We’re moving!

We are enjoying a time of expansive growth at the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and we head into the new year heading for new and much larger offices in Madison, Wisconsin. Over the next few weeks, we will be moving out of our three-room suite at 313 Price Place and into an eight-room suite at 1930 Monroe Street. In addition to providing us with the room we need to grow, the move is also something of a homecoming for us. Our original offices were located right down the street at 1914 Monroe. We look forward to returning to our roots while reaching ever higher.

During the move, we ask your patience as we will need extra time to respond to your requests. We look forward to being in touch with you as we settle into our new space, and we hope you will come visit.

Our new address, effective January 17, 2020:

Center for Railroad Photography & Art
1930 Monroe Street, Suite 301
Madison, Wisconsin 53711

Photograph by Wallace W. Abbey

2020 Conferences

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art will host two conferences in 2020:

Conversations 2020

Conversations Northeast

  • September 19
  • University of Connecticut at Storrs
  • Registrations open June 1

We hope to see you at one or both of them!


Samuel Phillips will share his photography of contemporary railroading in Appalachia at Conversations 2020.

Railroad Heritage, Winter 2020: Halamka, Franz, Jensen and Ableidinger

The Winter 2020 issue of Railroad Heritage is an expanded, 72-page issue that focuses on the West. The cover story by Todd Halamka is the latest in our “Railroads and the Art of Place” series and examines the Fraser Canyon in British Columbia. Justin Franz reports on “Hear the Whistle Blow: Art of the Railway,” an exhibition at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana. Joel Jensen and Lewis Albeidinger explore the remnants of the Milwaukee Road in Harlowton, Montana, and how its Depot Museum has helped catalyze the community’s revival. In this issue’s columns, Arjan den Boer shares two French posters by Foré; archivist Adrienne Evans previews the Center’s new archives storage space in “Out of the Archives;” while Hailey Paige, exhibitions and events coordinator, offers a recap of the Conversations 2019 conference with photographs by Hank Koshollek.

This issue is sold out.

Railroad Heritage 59: Winter 2020

Don Furler’s Lehigh and New England Railroad

A new album from our Donald W. Furler Collection is available online. This selection features a small but mighty anthracite hauler, the Lehigh and New England Railroad, and includes this view of 2-10-0 steam locomotive no. 403 leading a seventy-car freight train east through Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Gap in 1946. View the gallery here:
https://railphoto-art.org/collections/furler/lne/

Donald W. Furler Collection Overview

  • Gift of Alan G. Furler
  • Approximately 7,000 images, mostly 5×7 black-and-white negatives
  • Digitization complete
  • Portraits and action views of steam locomotives from the 1930s to 1950s
  • Extensive coverage of steam operations in the northeastern United States

Railroad Heritage, Fall 2019: Bennett, Lothes, Zimmermann

The fall 2019 issue features a cover story spotlighting artist Gil Bennett, a presenter at Conversations 2019. Karl Zimmermann shares his worldwide photography, which is coming to the Center’s Railroad Heritage Visual Archive. Editor Scott Lothes presents some of his recent photography from Switzerland and his take on “The Art of Place,” a new column launched in the summer issue. Hailey Paige, exhibitions and events coordinator, showcases the Center’s locally-themed traveling exhibitions. Adrienne Evans, archives manager, shares highlights from recent additions to our archive. Inga Velten, development associate, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how we adopted train order forms in our newly-established Legacy Society.

$7.95, 60 pages, color and b/w