William Botkin Collection


Bill Botkin is a photographer who has also photographed railroad subjects since the early 1960s.  He has a fine arts degree in photography and has pursued a variety of subjects, both railroad and non-railroad using both color and black and white mediums. 

Bill was born in Morristown, New Jersey, just as steam was finishing on his favorite railroad, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western.  His work has captured iconic scenes of America’s contemporary railroads and his passion has been to document the passing of steam locomotives in action around the world.  Bill’s travels have taken him to more than a dozen countries, including 7 trips to South Africa to photograph steam in regular service.  He has co-authored two books on the Union Pacific, written several articles on steam and has had his photographs published in numerous books and magazines, including TRAINS and RAILFAN.  In the current age of digital photography and ink-jet printing, Bill continues to shoot film and make prints in his wet darkroom.  In recent years, he has focused his energies on constructing an HO scale model of the Lackawanna at Port Morris, New Jersey in the 1953 era.  Bill retired from AT&T in 2005 as Vice President for Product Management.

William Botkin Collection Overview

  • Promised Gift of William Botkin
  • 11,000 black and white negatives
  • 44,520 color slides
  • 90 reels of moving image film
  • 1960s to 2010’s
  • United States, especially New Jersey and Colorado, with international locations including China, South Africa, Argentina, Romania, Ukraine, and Syria.

Reproduction Requests

  • Please contact William Botkin directly with all image usage and reproduction requests


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