is as rich and potent as ever.

  • Publication date: September 1, 2022
  • Pre-orders begin here on August 1, 2022
  • Hardcover, 11×11 inches, 384 pages, 230 photographs
  • $65 plus $9 for domestic shipping (It weighs 6.5 pounds!)


Note about publication orders

The Center’s journal, Railroad Heritage®, and other publications fill a unique niche: using photographs and art to inform the public and rail enthusiasts alike about the influence of railroads on economic growth and development, popular culture, and the lives of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who built and maintain North America’s railroads. Excellent images and highly researched and thoughtful writing characterize our publications. We launched Railroad Heritage in 2000 and now publish four issues annually, which our members receive for free as a benefit of membership. You can purchase previous issues here or by printing and mailing the order form (pdf).

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Railroad Heritage, Spring 2022: Huddleston, Shicotte, Wellington Avalanche, and Plowden

Join Gene Huddleston for a tour of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway in the late steam and early diesel era, in a cover story that previews Karen Parker’s presentation about Huddleston at Conversations 2022. The conference will also feature live music by up-and-coming country singer Erik Shicotte, a died-in-the-wool railfan from Wisconsin who Justin Franz profiles in this issue. In “The Railroad and the Art of Place,” Martin Burwash explores the remnants of the 1910 Wellington Avalanche on the Great Northern Railway in Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

This issue also features an interview with David Plowden, along with a special tribute to him and his profound influence on our community of photographers. Fourteen of them share an image and an essay discussing Plowden’s impact on their work. We introduce Elrond Lawrence, who just joined us in the new role of Acquisitions & Marketing Coordinator. He showcases a Santa Fe-inspired public art installation in Monrovia, California, by Christine Geltz. In her “Out of the Archives” column, Adrienne Evans has a Q&A with Erin Rose, a former intern who (re) joined us last fall in the new role of reference and digital projects archivist. Arjan den Boer presents a pair of striking posters for Dutch boat trains. There’s also a book review of John Free’s End of the Line, news of our recent exhibitions and events, and our annual list of donors‐the people who make all of our work possible.

$7.95, 68 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 68: Spring 2022

Book shipping update

The first copies of our latest title, The Railroad and the Art of Place: An Anthology, are (finally) shipping on December 3—more than 100 of them! Thanks to everyone for your orders and your patience. With our book distributor short on labor and unable to fulfill our orders right now, our staff members have stepped in to package and ship our books.

Visit our books page to place your order, and check our sale page for great deals on the remaining stock of books we have featured at previous conferences.

We will make every effort to send books ordered by December 13 to you in time for Christmas.