Railroad Heritage, Summer 2021: Los Angeles, Pentrex, Malo

Three fabulous feature articles form the backbone of our Summer 2021 issue. Take a deep look at railroading in Los Angeles with Elrond Lawrence in the cover story, the latest in our “Art of Place” series. If you grew up watching Pentrex railroad videos (or just enjoy a well-told tale of the rise and fall of a media empire), you will not want to miss Justin Franz’s oral history of Pentrex, “I sell train tapes.” For exceptional creative nonfiction writing paired with equally exceptional photographs of contemporary railroading in Texas and Kansas, settle into a favorite chair for Rick Malo’s “Writes of Passage” photoessay.

We also commemorate Amtrak’s 50th anniversary with a gallery from our collections, offer tips for how best to house your collections in “Out of the Archives,” consider the European rivalry between the German Rheingold and French Edelweiss trains, and sit down with Joel Jensen for an interview about his photography and why he values the Center.

$7.95, 68 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 65: Spring 2021

Note about publication orders

The Center’s offices are currently opened on a limited basis. We are fulfilling magazine orders, but please anticipate longer-than-normal delivery times. Our staff members are available by phone and email to answer any questions. Thank you for your patience, and stay healthy.


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 2021: Masters, Sullivan, Jordan

Savor of the work of two supremely talented graphite artists whose work falls a century apart. Frank Bird Masters illustrated railroad fiction stories in the early twentieth century with dramatic drawings that appeared regularly in national magazines. Gregory P. Ames brings Masters’ work back into print with an in-depth look into his life and art, which includes an unexpected trove of cyanotype photography. Kate Sullivan, a contemporary artist from Boston, revels in eastern Europe’s steam locomotives, which she portrays in vivid drawings that get at the essence of these dynamic machines. Join native New Yorker Richard Jordan III for a tour of the beauty and tragedy that is Buffalo Central Terminal in this issue’s “Art of Place” feature.

Adrienne Evans, our archivist, shares more about cyanotypes in her “Out of the Archives” column, which also introduces the newest members of our archives team. In “Art of the Railway Poster,” Arjan den Boer presents the Art Deco influence on Germany’s Mitropa services. Inga Velten shares the Center’s early history in an interview with Bonnie Gruber, widow of our principal founder, John Gruber. We also present our annual Honor Roll with great thanks to our 2020 donors, who helped us thrive in a challenging year.

$7.95, 84 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 64: Spring 2021

Railroad Heritage, Winter 2021: Postcards, Hallock, Stanley

Steam into a new year with the spectacular winter photography of Ralph Hallock, featuring the Denver & Rio Grande Western’s Tennessee Pass with commentary by Mark W. Hemphill, in this issue’s cover story. Get inspired to keep in touch with “The Rise and Fall of the Railroad Postcard,” an in-depth history of railroad postcards by Den Adler, which includes more than seventy images from his extensive collection. Explore railroading on the San Francisco Peninsula in the 1970s with Dave Stanley in our latest installment of “The Railroad and the Art of Place.”

In our columns, learn about our new research and usage fees in “Out of the Archives” by Adrienne Evans, which also includes an update on our processing efforts. Arjan den Boer shares the work of British artist Paul B. Mann in “Art of the Railway Poster.” Inga Velten interviews Richard Tower, a member of our board of directors, in a new column spotlighting the people of the Center. Kevin P. Keefe reviews the new book Logomotive: Railroad Graphics and the American Dream by Ian Logan and Jonathan Glancey, while Hailey Paige provides a rundown of our traveling exhibitions and online events.

$7.95, 72 pages, color and b/w

Railroad Heritage 63: Winter 2021

Keep in touch with CRP&A postcards

In conjunction with an article in Railroad Heritage 2021:1 by Den Adler, “The Rise and Fall of the Railroad Postcard,” the Center has published a set of six postcards with images from our collections. In this time of limited contact and so much electronic communication, we want to encourage physical, tangible correspondence. Our postcards are printed on 130-pound linen cover stock, and they feature the work of photographers Katherine Botkin, William Botkin, Victor Hand, Ronald Hill, Thomas McIlwraith, and James Shaughnessy.

$5 per set of six cards, which includes domestic postage