Conversations about Ted Rose, October 29

Thursday, October 29, 2020
7:30-8:30 P.M. (U.S. Central)
on Cisco Webex Events
Now Available on YouTube
Join the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and the Colorado Railroad Museum as we immerse ourselves in a discussion focusing on the photography and art of Ted Rose. 
This virtual program is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibit from the Center, Railroads and the American Industrial Landscape: Ted Rose Paintings and Photographs, which runs now through December 31st.
Presentations by Paul Hammond, Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum, and Charles Albi, former Executive Director, will explore connections between the Colorado Railroad Museum and Ted Rose. Scott Lothes, Executive Director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, will provide the keynote presentation for the evening concentrating on Ted Rose and his artistic legacy in the railroading community.
This event is free.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ted Rose attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked in the art department of the Kalmbach Publishing Company. After service in Vietnam, he moved to the Southwest and eventually settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he built a career first as a commercial illustrator and then as an artist. When Rose returned to painting railroad subjects around 1980, he did so with a vengeance, producing some 1,000 watercolors in a little more than two decades. Cancer claimed him too soon, but he continued painting into the final months of his life.
Rose leaves a profound visual legacy. His wife, Polly, donated his photography to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, whose collections staff digitized and cataloged all of his 4,400 negatives.
Railroads and the American Industrial Landscape: Ted Rose Paintings and Photographs, on display at the Colorado Railroad Museum, February 3 – December 31, 2020
The railroad is a central American icon and has inspired some of the most important artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Ted Rose. Rose created stunning, mostly black-and-white photographs of American Industrial settings in the 20th century. The Center for Railroad Photography & Art ( and the Colorado Railroad Museum have collaborated to present this exhibition, which features the artist’s photographs, along with selected watercolor paintings and other works.


Untitled, National Railways of Mexico, Zacatecas, Mexico, 1961, Gelatin silver print, 9 ½ x 7 ½ in., Gift of Ted Rose Studio

Wayfreight, Canadian Pacific, McLean, Saskatchewan, 1959, Gelatin silver print, 15 ¾ x 19 ½ in., Gift of Ted Rose Studio

Virtual Oktoberfest: Milwaukee’s Beer Line, October 6

Now Available on YouTube
Join author John Kelly on Tuesday, October 6 for a virtual Oktoberfest! Crack open your favorite seasonal Octoberfest and join us for a lecture on the history of the Milwaukee Road’s beer line. 
Since statehood, beer has played an integral role in the growth of Wisconsin industry, while bringing Milwaukee national fame. What might be less obvious, but no less important, was the profound role that rail transportation played in this story. This lecture will look at the rise, fall, and rise again of Milwaukee’s beer industry through the eyes of the Milwaukee Road’s Beer Line.
This event is free.
Share your favorite Octoberfest with us during the presentation on Twitter @railphotoart
John Kelly grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and fostered an interest for railroads since a young age. As a teenager he enjoyed watching Chicago & North Western, Milwaukee Road, and Soo Line trains, which all passed though his hometown. His interest in railroad history stuck with him all his life, leading him to write articles for Trains magazine,, and Vintage Rails, as well as author several books, including Streamliners to the Twin Cities, Interurban Trains to Chicago, Chicago Stations, Trains to Victory—American Railroads in World War II, and Railroads of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Road switch engine at the Schlitz Brewery in the 1950s. Photograph by Wallace W. Abbey, collection of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, Abbey-01-084-02.

Creativity & Covid

Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, our creative spirit is alive and well. In late June, we sent out a call for submissions to our members, asking how you were faring during this time. More than seventy of you responded by sending us nearly 200 images from around the world, along with heartfelt descriptions of your time so far.

We expanded the fall 2020 issue of Railroad Heritage to an all-time high of eighty-four pages, dedicating forty-eight of those pages to sharing your submissions. Even then, we ran out of room, and so we also created a web gallery for additional content.

To see the results, you can browse our web gallery and order a copy of the magazine if you do not already have one. To everyone who submitted work for our consideration, all of us at the Center send you our great thanks. It has been a privilege and an inspiration to see your works and read your words.

Railroad Heritage 62: Fall 2020

Virtual Conversations: Fall Edition

As the global health situation continues, we were sadly forced to make the necessary decision to reschedule Conversations Northeast at the University of Connecticut from September 19, 2020 to Fall 2021.

Push any sad thoughts about missing out on another CRP&A gathering aside, however, as we are pleased to announce Virtual Conversation: Fall Edition, coming to cyberspace Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Registration Closed
Member: $20
Non-member: $30
Registration closes Thursday, September 17, 5:00 P.M. (U.S. Central)

This conference will feature awe-inspiring photographers from around the globe:

  • Apurva Bahadur (India), “A Showcase of Indian Railways”
  • Darryl Bond (New Zealand), “In Search of Something Different”
  • Frederick Simon (United States), railroad photography in the Great Plains and Inland Northwest
  • Laura Smith (United States), University of Connecticut’s digital collections, “The Railroad History Collections in the University of Connecticut Archives”
  • Mike Valentine (Austria) & Rolf Stumpf (Germany), “European Photography, Then-and-Now”
  • Roger Watt (Canada), “Drawing the Line”

This program will be hosted live online on Cisco Webex Events.

For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to download and use Webex, please review this CRP&A Webex Users Guide

We are continuing to learn and familiarize ourselves with Cisco’s Webex Events.
For access to our programs:
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  3. Register for the event
Enter the program from a home-secured Internet server; issues have been experienced with university and/or government protected networks. The best way to enter the event is through the link in the email invitation – not through a electronic calendar or through the desktop application directly.
Slow Internet can have significant effects on the program’s speed and sometimes create barriers when entering the program itself. We recommend logging on several minutes ahead of time to iron out any potential network latency issues.

Southbound BCN freighter overtakes 315 Pune – Kolhapur passenger train at Alandi, near Pune, India, on January 26, 2008. Photograph and copyright by Apurva Bahadur

A loaded Ulan coal train arrives just before light evaporates in Hunter Valley, Australia, on August 2, 2019. Photograph and copyright by Darryl Bond

The Railroad Photography of Donald W. Furler

Donald W. Furler helped write the rules of railroad action photography. From taking engine pictures as a teenager in the early 1930s, he joined an elite group of railroad photographers who created a new aesthetic to portray the drama of steam railroading in motion. From the late 1930s through the 1950s, he dedicated nearly all of this free time to documenting operations throughout the northeastern United States and Canada, using a succession of ever-larger cameras for maximum detail and clarity. The Furler Collection is a cornerstone of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s archive, and we are proud to present this monograph.

Scott Lothes, the Center’s president and executive director, wrote the text and selected the photographs. His lead essay examines Furler’s life and photography, his relationship with the first editors of Trains magazine, and the changing railroad landscape of the Northeast. Maps by David Styffe present those railroads as they appeared in 1946 at the height of Furler’s activity and as they are today. Alan G. Furler, the photographer’s son, provides a poignant and personal Afterword.

$60 plus $5 for domestic shipping, hardcover, 10×11 inches, 216 pages, 200 duotone photographs

International shipping is available; please inquire by email at info [at]