John Gruber is a founder of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and editor of its journal, Railroad Heritage. He has been a freelance railroad photographer since 1960, and he received an award from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in 1994 for lifetime achievement in photography. He is contributing editor to Classic Trains, co-author of four books, and sole author of the recent Classic Steam, a highly successful Barnes & Noble coffee table book. Gruber edited Vintage Rails magazine from 1995 to 1999. Perhaps best known for his environmental portraits of railroad workers, his presentation at the conference will focus on the final years of operations on the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee interurban electric railroad in the early 1960s.